Aaaaand MORE New Scores!

Magnus Lindberg, Expo – M 1045 .L738 E97 2013

Paul Dukas, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice for Vibraphone and Marimba – M 298 .D87 A67 2013

Saint-Saens, Romances for Horn and Piano – M 1029 .S17 op. 36 2013

Richard Danielpour, Remembering Neda for Flute, Cello, and Piano – M 322 .D36 R46 2013

Christopher Rouse, Heimdall’s Trumpet for Solo Trumpet and Orchestra – M 1031 .R69 H45 2013

Samuel Barber, String Quartet – M 452 .B25 op. 11 1980

Scott Joplin, The Entertainer – M 559 .J67 E57 2013

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Voyage for String Quartet – M 452 .Z95 V69 2013

William Bolcom, Satires for Madrigal Group – M 1529.5 .B65 S28 2013

Stephen Paulus, Luther Mass for Mixed Chorus and Orchestra – M 2013 .P38 L77 2013

Mark-Anthony Turnage, Three Trios for Violin, Cello, and Piano – M 311 .T87 T75 2013

Alexander Rosenblatt, Blues – M 221 .R67 B68 2013

Giovanni Battista Cirri, Sonata no. 3 – M 231 .C58 S663 2013

New Year, New Explorations

Hello, from your brand new hire at the Music Library! A quick note about me; I am a recent transfer student and a music major here at AU. Music has been a part of my life from the time I was born, and I enjoy listening to most everything. However, lately I have reconnected with classical music, so this is a bit heavier on that genre.

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Renée Fleming: “Signatures & Great Opera Scenes”

Call Number: 1942

Recently chosen to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl XLVIII, soprano Renée Fleming has blazed a unique trail of success for vocalists everywhere to be inspired by. A graduate from Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam for undergraduate, and Eastman School of Music for her graduate studies, she has performed for various events such as the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2006 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony.

A four-time grammy award winner, Ms. Fleming was accompanied by Sir Georg Solti and the London Symphony Orchestra for her “Signatures & Great Opera Scenes” record. It includes excerpts from Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Dvořák, Verdi, Britten, and R. Strauss.

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Music from Baz Luhrmann’s film: “The Great Gatsby”

Call Number: 10106

No matter what you may have thought of the movie itself, the music used for the Great Gatsby is astounding in variety. With a stellar line up including Jay-Z, Jack White, Lana Del Ray, and Beyonce singing with Andre 3000, that’s just the beginning of what this record has to offer. The album was produced by Baz Luhrmann and Shawn “Jay Z” Carter.

Fun Fact: Jack White went on to produce a limited vinyl edition of this record through his label “Third Man Records.”

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Hector Berlioz: “Symphonie Fantastique”

Call Number: 9272

Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique” was inspired by Beethoven’s new unconventional style of composing and it consists of five movements, each one describing a part of an artistic journey of an artist on a drug high. It is said that this piece was an attempt to woo and attract the attention of Irish actress Harriet Smithson. After several premiers, the piece failed to grab her attention, but eventually she understood that the piece was about her. They began courting, and in a desperate attempt, Berlioz took a lethal dose of opiates in front of her to convince her to marry him. Out of desperation she agreed, and he then took an anecdote that he had hidden on himself. His composition had become a reality, and created a new direction for music.

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Music from the motion picture: “The Pianist: A Roman Polanski Film”

Call Number: 3045

Inspired by a true story, this soundtrack consists of Chopin piano pieces, which was the repertoire of choice of the main character in the movie and in real life. Inspired by events transpiring during the Holocaust, the movie depicts a story of survival because of music. Although the movie is intense, the piano playing is some of the best example of Chopin’s pieces. It’s perfect background music for a quiet night in.

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William Porter: “One of a kind music of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)”

Call Number: 4054

As an organist, my picks would not be complete without some Bach. William Porter, a long time organ professor from the Eastman School of Music recorded this on the Gottfried and Mary Fuchs organ (Paul Fritts & Company) at the Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. The recording includes the infamous Toccata and Fugue in d minor BWV 565, often recognized as music connected with the “Phantom of the Opera.” In the Passacaglia in c minor BWV 582, J.S. Bach takes one theme and runs with it for close to fifteen minutes. The sheer brilliance and variety makes it an epic piece to listen to.

Come on in to the Music Library, located in Katzen, and check us out along with my music picks and the wide variety of music that we have!

Staff Picks!

Happy Tuesday everyone! My staff picks will highlight a segment of the Music Library’s collection that doesn’t get much attention, which is a little surprising, since we actually have quite a good amount of it: classic rock. (Or as I called it when I was little, “Dad’s music”.) Recently I’ve started to get into it though, and in doing so I found that the Music Library carries a decent (and expanding) amount of classic rock. Here, I’ve selected a few records in particular.

Black Sabbath (CD 9984)

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Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd (CD  3675)

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The Complete Studio Recordings – Led Zeppelin (CD 1871)

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Back in Black – AC/DC (CD 9648)

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Chronicle, Vol. 1 – Creedence Clearwater Revival (CD 4630)

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New CD Arrivals!

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La-La Means I Love You: The Definitive Collection, The Delfonics – CD 10116

13 Songs, Fugazi – CD 10114

Rain Dogs, Tom Waits – CD 10113

Opening Veins, David Felder & Andrew Rindfleisch – CD 10117

Gondwana ; Desintegrations ; Time and Again, Tristan Murail – CD 10115

Threads of the Heart, David Walther – CD 10118

Airy, John McDonald & Joanna Kurkowicz – CD 10120

In This Moment: Women and their Songs – CD 10119

Opika Pende: Africa at 78 RPM – CD 10112

New CDs and Scores!

New CDs

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Hands on a Hardbody: Original Broadway Cast Recording – CD 10108

Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. I, Chris Thile – CD 10107

Clownaround: Original Show Album – CD 10109

The Last Five Years – CD 10110

Songs of Freedom, Bob Marley – CD 10094

Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Otto Nicolai – CD 10104

New Music with Guitar, Vol. 8, David Starobin – CD 10103

Piano Concertos No. 1 & 2, John Musto – CD 10102

Returning Souls, Shih-Hui Chen – CD 10101

KammarensembleN – CD 2698

The Great Gatsby: Music from the Film – CD 10106

Pianist Lost: Sunken Cathedrals, Peter Halstead – CD 10105

New Scores

Four Songs on Poems of Seamus Heaney, Louis Karchin – M 1613.3 .K37 F68 2012

An Anthology of Fifteenth-Century Italian Psalms, John Karr – M2 .I55 v. 27 / 2

Matthaus-Passion, Johann Sebastian Bach – ML 96.5 .B18 BWV 244 2013

Einfuhrungsmusiken IV, C.P.E. Bach – M3 .B103 V. 3/4

Keyboard Sonatinas from Prints, C.P.E. Bach – M3 .B103 V. III/11

Magnificat, C.P.E. Bach – M3 .B103 V. Suppl. 2

Guido’s Rhythmic Rules, Ken Stephenson – MT 5.5 .G8313 2012

Music for a Great City, Aaron Copeland – M 1003 .C778 M79 1965

Weekly Staff Picks!

  

Eruptions: Orchestral Excerpts for Low Brass (CD 9444)

This CD is my new best friend, because really nothing sounds as powerfully dramatic as classical music in low brass!

Jorge Martin – Cello Music (CD 9442)

And now to throw a wrench into my low instrumental theme: country music! The music library actually has a pretty significant stash of country (also known as “the sounds of my childhood”) so I thought I would select some of my favorites to expose this collection to the light in case there are any country fans out there!

    

Jo Dee Messina – Burn (CD 2514)

Lonestar – Lonely Grill (CD 2959)

Dixie Chicks – Fly (CD 2511)