New CDs Have Arrived!

Buffy Sainte-Marie – It’s My Way! – CD 2447

The Smashing Pumpkins – Gish – CD 2425

Julie London – Julie Is Her Name – CD 2427

Tame Impala – Currents – CD 2450

Tame Impala – Innerspeaker – CD 2449

Pink Floyd – Atom Heart Mother – CD 2403

Opeth – Morningrise – CD 2401

Carousel of American Music – San Francisco Concerts – CD 2453

Vivaldi, Recomposed by Max Richter – The Four Seasons – CD 2456

20th Century Masters – The Best of Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions – CD 2429

Nick Drake – Time Of No Reply – CD 2510

The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots – CD 2503

Johnny Cash – The Legend – CD 2457

Richard Strauss – Elektra – CD 2518

Woody Guthrie – Library of Congress Recordings – CD 2519

Iron & Wine – The Creek Drank The Cradle – CD 2512

i am sam – Motion Picture Soundtrack – CD 2517

Dr. John – Gumbo – CD 2506

Norah Jones – Come Away With Me – CD 2513

Elvis Presley – Heart & Soul – CD 2508

Ella Fiztgerald – Ella & Friends – CD 2470

Hank Williams – Gold – CD 2469

Dixie Chicks – Wide Open Spaces – CD 2480

Bessie Smith – The Collection – CD 2463

20th Century Masters – The Best of Bill Monroe – CD 2473




New Music Concert!

This Thursday (tomorrow), from 7:30-9:00, Ensemble-in-Residence INTERFERENCE new music collective will present their fourth performance, Washington Landscape, in our ongoing series Connected: Music in the Museum. It will take place in the Katzen Art Museum, and will feature compositions and performances by some of our very own faculty! The program will start with a talk by Dr. Sean Doyle about the late Pierre Boulez, a French composer and conductor who recently passed, and will proceed with pieces written by William Brent,  Fernando Benadon, Steve Antosca, Jeffery Mumford and Frederick Weck! It will be both an acoustic and electronic music event with Nancy Snider on Cello, Noah Getz on Saxophone, William Brent on computer, John Pickford Richards on viola, Lina Bahn on violin, and Danfis on video and drums.
Concerts are free and open to the public so bring your friends! It will be a great concert filled with the music of top caliber musicians!
This Thursday (tomorrow), 4/21/2016, at 7:30 in the Katzen Art Museum!

Link to event

New Scores Have Arrived!

We recently received a lot of new scores and sheet music. Check it!

David R. Gillingham – Songbook, for Viola and Marimba – M298 .G56 S65 2015

Michael Torke – Concerto for Orchestra – M 1041 .T67 C6 2014

Ron Spagnardi – Snare Drum Duets – M 298 .S733 D8 2003

William Albright – Fantasy Etudes for Saxophone Quartet – M 457.2 .A43 F36 2003

Ferdinand David – Concertino, for Trombone and Piano accompaniment – M 1033 .D38 op.4 M9 1944

Derek Bourgeois – Trombone Concerto, op.114 – M 1033 .B68 op.114 1989

O. Blume – Twelve Melodious Duets, for Two Trombones, Two Euphoniums, Two Bassons – M 289 .B59 T84 1923

Keith Brown – Six Canonic Sonatas, for Two Trombone – M 289 .T46 C36 1981

Nathan Daughtrey – The Yuletide Marimbist 2, 8 More Christmas Favorites for Solo Marimba – M 175 .D38 Y85 2014

William Bolcom – String Quartet No. 6 – M 452 .B665 no.6 2015

Marvin Roth – Bassoon Duets Vol. 1 & 2 – M 288 .R67 B37 1973

Philip Glass – Orbit, for Solo Cello – M 52 .G54 064 2013

H. Voxman – Selected Studies, for Trombone – MT 465 .V69 S44 1990

Leslie Bassett – 12 Duos, for 2 (or 4) Trombones – M 289 .B34 T85 1978

H.W. Tyrell – 40 Progessive Studies, for Trombone – MT 465 .T97 2009

Lalo Davila – Timp-Tastic, A Collection of 10 Timpani Solos for 2,3 & 4 Drums – M 146 .D38 T56 2014

Alexander Lepak – 26 Contemporary Snare Drum Duets – M 298 .L473 1991

Samuel Barber – Overture to “The School For Scandal” – M 1004 .B24 S3 1990

J.S. Bach – Two Part Inventions, BWV 772-786, For Two Trombones – M 289 .B21 I5 2009

Tommy Pederson – Ten Duets For Tenor Trombone – M 289 .P43 T4 1976

A Charlie Brown Christmas, for Solo Piano – M 1527.8 .G8 C42 2000

Francis Poulenc – Fiançailles Pour Rire, for Voice and Piano – M 1621 .P87 F5 1940

Grateful Dead – The Definitive Collection (piano/voice/guitar) – M 1630.18 .G698 G73 2015

Aretha Franklin – 20 Greatest Hits (piano/voice/guitar) – M1630.18 .F736 A14 2015

Steven Lutvak – A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Vocal Selections – M1508 .L88 G46 2014

Alan Menken – Newsies: Music from the Broadway Musical, Vocal Selections – M1508 .N47 2012

Enrique Granados – Goyescas: Los Majos Enamorados (piano) – M24 .G764 G6 2015

New arrivals!!!

We have new music and CDs at the library. Check it out!!!!

Chuck Owen & The Jazz Surge – River Runs – CD 2349

Snarky Puppy – Family Dinner, vol 1 – CD 2372

Snarky Puppy – Family Dinner, vol 2 – CD 2373

Sergei Rachmaninov – Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Piano and Orchestra) – M 1010 .R12 op.43

Carl Czerny – Grande Serenade Concertante (Clarinet, Horn, Violoncello, and Piano) – M 422 .c94 op.126 2000

Sydney Hodkinson – String Quartet No. 7 – M 452 .H73 no. 7 2015

Christmas Traditions for String Quartet – Arranged by Carol Neuen-Rabinowitz – M 454 .N48 C5 2001

Birkat Haderekh – Blessing for the Road (Clarinet, Violin, Violoncello, and Piano) – M 422 .R26 B57 2015 

Gordon Jacob – Quratet (Oboe and Strings) – M 462 .J33 Q37 2010

Richard Danielpour – Inventions on a Marriage (Violin and Violoncello) – M 287 .D22 I5 2015

Peter Maxwell Davies – Brass Quintet – M 557.4 .D39 B73 2014

Maury Yeston – December Songs – M 1621.4 .Y47 D4 2000

Shulamit Ran – Glitter, Doom, Shards, Memory String Quartet No. 3 – M 452 .R17 no. 3 2015

Complete Christmas Music Collection – M 1629.3 .C5 C66 2005

Best Christmas Music (Easy Piano) – M 1629.3 .C5 B47 1997

Max Reger – Serenades op. 77a and 141a (Flute, Violin and Viola) – M 361 .R33 K82 2006

Hip Hop Scholarship Event!!! March 21st

Maziwebsite.jpgThere is a really cool event happening Monday, March 21st, entitled “You Must Learn”: The Legacy of Hip Hop Scholarship, that we wanted to share with you and the world. Mazi Mutafa, the Executive Director of Words Beats & Life, will be coming to AU to discuss the state of Hip Hop scholarship, leaders in the Hip Hop scholarship community, and seminal books in the field. As we know, Hip Hop was rooted in activism and so much more than just music. It was a way to educate and empower people through the music, and now,  Universities all over the country are acknowledging this, as evidence through their Hip Hop archives and libraries; books, journals, and documentaries; courses and curricula; and innumerable homages to Hip Hop’s legacy. Mazi will be addressing these topics and well as the important events and initiatives in Hip Hop scholarship, community service and his organization, Words Beats & Life.


The nonprofit organization advocates for the transformative power of hip-hop culture in all its forms, empowering artists to relentlessly create and refine systems that demonstrate positive change through individual and collective brilliance. They publish a scholarly journal on Hip Hop, have an academy for youth to study, support upcoming and established artists and SOOO much more!

Be sure to make it to Mazi’s talk to learn more about Hip Hop scholarship! It will take place at Bender Library, Training and Event Room 115 at 11:30 a.m., Monday, March 21st!! RSVP is required, see the link below!!

Monday, March 21, 2016
Bender Library, Training and Events Room (115)
11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

For more information about Mazi and his organization, see Words Beats & Life’s website!!!

Library’s event page

We also hold Hip Hop CDs here at the music library in Katzen. Check out our Pinterest to see what we have, and stop by to check them out!


Hidden Gems! Stephen Collins Foster – Songs and Compositions

Have you ever wondered who wrote the song/lyrics “Oh! Susanna, do not cry for me; I come from Alabama, with my Banjo on my knee”, or “De Camptown ladies sing this song, Doo-Da! Doo-Da! De Camptown’s racetrack five miles long, Oh Doo-da day!”?
1940_FamAmer_e_1.pngIt was Stephen Foster, and we hold his entire collection here at the library! He has been given the title of “the father of American music”, or “most famous songwriter of the 19th century”, and two centuries later we still feel his reach on music. His work has been recorded a countless number of times, from artists like Bob Dylan, The Byrds, James Taylor, Yo Yo Ma, and Alison Kruass. Even Charles Ives quoted a variety of Foster’s songs in many of his own works. He has been immortalized in memorials, sculptures, a musical, television, film and even a postage stamp!

I bring up all his accomplishments not only to show how important he is to American music, but to also point out how lucky we are to have a collection such as this! It’s a work that only 1,000 libraries around the world have and includes over 200 original songs and compositions, and also arrangements of his own work and that of others. The majority are first editions with information about each piece/song, and they have a range of accompaniment parts, from piano, to guitar, to woodwinds/strings, to a small chamber ensemble. There is sooo much music that can be played by all types of musicians in this collection!


Just to give an example of what one of these sheets of music look like, here is a first edition of “Oh! Susanna”
arranged for solo voice, piano, and a chorus


Another example is a first edition of “Camptown races” copyrighted March 20, 1952
 arranged for voice and guitar


These are just two examples of music in this collection. Like stated before, there are over 200 original songs and compositions, and also arrangements of his own work and that of others. If you like/love folk music, you need to see what else is here! Come by the library to check it out!

Steven Stucky, the Composer, Conductor, Educator, and Author


We lost a great composer over the weekend that we wanted to pay tribute to here at the library. His name is Steven Stucky, and he was one of America’s most highly regarded and frequently performed composers of our time. He was an active conductor, lecture, teacher, holding multiple positions in music at several institutions. His achievements were noted and he was awarded with prizes like the Pulitzer, Guggenheim, Lieberson, Victor Herbert. To keep it short, he was an important figure in the contemporary music scene.


Here at the library, we’re privileged enough to house a few of the works of this great composer.

In our audio collection, we hold:

American Breeze, which features a piece called “Serenade for Woodwind quintet” CD 9957

His GRAMMY nominated oratorio for mezzo-soprano, soprano, tenor, baritone, choir and orchestra called “August 4, 1964” (available through our streaming services)

His work written for solo marimba titled “Dust Devil.” CD 5102

“In Shadow, In light” (available through our streaming services)

His orchestral work titled “Son et lumieire” (available through our streaming services)

In our sheet music collection, we hold:

We have his orchestra piece, “Silent Spring: For Orchestra,” a solo marimba work of his cited above ^ titled”Dust Devil,” and a chamber work for flute, clarinet, percussion, violin, cello,  and piano titled “Ad Parnassum.”

In our book collection, we hold:

Stucky was an expert on polish composer Witold  Lutoslawski so he wrote a book about him.


Read more about the life of this man, listen and read his works. They really are amazing!

(More readings about his life)NYtimes NPR