Four CD’s of Beauty and Wonder

Howdy loyal patrons, friends, enemies, and all other readers who don’t fall into those categories!

We have four new exciting CD’s in for your perusing benefit!

Intimate Letters – Juilliard String Quartet – CD 10394

Hanson Conducts Hanson – Howard Hanson – CD 10395

Toward the Unknown Region – Vaughan Williams – CD 10396

Sprung Rhythm – Inscape – CD 10397

Come by and check them out!

Also, the Hanson and the Vaughan Williams are on reserve since the AU Symphony Orchestra will be performing selections included on these discs on April 24th and 25th.

The New York Philharmonic: Full Digital Archives!

You all know how much we here at the music library love archives, and rightly so! They are a great way to delve into the past, and to witness the evolution of your research topic throughout history.

Speaking of archives, an enormous archive has just been finished, that of the New York Philharmonic. That’s right, they’ve finished the massive undertaking of archiving every single performance program published since their founding year of 1842. So now you can go back through 173 years (count ’em!) of NY Phil concert programs, 13,300 in total.

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Their site notes that among these programs are such historically significant ones as “those from the 1865 memorial concert for Abraham Lincoln; the 1893 World Premiere of Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World; the 1928 World Premiere of Gershwin’s An American in Paris, with program notes by the composer; the concert that took place on December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor Day; for the free downtown chamber concerts given after 9/11 for those working near the ruins of the World Trade Center; and from the Philharmonic’s national and international tours, including Toscanini’s 1930 European Tour and the 2008 tour to Pyongyang, D.P.R.K., led by then Music Director Lorin Maazel.” Not quite actual audio recordings, but we’ll take it!

They also make sure to mention that these archives are free and accessible online to all researchers. I have a feeling this will be of major use to many music students at AU and worldwide. And even if you’re not researching for any specific purpose, it has to be exciting to walk down American classical music’s memory lane and hear the language of these classic documents. Check them out here!

More New Arrivals!

Yeah, you read that right. If yesterday’s flood of arrivals somehow didn’t satisfy your musical needs, we’ve got a whole second day’s worth! Here ya go:

 

SCORES:

28 Italian Songs and Arias (High) – M1619 .A173 2010 (includes CD)

28 Italian Songs and Arias (Medium High) – M1619 .A1735 2008 (includes CD)

28 Italian Songs and Arias (Low) – M1619 .A174 2010 (includes CD)

28 Italian Songs and Arias (Medium Low) – M1619 .A1745 2008 (includes CD)

28 Italian Songs and Arias (Medium) – M1619 .A175 2010 (includes CD)

Bolcom – Concert Songs v.1 (High) – M1620 .B668 C66 2014 v.1

Bolcom – Concert Songs v.2 (High) – M1620 .B668 C66 2014 v.2

Bolcom – Concert Songs v.1 (Medium/Low) – M1620 .B668 C662 2014 v.1

Bolcom – Concert Songs v.2 (Medium/Low) – M1620 .B668 C662 2014 v.2

Leipzig Church Music from the Sherard Collection – M2 .C64362 v.20

Mahler – Das Lied von der Erde – M3 .M25 Bd.2 Suppl. 2012

Meldert – Il Primo Libro de Madrigali a Cinque Voci – M2 .R2384 v.161

Rorem – 50 Collected Songs (High) – M1620 .R67 C65 2008

Rorem – 50 Collected Songs (Medium/Low) – M1620 .R787 F52 2008

Seventeenth-Century Italian Motets with Trombones – M2 .C64362 v.19

 

CDS:

Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music, vol. 4 – CD 2360

This Heat – Out Of Cold Storage – CD 1529

Salt-N-Pepa – Best of Salt-N-Pepa 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection – CD 1488

Tanya Kruse Ruck & Elena Abend – Over The Fence: Songs of Elsa Respighi, Lori Laitman, and Modesta Bor – CD 2434

Stockhausen – Complete Early Percussion Works – CD 2471

New Semester, New Arrivals S2015

Hello, 2015!

To kick off our spankin’ new semester we’ve got a deluge of new arrivals, scores and CDs! To save this poor blogger some time, we’ll be posting half of them today and some more tomorrow (arbitrarily chosen). Here’s day 1, and check back tomorrow for some more!

SCORES:

Baker – Mickey Baker’s Complete Course in Jazz Guitar, books 1-2 – MT582 .B2 1955

Baker – Mickey Baker’s Jazz Guitar – MT582 .B2 1973

Glenn & Taylor (ed.) – Classic Italian Songs for School and Studio, Vol. III – M1619 .G536 C5 v. 3

Lu – Partita for brass trio – 357.4 .L8 P37 2013

Meacham – American Patrol; German Trombone Vibration, arr. for trombone quartet by Jorg Vollerthun – M459 .M43 A44 2011

Mozart – Concerto no. 14 in E-flat major for Piano and Orchestra (KV 449) – M1011 .M93 K.449 1990

Mozart – Concerto no. 27 in B-flat major for Piano and Orchestra (KV 595) – M1011 .M92 K.595 2011

Mozart – Piano Concerto in G Major piano reduction (KV 453) – M1011 .M93 K.453 2006

Mozart – Piano Concerto in C Major piano reduction (KV 467) – M1011 .M93 K.467 2006

Phillips – Catamaran for brass septet – M757.4 .P45 C38 2013

Saint-Saens – Concerto no. 1 in A for Violoncello and Orchestra, op. 33 – M1016 .S15 op. 33 2001

Segovia – Diatonic Major and Minor Scales – MT585 .S44 D53 2011

Sousa – The Gladiator March, arr. for trombone quartet by Andrew Converse – M459 .S68 G53 2010

Sousa – Stars and Stripes Forever, arr. for trombone by Brad Howland – M459 .S68 .S83 1999

Tiger Rag, arr. for trombone quartet by Jack Gale – M459 .T541 1993

Von Suppe – Light Cavalry (the good parts), arr. for trombone quartet by Craig Kaucher – M459 S88 2006

Wagner – Ride of the Valkyries, arr. for trombone by David Uber – M459 .W25 R46 2002

 

CDS:

Allen Anderson – An Opportunity for Mischief – CD 6962

David Claman, Ryan Vigil, John McDonald – Keypunch – CD 7089

Trouble Funk – Drop The Bomb – CD 1892

Love’s Labour’s Lost (Original Cast Recording) – CD 8289

A Loving Home’s A Happy Home: 19th Century Moravian Parlor Music – CD 8279

Otha Turner and the Afrosippi Allstars feat. the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band – From Senegal to Senatobia – CD 2204

Yann Tiersen – Music from the Motion Picture Amelie – CD 2080

 

Symphony Season: the Numbers!

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra just compiled a very interesting batch of data based on the 2014-2015 season programming of 21 major national orchestras. The BSO (and by the BSO, probably some of their interns, but who knows?) aggregated the nation’s planned performances into the below infographic, which contains some very interesting (but, possibly, unsurprising) information about the performed material- age of pieces, gender/nationality of composers, popularity of certain composers, etc.

Enough out of me, peruse this fascinating (and very visually appealing) infographic (more writing beneath it)!

Orchestra Season Infographic

Like I said, this is a very interesting chart, but I’m not sure how surprising its revelations were. That said, it is quite staggering to see the actual numbers, such as 98% of all performed composers being male, and that the most performed living composer only gets 35 performances while the most performed composer overall gets 317. The nationality divide between most-performed composers overall vs. living is intriguing as well. All of these facts bring with them a litany of implications about the diversity (or lack thereof) in classical music performances, especially if you’re a fan of the genre, or if you want to become a professional classical musician.

My favorite thing about this infographic is the fact that the BSO actually put it together. I think it’s great that a major orchestra like the BSO is beginning to take strides to reassess the standards of what they and their peers perform. According to the original article, they will be publishing several pieces in the coming weeks analyzing their finds further, which is sure to be even more interesting.

In other news, a very happy birthday to Neil Young!

Happy Halloween!

Hey music library readers! Are you going to spend tonight trick-or-treating or pranking suburban dads? Or will you spend it like our esteemed leader, Sam, indoors hiding from the debauchery? If you’re going with the last option (nothing wrong with that), might as well have some spoOoOoOoky classical music to play, just to keep in that holiday spirit! (what’s the point of this holiday, anyway?)

Well looky here, what’s this? A compilation of all the scariest classical music you’ve ever imagined? Right here? In the Music Library? What a shock! Known as “Fright Night,” and subtitled “Music That Goes Bump in the Night,” this CD has spent centuries as a dark rumor passed around occult souvenir shops and witches’ fires. Through some kind of Faustian bargain, I must guess, we now have one of six hundred and sixty-six copies (that’s 666, everyone) sitting in our shelves.

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Terrifying!

This demonic CD boasts a great selection of dark & creepy classical pieces, such as Modest Mussorgsky’s “Night On Bald Mountain” (originally from his “Pictures at an Exhibition), known as the song from the Fantasia scene where giant ghouls descend from the mountain onto the small town below. Other highlights include Dukas’ “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” (also of Fantasia fame) and of course Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King.” Berlioz’s “March to the Scaffold” is here. Bach’s “Toccata in D minor” is here (the creepy lightning-flash haunted castle organ music). Even Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” makes an appearance (is that one scary? not so sure…).

I can see why this CD is the stuff of legend. Even looking at its track list makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. It’s the perfect pick for a paranoid Halloween night at home, so come grab it before we close!

Here’s the link: http://catalog.wrlc.org/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?BBID=400046