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.



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


Paul Jacobs: Music of Paris Organ Concert

The Kennedy Center was exceptionally full for a Wednesday evening. With so many options it was hard choosing which event to attend. I eventually settled on an organ concert being performed by current Juilliard Organ Professor Paul Jacobs on the little over a year old Casavant Frères organ.

Kennedy Center Organ

This Rubenstein family organ is new to the Kennedy Center and was an exquisite gift from the Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein. Boasting about 5,000 pipes, ranging from five-eighths of an inch to thirty-two feet long, this instrument holds its own when it comes to performing on its own or with a full orchestra. Paul Jacobs, however, showcased the organ by itself, allowing the audience to hear exactly what this organ is capable of.

As a Grammy Award Winning organist, Mr. Jacobs has not only made a name for himself within the organ Paul Jacobscommunity, but in music as well. At the age of fifteen he was appointed head organist of a parish of 3,500, and eventually went on to Curtis Institute of Music to double-major in organ and harpsichord, and then to Yale University. He made musical history by performing and eighteen hour marathon of the entire works of J.S. Bach on the 250th anniversary of the composers death.

Based on the theme of “Music from Paris,” Mr. Jacobs opened with Vierne’s “Finale from Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 14” that immediately grabbed the attention of the audience with its magnificent runs and dramatic flourishes. Continuing through the program, the audience was taken on a journey through a lesser known composer Nadia Boulanger, and gently extracted the sweet melodies from “Prelude in F minor.” From there, we continued with Duruflé’s “Suite, Op.5.” This piece begins with a somber tone in the first movement, but finally progresses to a virtuosic Toccata that is spirited and lively. After warming up his audience, Mr. Jacobs chose to bring in some selections from “Livre du Saint Sacrement” by Messiaen. These three short selections showcased exactly how versatile the instrument can be. He finished up with “Sonata No.1 in D minor, Op. 42” by Guilmant. The piece gradually builds into a grand statement of the theme, showcasing the organs range and diversity. After receiving a standing ovation, Mr. Jacobs took of his suit jacket, and proceeded to please the crowd with his own rousing transposition of a Saint-Saëns march. This encouraged a second standing ovation as well as cheers from the audience for a phenomenal performance.

To go and experience this magnificent instrument, the following is a list of upcoming concerts in celebration of this new-found treasure.

*Upcoming Events for the Rubenstein Family Organ*

February 19, 2014: Millennium Stage Performance – Conservatory Project Organ Showcase
April 9, 2014: Millennium Stage Performance
May 21, 2014: Iveta Apkalna Organ Recital – Music of Bach, Escaich, Liszt, Kalējs, and Thalben-Ball
June 5, 2014: Organ Postlude following NSO Concert

JUST IN! New Music Scores! Cage, Bach, and More!

Hello and Happy Monday everyone!

Here are music scores that have just  arrived at the Music Library – come visit and check them out!

  1. Elliott Carter – 8 Etudes and a Fantasy for for Woodwind Quartet
  2. Janacek – Mladi, Youth, Die Jugend
  3. J.S. Bach / F. Bruggen – 11 Movements from the Sonatas and Partias
  4. John Cage – Music for Amplified Toy Piano
  5. Luening – Fantasia
  6. Malcolm Arnold – Quintet for 2 Trumpets, Horn, Trombone, and Tuba
  7. Vincent Persichetti – Parable for Solo Trombone
  8. Walter Piston – Three Pieces for Flute, Clarinet, and Bassoon





September 2,  2:00 pm [Studio Theater]
September 7,  4:00 pm – 9:30 pm [Recital Hall]
September 8, 9:00 am [Recital Hall]

Join the AU Music Department in a centennial celebration of John Cage’s birthday!  In partnership with the John Cage Centennial Festival of Washington, DC, American University will be hosting three Cage-ian events!

On September 2nd at 2 pm, come to the Katzen Center Studio Theater to get a taste of Cage’s repertoire with [In] CAGE.  Bonnie Whiting Smith, Dustin Donahue and AU Music Faculty Dr. William Brent, the members of red fish blue fish will be performing.

On September 7th at 4 pm, Tom Delio will give a lecture about John Cage’s percussion work “Amores” [1941].  Following Mr. Delio’s lecture, a series of concerts will cover every decade of Cage’s work from the 1930s to the 1990s.  Steven Schick and the Percussion Group Cincinnati will give rare performances of Cage’s music.  This performance will be located in the Studio Theater at 5:30 pm [free], the Katzen Museum at 6:30 pm [free], and there will  be a feature performance in the Recital Hall at 7:30 pm [$5 with a student ID]. There will be another performance of Cage’s work at 9:30 pm in the Museum [free].

On Saturday September 8th at 9:00 am [Recital Hall], Steven Schick and Percussion group Cincinnati will lead a free masterclass on interpreting Cage and other experimental music that will be performed in the September 7th concert.

For more information about the rest of the John Cage Centennial Festival Washington, DC, visit http://www.johncage2012.com/index.html.

More New CD’s and DVD’s


The Great American Trailer Park Musical ~ CD 9828

Angela Lansbury in Prettybelle ~ CD 9830

Modern Jazz Quartet: Dedicated to Connie ~ CD 9831

A Marvelous Love: New Music for Organ ~ CD 9832

Annea Lockwood: In Our Name ~ CD 9833

The Plastic People of the Universe: Jak bude po smrti ~ CD 9829


New York Dolls: Lookin’ Fine on Television ~ DVD 271

Thunder Soul ~ DVD 272

American Composers

We recently got a ton of scores in here at the Music Library. So many that we can’t really contain it to one post. Therefore in the interest of globalism and international unity, the scores will be categorized into American and European composers.

So let’s start with the American Composers, shall we?

Among other things, we received some Elliot Carter and Steve Reich. However the majority seem to be works by John Cage. In celebration of this, I thought I would present Mr. Cage himself playing a cactus. Awesome, right?

Anyway, here you go:

Louis Andriessen: De Tijd ~ M 1543 .A53 T5 1995

Morton Feldman: Rothko Chapel ~ M 1531 .F45 R65 2008

Steve Reich: City Life ~ M 947 .R45 C58 1998

Steve Reich: Tehillim ~ M 2019.5 .R45 T4 2010

Steve Reich: Different Trains ~ M 452 .R45 D54 1998

John Cage: Rozart Mix ~ M 1470  .C34 R69 1965

John Cage: Speech (1965) ~ M 1470 .C34 S64 1960

John Cage: Cheap Imitation ~ M 25 .C34 C443 1970

John Cage: Music for Wind Instruments ~ M 557 .C34 M8 1997

John Cage and Lou Harrison: Double Music ~ M485 .C34 D68 1961

John Cage: The City Wears a Slouch Hat ~ M 1527.5 .C.24 C58 2010

John Cage: A Book of Music for Two Prepared Pianos ~ M 214 .C3 B6 1960

John Cage: Hymns and Variations for 12 Amplified Voices ~ M 1529.5 .C34 H8 1979

Elliot Carter: Pocahontas ~ M 1003 .C325 P6 1969

Elliot Carter: Night Fantasies ~ M 25 .C73 N5 1995

Elliot Carter: Concerto for Orchestra ~ M 1042 .C37 C6 1990

Elliot Carter: Symphonia: Sum Fluxae Pretium Spei ~ M 1045 .C378  S9 2008


Tomorrow we’ll have the scores from across the pond.

First New Scores of 2012!

Martin Bresnick – Pan Penseroso: for 2 flutes and piano (M1021 .B73 P36 2011)Arvo Part

Antonio Vivaldi – Concerto in D minor, Op. 3, No. 11, RV 656: for 2 violins and piano (M1113 .V837 E8 no. 11 1964)

Eugène Bozza – Hommage a Bach: for trombone and piano (M263 .B69 H6 1957)

Arvo Pärt – Spiegel im Spiegel: for cello and piano (M236 .P37 S6 1996)

Arvo Pärt – Tabula Rasa: double concerto for violin, viola, string orchestra and prepared piano (M1140 .P37 T33 2002)

Arvo Pärt – The Beatitudes: for choir and organ (M2079 .E168 P32 1990)

Morton Feldman – Clarinet and String Quartet (M562 .F44 C5 1995)

Norman Dello Joio – The Norman Dello Joio Vocal Collection (M1620 .D46 D46 2011)

Marc-Antoine Charpentier – Messe de Minuit (M2010 .C49 M45 2004)

James J. Pellerite – A Modern Guide to Fingerings for the Flute (MT348 .P45 1988)

William Bay – Building Right Hand Technique: Solo Pieces and Studies for Developing Right Hand Agility and Virtuosity (MT585 .B39 B85 1982)

William Leavitt – Melodic Rhythms for Guitar (MT585 .L43 M4 2000)

Broadway Songs: Easy Piano (M1507 .B8621 2005)