Brand New Arrivals!

Hey everybody, guess what? After all the new arrivals in the past couple of weeks, we just got some more! Definitely starting the year off strong.

 

CDs:

FitzPatrick, Barefield & Ryan – Occident Meets Orient – CD 2367

The Last Ship – Original Broadway Cast Recording – CD 2370

Venice – Original Cast Recording – CD 2371

Austin Symphony Orchestra – Edward Burlingame Hill Symphony No. 4 – CD 2402

Dub Dynasty – Thundering Mantis – CD 2441

 

Scores:

Adler – Recitative and Rondo Capriccioso for Flute and Piano – M242 .A237 R29 2014

Bach – Six Suites for Cello Solo – M52 .B118 S8 1950

Barab – Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble (reduction) – M1206 .B33 C6 2014

Boccherini – Sonata No. 6 for Cello and Piano – M231 .B66 no. 6

Brahms – Sonata in D Major for Cello and Piano – M236 .B74 op. 78 1975

Chopin – Sonata in G Minor for Cello and Piano – M231 .C54 op. 65 1997

Dragonetti – Twelve Waltzes for Double Bass Solo – M56 .D73 W3 2007

Dun – Eight Memories in Watercolor for Guitar Duo – M293 .T26 M4 2014

Gabrielli – 7 Ricercari for Cello – M52 .G22 1975

Gliere – Suite for Violin/Viola and Double Bass – M287 .G6 S9 2003

Hummel – Fantasie for Viola and Orchestra – M1015 .H86 op. 94 1980

Karchin – Four Sketches for Solo Violin – M42 .K365 S5 2014

Karchin – Lyrics II for Piano – M25 .K368 L9 2014

Kodaly – Sonate for Cello – M52 .K633 op. 8 1952

Picker – Arias for Soprano and Piano – M1507 .P48 A75 2014

Picker – Arias for Tenor and Piano – M1507 .P53 A753 2014

Prokofiev – Sonata in C Major for Cello and Piano – M231 .P918 op. 119 1958

Ran – Birds of Paradise for Flute and Piano – M242 .R255 B5 2014

Schumann – Concerto for Cello, op. 129 – M1017 .S38 op. 129 1995

Serebrier – Tango in Blue for Violin and Piano – M223 .S47 T3 2014

Shostakovich – Concerto No. 1 for Cello and Piano – M1017 .S56 op. 107 1960

Vivaldi – Sonata No. 5 for String Bass and Piano – M238 .V25 S6 1955

Yi – Three Bagatelles from China West for Clarinet and Piano – M242 .C44 B34 2014

Zaimont – JoyDance in Spring for Strings – M1145 .Z25 J6 2012

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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

 

AU Musical Events: Jazz in the Fall, 11/21

Awesome quick show announcement, folks! This Friday, join the inimitable Josh Bayer as he leads a group of AU jazz aces through a bunch of rip-roaring big band tunes for our “Jazz in the Fall” semesterly jazz show!

Bayer’s band this semester are really a good group (and I could tell you, I’m the drummer!). This year we’ve really achieved a balance of lush instrumentation with brash bombast. If I do say so myself.

For this show the band will feature world-class pianist Robert Redd (and I could tell you, he played with us on Saturday!). His superchops prove to match well with the band, whether we’re playing swing, bossa, big band or funk; all will be played at this concert. Redd will also be featured in a more intimate combo-style ensemble to lead off the night (also featuring yours truly).

This awesome event will go down this Friday (11/21) at 8pm in the Abramson Recital Hall in Katzen. Tickets are $10 for the general public, $5 for students and AU community members. What a steal! Hope to see you there!

And heeeere’s the all-important facebook event, which includes a link to pre-order tickets. Make sure to click “attending!”

 

Sweet New Arrivals: John Cage Shock

I’m sure you’ve already heard of yesterday’s atom bomb of a Sweet New Arrival, but there’s another good one that hopefully won’t be too overshadowed. This Arrival is a 3-CD set of recordings from John Cage’s 1962 performances in Japan with pianist David Tudor. These concerts led to the term “John Cage Shock,” a description of the floored nature of Cage’s Japanese audiences. The set is called, appropriately, John Cage: Shock.

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Famous for his piece 4’33” (4 minutes and 33 seconds of silence, allowing audiences to notice the ambience of their surroundings), John Cage was a composer who was fascinated with deconstructing the concepts of music itself. These performances, all featuring hearty helpings of silence, dissonance and prepared instruments, are a very clear portrait of the classical avant-garde in the early ’60s.

The set includes performances both of Cage originals and of pieces by like-minded composers such as Toru Takemitsu, Christian Wolff and Karlheinz Stockhausen. All are very intense and challenging. Also, Yoko Ono shows up at one point. Pretty cool stuff, if you’re into it. Come get shocked!!! at the music library.

Staff Picks: Music for 18 Musicians

Well, readers, it’s Wednesday… Not early enough in the week to talk about sweet new arrivals, and too far from the weekend to start getting excited about cool DC events. So what do we talk about?

The answer, readers, is our Staff Picks, a third new column here at the AU Music Library blog. In this column, our staff looks back into our extensive CD library (over 10,000 of ’em!) and picks something that we think is a special enough part of our collection to tell you about it! It may not be a new arrival, and it may not be a weekend activity, but it’s definitely worth coming in and listening to with us (and maybe checking out).

Our inaugural Staff Pick is Steve Reich’s Music For 18 Musicians.

Steve Reich, one of THE names in 20th-Century classical music, took two years to compose this piece. It premiered in 1976 in New York City. This CD is ECM’s recording of the original ensemble (with Reich’s guidance) playing through the piece. One listen and you can understand why 18 Musicians is considered a landmark minimalist piece as well as an essential album in any genre.

The piece, nearly an hour long, is divided up into 14 tracks, each track representing a different section. It moves past you effortlessly and beautifully, following a 16th-note pulse through serene chords, with the 18 musicians switching among different instruments (including wordless vocals at points) and achieving fluid, soothing musical motion. Unless one plays very close attention, it is hard to hear the piece shifting along; the effect on a casual listener is an hourlong reverie. Put this album on and experience a meditative head-clearing. It’s impossible to listen to this without experiencing reduced stress.

So, if you’re experiencing some midterm-related rage, take an hour off in the music library, and come listen to Steve Reich with us. It’ll be on all week!

New Stuff!

CDs

Daniel Dorff ~ Perennials ~ CD 10174

Laura Elise Schwendinger ~ 3 Works for Solo Instruments and Orchestra ~ CD 10175

Robyn Schulkowsky ~ Armadillo ~ CD 10176

Laura Kaminsky ~ CD 10177

Romberg ~ Blossom Time ~ CD 10178

Martin Perry ~ Bartok, Rosa and Carter ~ CD 10179

Scores

Scriabin ~ Piano Works II ~ M22 .S55 P5 1967 v.2

Okudzhava ~ 65 Songs ~ M1757.18 .O4 F8 1982

Pintscher ~ Reflections of Narcissus ~ M1016 .P56 R44 2005

Brahms ~ Nänie ~ M1533 .B73 N36 1970

Verdi ~ Quattro Pezzi Sacri ~ M2027 .V4 P4 2001

Schumann ~ Abegg – Variationen ~ M27 .S34 op. 1 2004

Chopin ~ Andante Spianato und Grande Polonaise Brillante ~ M37 .C549 A5 1998

Isaak Osipovich Dunaevskii ~ Shkol’nyi val’s ~ M1621 .D86 S45 1952