Thriller Nights: A cultural discussion on Michael Jackson hosted by the AU Library

Thriller Nights: A cultural discussion on Michael Jackson hosted by the AU Library

Darkness falls across the land…

The midnight hour is now at hand…

Calling all creatures of the night, Halloween fanatics, Michael Jackson lovers, and pop-culture connoisseurs! On October 25th, the American University Library will be presenting a cultural reading of Michael Jackson’s best-selling album, Thriller.

Director of American Studies, Dr. Tristan Cabello, will discuss Thriller on a deeper level than the mainstream popularity we’re all familiar with. Despite the fact that the opening synth chords in the album’s title track urge everyone to bust out its’ signature dance moves, the song, music video, and album also had a significant impact on pop-culture moving forward into the next three decades.

American pop has experienced many shifts in its musical evolution, but it has never seen anything quite like Michael Jackson’s influence after the release of Thriller on November 30th, 1982. “From the birth of the music video as an art form, to the participation of ballroom-trained black queer choreographers, to the negotiation of the digital turn in the recording industry,” there is much to learn about his contributions to society both during and after his lifetime.

If you’re interested in attending this event and wish to prepare, feel free to stop by the Music Library to check out our complete Michael Jackson Discography! CDs are available to check out for 1 week or you are more than welcome to use the CD player provided in the library to enjoy.

The discussion will be held in Bender Library Training and Events Room 150, and more information can be found on the University Library’s page:



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.

Sweet New Arrivals: The Wire

If you’ve ever visited the Music Library (we hope so), you’ve probably noticed our fat stacks of Billboard magazines. These are magazines devoted to keeping up with the mainstream music industry, as measured by radio charts and articles about high-powered musicians and executives.

Now, we’ve begun a subscription to a music mag of an entirely different sort: The Wire. This UK-based magazine is devoted to music that flies more under the radar- experimental music in many genres.

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Evolution of The Wire

The Wire began in the early 1980s as a publication devoted to the jazz world. As it grew in fame and influence, it began to branch out into the worlds of hip hop, electronic music, folk, and even rock (albeit the experimental fringes of these genres).


This month’s cover features electronic artist Actress, as well as stories about instrument builder Ellen Fullman, saxophonist Steve Lacy, ambient musician William Basinski, and outsider folkie Jandek (who The Wire seems to love quite a bit). Come check it out, and come back every month for more challenging and exciting music insight, courtesy of The Wire and your very own Music Library!

Pop Up Music Library!

Hey everyone! This is just a quick post letting y’all know about our super-cool pop-up music library event. It’s happening tomorrow from 3-5 right smack in the middle of the main library!

Our mission for this event is to spread awareness of, well, us. We’re coming armed with hundreds of great CDs, our favorites from genres including pop, rock, jazz, R&B, rap, classical, folk and world music. We’ll even have some musicals!

Up to now, we have served mostly music students, who make use of our thousands of scores for practice and for their classes. However, we want to branch out to the whole student community! We hope that library-bound students will see our “fat stacks” of CDs and begin to use our collection as an opportunity to build their tastes and learn more about music.

Come by and say hey! There will be cool, friendly music library employees manning the desk, right in front of the globe on the library’s main floor. There will be hundreds of awesome CDs. There may even be snacks! (Not a guarantee). Get to know us!

Carley’s Staff Picks!

In recent months I have been fueled by Beethoven. Piano sonatas, string quartets, symphonies, concertos, everything. So, my first staff pick is the excellent documentary In Search of Beethoven. There are too many prominent ensembles, conductors and pianists featured in the film to count. The documentary truly takes the viewer on a journey. It catalogs his works and gives us some insight into Beethoven’s remarkable personality and his empathy for humanity.

In Search of Beethoven: A film by Phil Grabsky  ~  DVD 202

Chamber music. There’s so much of it! I think Mendelssohn is a good place to start. His piano trios are remarkable (the man DID write “Songs without Words”).

Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in D minor was written in 1839, the year before Schumann experienced his most prolific year of songwriting. I love that Schumann viewed Mendelssohn as the Mozart of the 19th century, saying that he was the “most of illuminating of musicians”. High praise.

The Piano Trios of Felix Mendelssohn  ~  CD 9069

2013 is the bicentennial of Verdi and Wagner! Orchestras and Opera companies all over the world are celebrating with seasons dedicated to performing great works, from the most famous to the lesser-known. The AUSO began the celebration in March with the overture from  Die Meistersinger von Nurmberg and they will be joined by the AU Chorus in a couple of weeks to keep the party going with Verdi’s Four Sacre Pezzi.

Simon Boccanegra  ~  CD 8802

Birgit Nilsson Sings Wagner Arias with Hans Hotter and Leopold Ludwig  ~  CD 8173

This one’s for Robert:

Meredith Monk: Turtle Dreams  ~  CD 9697

More New Stuff!

These scores have just arrived from the bindery!

Brahms  –  Quintet and Quartets for Piano and Strings  –  M178.B73 G35 1985

Schubert  –  Lieder, Volume II for High Voice  –  M1620.S38 L54 1974 v.2

Tchaikovsky  –  Eugene Onegin (full score)  –  M1500.T34 E94 1997

Also, some new CDs and a DVD for your use:

Ruckblick Moderne: 20th Century Orchestral Music  –  CD10064

Michael Daugherty/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra: Route 66, Ghost Ranch, Sunset Strip, Time Machine  –  CD 10065

Mahler: Autopsy of a Genius  –  DVD 352

A Mixed Bag of New Scores!

~~~~~Something for everyone! ~~~~~

Martin Bresnick  –  Going Home (Vysoke, My Jerusalem) for Oboe, Violin, Viola and Violoncello  –  M462.B74 G65 2012

Martin Bresnick  –  Prayers Remain Forever for cello and piano  –  M233.B74 P73 2012

The Spirituals of Harry T. Burleigh for high voice  –  M1670.B87 S65 2000

Michael Daugherty  –  Deus ex Machina for piano and orchestra (2007)  –  M1010.D38 D48 2012

Michael Daugherty  –  I Loved Lucy (Yo Amaba Lucy) for flute and classical guitar  –  M297.D38 Y6 2012

Michael Daugherty  –  Route 66 for orchestra (1999)  –  M1045.D38 R68 2011

Philip Glass  –  Sonata for Violin and Piano in 3 Movements  –  M219.G53 S66 2008

Osvaldo Golijov  –  How Slow the Wind for Soprano and String Quartet  –  M1613.3 .G65 H69 2011

Jake Heggie  –  Orcas Island Ferry: Suite for Violin/Viola and Piano  –  M220.H44 O73 2012

Jacques Hetu  –  Quatuor A Cordes (String Quartet) no. 1, opus 19  –  M452.H58 op. 19 2012

Katherine Hoove  –  Ayres based on songs by John Dowland for soprano saxophone and piano  –  M269.H66 A97 2011

James MacMillan  –  Sun-Dogs for mixed choir a cappella  –  M1582.M33 S86 2011

Telemann  –  Sonata in F Major for flute and piano  –  M242.T44 S66 1974

Telemann/Wummer  –  Suite in A Minor transcribed for flute and piano  –  M244.T45 O94 1979