New Batch of CD’s & Scores

Here is the last batch of new CD’s and Scores before 2018 comes to a close! Before sure to check them out before you go.

CD’s

Original Cast Recording Ernest Shackleton Loves Me CD 10570

Paul Chihara Take The A Train CD 10572

Original Cast Recording The Band’s Visit CD 10571

Original London Recording Calendar Girls CD 10568

Original Cast Recording Prince of Broadway CD 10567

Original Cast Recording Escape to Margaritaville CD 10569

 

Scores 

Richard Peaslee Arrows of Time (For Trombone and Piano) M 263 .P36 A676 1997

Dale Wood Hymn Tunes (Organ Accompaniments with Descants) M 14 .W85 N42 1968

Joseph Haydn Six String Quartets Op. 76 M 425 .H42 op.78 2009

John Adams Nixon in China (Score) M 1503 .A2137 N5 1999

Benjamin Britten Complete Folksong Arrangements (High) M 1620 .B858 W33 2006

Kirke Mechem The Rivals (Score) M 1503 .M497 R58 2017

Bacharach Promises, Promises (Score) M 1508 .B32 P7 2010

Pietro Florida Early Italian songs and airs M 1619 .E28 F4 v.1 

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Hidden Gems: Beethoven Facsimile

Hidden Gems: Beethoven Facsimile

Hidden Gems is an exploration of the music library’s extensive selection of music scores and CD collections. Student Assistant Caroline Hana Salant reveals this week’s hidden gem: Beethoven’s Piano Sonata Opus 109 Facsimile.

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The genius and influence of Ludwig van Beethoven are undeniable to the modern scholar. He wrote over 240 major pieces in his 56 years, including nine symphonies, five piano concertos, 16 string quartets, and 32 piano sonatas. Often considered “ahead of its time,” his work was critical in the historical transition from the Classical to Romantic periods of Western concert music. Though his direct influence can be found in the works of artists ranging from Mahler to Pink Floyd, many music lovers feel intimidated or even alienated by Beethoven and his legacy; he feels untouchable – deified by the constructed culture of Western music.

But, here’s the thing: Beethoven was not above hissy fits. He had them all the time, and there are even traces of him becoming annoyed with himself in his original manuscripts. This is especially evident in the manuscript for his 30th Piano Sonata.

The Sonata itself is fantastic. It contains moments of lyrical beauty, angsty intensity, and sincerity that will tug at your heartstrings. You can stream a recording of it through our streaming service here with an AU login.

As you pour over the pages of the manuscript, two things are immediately evident. The first is that Beethoven’s handwriting is all over the place. The pages are full of scrawls, swoops, and squiggles. I can make out the melody of the piece primarily by the contour of the notes rather than their actual pitch content. The forward to the manuscript, provided by musicologist Oswald Jonas, amusingly notes that “Beethoven, in sending his original manuscript to the publisher, was optimistic when he wrote in his accompanying letter (March 7, 1821), ‘My manuscript will probably be legible.’” Uhh. Sorry, buddy.

The second notable aspect of the manuscript is the plethora of cross-outs, ranging from dark and frustrated to light and loopy. Here is Beethoven, one of the great masters, changing his mind (a lot!) and getting mad at his own mess-ups. There is a would-be passage in the manuscript’s second movement where almost an entire page is blotted out. He played with, reworked, and sometimes full-on gave up on material he wrote. Through bearing witness to these processes and exasperations, we see that Beethoven, while a great composer, was also more human than we often give him credit for.

More information about the history of this piece and its original manuscript can be found in the facsimile. We have a sizeable collection of facsimiles at the Music Library, and you can check many of them out as you would any other score. I highly encourage you to explore this collection – there is much to be learned about the creative process of great artists within their pages.

 

CD Spotlight!

New this week: Kendrick Lamar Damn CD 10566

Compton rapper and Grammy award-winning artist Kendrick Lamar has made a huge impact on the Hip-Hop/Rap genre since he released his first album Section 80 in 2011. His beautiful lyricism and amazing instrumentals/beats have been praised by many. Working with a broad range of producers and instrumentalists such as Flying Lotus and Thundercat, Kendrick has made a name for himself in music history. Another thing that Kendrick is known for is his deep and personal storytelling that he has within his albums and songs.

The Pulitzer Prize Award Winning DAMN is the most recent release from Kendrick, dropping just last year. The album had some stand out singles such as “Humble,” “DNA,” and “Loyalty” which featured Rhianna. The album, unlike his previous, tells many stories from different periods of time, rather than following one collective theme like his album Good Kid/M.A.A.D. City. DAMN has some references to many controversies and the critical reception he’s had over the course of his musical career. The opening of “DNA” features the famous Fox news clip where Geraldo Rivera of Fox News comments on how harsh Kendricks lyrics are and how his BET performance might have been too provocative. It’s a brilliant work of art that showcases some old sides of Kendrick as well as a new side to his styling.

One of the best parts of Kendrick’s music is that he is not afraid to speak his mind and say what he wants to say. Same goes for every album he has made. I recommend checking out his latest studio album DAMN which is currently on the new music shelf in the Music Library! It’s worth a couple of listens.

Feature Fridays: Pure Comedy by Father John Misty

Feature Fridays: Pure Comedy by Father John Misty

Welcome to Feature Fridays! Every week, the AU music library staff will be highlighting a different CD or artist from our collection.

This week, Student Assistant Jacob Tracey will review the album Pure Comedy by Father John Misty.

Father John Misty (A.K.A. Josh Tillman) is an American singer/songwriter who was
formerly a part of the indie acoustic group Fleet Foxes. Josh split from them after their 2nd album titled Helplessness Blues. In that year, Josh also released his debut album under the name Father John Misty titled Fear Fun. Since then, he has gained a huge following for his music due to his clever lyrics and beautiful instrumentals. Both of these aspects of Father John Misty really show on his 2017 release Pure Comedy. A mix of political questioning, saturated media, evil technology, and hidden love make up this album both in lyrical writing and through the orchestration.

 

The album opens with one of my favorite tracks ever by any artist, “Pure Comedy.” It is a six-minute composition where Josh describes the state of the world today under the Trump Administration as well as how we treat one another. He brings up many questions to the people of the world (and in some instances to “God”) such as “[why are] half of us periodically iron deficient?” and “where did they find these goons they elected to rule them?” It’s a very interesting song that makes you think about the world from many different perspectives. Josh also covers another perspective in his song “Two Widely Different Perspectives.” In this song he brings up two perspectives on different issues that, while they are different from each other, end in the same way. It’s beautiful irony that is twisted as well as perfect at the same time.

 

Two other songs that are great from this album are “When the God of Love Returns” and “Leaving LA.” “When the God of Love Returns” is a beautiful piano ballad where Josh wonders what would happen if the God of Love that created the world were to come back and see the state of it now. One of my favorite lines from this song is God talking to Jesus saying “…you didn’t leave a whole lot for me if this isn’t hell already, then tell me what the hell is.” It’s a powerful song that sticks with you for a while. The other song, “Leaving LA,” is a 12-minute opus where Josh picks up his guitar and in classic Father John Misty style, craps on LA and the phonies that live there. He complains about how people sell out there and nothing feels real in a materialistic world.

 
Father John Misty is a great songwriter and composer who looks at things for how they are. He’s never afraid to call anyone out (even himself) which makes listening to an album like Pure Comedy all that more amazing. Be sure to stop by the Music library and check out this wonderful CD, it’s beautiful from start to finish and fills your brain with some picturesque music for an hour and half.

New Semester, New Scores!

With the Fall 2018 semester in full swing, be sure to stop by the Music Library to check out our new scores that just got in (and new CD)!

Schubert Klaviertrios (Piano Trios) M 312 .S38 1973

Beethoven Klavierquartette (Piano Quartet) M 410 .B42 2001

Benjamin Britten Complete Folksong Arrangements M 1620 .B858 W34 2006

Emmanuel Sejourne Losa (Vibraphone & Marimba) M 385 .S45 L67 2002

Phyllis Addison The Room (Woodwind Quintet) M 557 .A286  R6 1996

Bach Toccata and Fugue in D minor M 559 .B1186 BMV 565 2002

Paul Hindemith Sonate (Five Parts) M 559 .H562 S6 1980

Zequinha Abreu Tico-Tico (Trombone Quartet) M459 .A27 T5 2005

Alberto Ginastera String quartet No. 3 (Sting Quartet & Soprano Voice) M 452 .G45 no.3 2003

Beghtol Fire And Ice: An Original Superhero Adventure (3 Trombones & Percussion) M 485 .B416 F5 2009 

William Bolcom Trombone Concerto (Trombone & Piano) M1033 .B65 C66 2017

Schubert Trio in B-flat major M 312 .S38 d.898 1975

Dario Marianelli Pride & Prejudice Piano Solo M 1527.2 .M385 P7 2006

Robert Waldman The Robber Bridegroom (Score) M 1507 .W35

Father John Misty Pure Comedy CD 10555

More new music!

Be sure to stop by the Music Library soon before school is out to check out these new scores!

Bach 6 Suites a Violoncello Solo senza Basso (Cello) M 51 .B1228 S5 S39 2000

Daugherty Jackie O (Sheet Music) M 1503 .D236 J3 2017

Bach Six Suites for Violoncello Solo (Cello) M 51 .B1128 S5 V67 2007

Malcolm Arnold Duo for Flute and Viola M 291 .A78 1985

Earle Brown Music For Violon, Cello & Piano M 312 .B866 M9 1972

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano M 312 .Z98 1990

Bach Suiten für Violoncello Solo M 51 .B1228 S5 L535 2017

Sondheim Frogs (Sheet Music) M 1503 .S705 F75 2011

Steve Martin Bright Star (Sheet Music) M 1508 .M377 B75 2016

Dvorak Te Deum M 2023 .D98 T4 1989

New CDs Are In!

Check out these new amazing CDs from the cast album for the new Spongebob Musical to The Complete Works of Scott Joplin! The Music Library has your next obsession waiting for you!

The Ballad of Little Jo Original Cast Recording CD 10564

Arioso United States Marine Band CD 10554

The Complete Rags, Waltzes & Marches Scott Joplin CD 10553

Zipperz Manoel Felciano and Robin Coomer CD 10563

Alphabetical Ashbery, Fourth Piano Sonata, It Happens Like This Charles Wuorinen CD 10565

Louisiana Stomp Clifton Chenier CD 10559

Kid Victory Orignial Cast Recording CD 10560

Spongebob Squarepants The New Musical Original Cast Recording CD 10561

The Anthology Muddy Waters CD 10556

Mambo Kings Various Artists CD 10558

Off The Record: The Complete Jazz Band Recordings King Oliver CD 10557

For John Cage Morton Feldman CD 10562