New CDs!

We open February with new CDs for your listening pleasure! With genres ranging from swing, jazz, jive, and even biographic musicals!

Berl Senofsky In Concert At EXPO ’58 Brussels CD 2737

The Olney Big Band Generations CD 2692

Harlem Jazz the 20s CD 2702

Harlem Jazz the 30s CD 2669

Scott Wheeler Portraits and Tributes CD 2590

Larry Clinton & His Orchestra Live in 1938 & 1939 CD 2681

Various Artists Big Band Chicago CD 2715

Ina Ray Hutton and Her Orchestra The Definitive Collection CD 2656

Freddie Slack – Mosaic Select Freddie SlackCD 2719

Ocie Stockard – Western Swing and Country Jazz – CD 2657

Charlie Davis – Rare West Coast Jump ‘n’ Jive – CD 2659

Ella Fitzgerald – Romance and Rhythm – CD 2722

Edgar Lee Masters – Spoon River Anthology – CD 2811

Bands of The Potomac River Jazz Club – 30th Anniversary CD 2705

We hope you enjoy these CDs and the many more we have available at the music library!

New Scores!

Welcome back! Play some music with friends this semester, and check out our newest chamber music!

Maurice Ravel Trio for Piano, Violin, Cello M312.R196 T75 2000

Astor Piazzolla Histoire du Tango for Flute and Guitar M297.P52 H5 1986

Emma Lou Diemer Going Away for Violin and Piano M221.D558 G65 2016

Jacques Ibert Entra’acte for Flute and Guitar M297.I12 E5 1954

Browse the music we got in over break!New Year, New Music!


New Year, New Music!

Serge Koussevitzky Four Pieces For Double Bass and Piano M237.K68 F68 2004

Darius Milhaud Scaramouche Suite for saxophone & orchestra Reduction for saxophone and piano M1035.S4 M55 op.165c 2013

Charles E. Ives Trio For Violin Cello, and Piano M312.I94 T7 2000

Pierre Max Dubois Concerto For Alto Saxophone M1106.D82 C6 1959

Wolfgang Jacobi Sonata For Alto Saxophone and piano M269 .J16 1965

Sydney Hodkinson Panels: Simple Songs Without Words For Oboe and Piano M246.H691 P36 2016

Sydney Hodkinson Panels: Simple Songs Without Words For Bb Soprano Saxophone and Piano M269.H63 P36 2016

Paul Bonneau Deux Caprices en Form de Valse For Alto Saxophone M269.B65 C36 2001

Koussevitzky Valse Miniature For String Bass and Piano M238.K84 V3 1949

Ed. Larry Teal Solos for the Alto Saxophone Player M268 .S596 2011

Johannes Brahms Double Concerto in a minor M1041 .B8 op.102 2015

Beethoven String Trios and Duo M178.B4 P6 2009

Georges Bizet Carmen M1500.B629 C4 2008

Tchaikovsky Trio For Piano, Violin, and Cello M312 .T35 op.50 2014

Johannes Brahms Piano Trios M312.B73 H5 2000 

Robert Schumann Works for Piano Trio M312.S43 T78 2012

Donald J. Pease Saxophone Method MT 502 .P43 P76 1960 

Todd Coolman The Bass Tradition MT330 .C65 1985

New CDs

Beyonce Compact Disc 2806

Beyonce I Am…Sasha Fierce Compact Disc 2805

United States Marine Band Picture Studies Compact Disc 2804

A Tribe Called Quest We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service Compact Disc 2802

Maurice Jarre Laurence of Arabia Compact Disc 2799

Johann Gottlieb Goldberg Beyond the Variations Compact Disc 2809

Alan Menken The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz Compact Disc 2812

Danish National Symphony Orchestra Poul Ruders Symphony No. 5 Compact Disc 2808

Beyoncé & Soundtracks

New CDs have arrived. If you’re taking the Beyoncé class next semester or the Epic Film Scores class, come have a listen!

Beyoncé B’day Deluxe Edition CD 2792

Beyoncé Dangerously In Love CD 2793

Destiny’s Child Destiny Fulfilled CD 2798

Destiny’s Child Survivor CD 2797

Vertigo the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD 2801

Lawrence of Arabia the World Premiere Recording of the Complete Score CD 2799

Staff Picks!



Finals are approaching, if you need a soundtrack for your studying, we’ve got you covered. Need something to listen to on your long drive home, or while waiting in the airport? We can help you!

Our student workers and staff are constantly exploring our collection of CDs! Our new display shelf is featuring our favorites at the moment. Read about why we love these CDs below, and then come have a listen or check one of them out!


Music Library Coordinator

Lin-Manuel Miranda, In the Heights CD 9474

I’m completely obsessed with Hamilton, which led me to rediscover Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first Tony-award winning musical. In the Heights tells the story of a bodega owner and the people in his neighborhood, Washington Heights in northern Manhattan. Its mix of hip hop and more traditional musical theatre styles will sound familiar to Hamilton fans. My favorite part is “Blackout,” (“Look at the fireworks”) from the end of Act I.

Ben Folds and yMusic/Nashville Symphony, So There, CD 2154

I have been a Ben Folds fan for quite some time—I love his witty songs and unique style. This 2015 album features eight songs written and performed with yMusic, a chamber ensemble of strings and winds, in lieu of Ben’s typical rock style. It also includes a complete recording of the piano concerto he wrote and premiered with the Nashville Symphony in 2014. Ben Folds plays at the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony in June 2017.


Senior, Music

Arvo Pärt Alina CD 9432

Take a break from studying to get lost in the music of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. It’s meditative and poignantly beautiful. This CD has been continued to be one of my favorites in the library for the last three years. Alina consists of 3 interpretations of Pärt’s piece Spiegel im Spiegel, with 2 interpretations of his improvisatory Für Alina between. It’s the perfect album to listen to with eyes closed, and let everything else fall away.

Uniko Kimmo Pohjonen, Samuli Kosminen, Kronos Quartet CD 5887

The library has countless Kronos Quartet CDs to explore, but I have been liking their album Uniko which is a collaboration with Finnish musicians Kimmo Pohjonen (accordion, vocals) and Samuli Kosminen (processing and programming), who both composed the music and are active as performers on the tracks. The manipulations of the accordion, vocal and quartet samplings are incredible. The energy coming from these performers is unmistakable and the pieces are truly amazing and cohesive collaborations between talented musicians of different trainings.


Senior, History

Beyonce, Lemonade, CD 2756

If you haven’t heard this album yet, you should definitely give it a listen. I have always been a big fan of Beyonce, but one of the virtues of this album is that it combines so many genres: Pop, R&B, Rap, and even a little bit of Country! If you’re not a huge fan of Beyonce, some of the featured artists are Jack White, Kendrick Lamar, and The Weeknd, who make the album even more versatile. The Music Library copy of Lemonade also includes the Visual Album, which tells a compelling and relatable story through her music videos and poetry from Warsan Shire.

Dario Marianelli, Pride & Prejudice: Music from the Motion Picture, CD 2757

This is my favorite album to listen to while studying, which is why I chose it for the end of the semester. Aside from the military march, all the songs on the album are both relaxing and motivating if you have to get some work done but don’t want to be too stressed! This album was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score, so it’s also worth listening to during a study break. My favorite track is probably “Your Hands Are Cold”, because I love the way it builds to a climax and it plays during my favorite scene in the movie.  


Sophomore, Language & Area Studies

Kevin Murphy & Laurence O’Keefe, Heathers: The Musical, CD 1694

This musical is an adaptation of the 1988 cult film Heathers! It is about the trials of a teenage girl in her last year of high school, with common themes of love, teen angst, murder, and suicide pacts! It is a dark comedy and features fantastic vocals by Jessica Keenan Wynn, Barrett Wilbert Weed, and Ryan McCartan. I really enjoy the humor surrounding some very heavy topics, with powerful vocals to tie the production together. It is the perfect tragedy gone comedy. I would recommend listening to this musical if you’re feeling nostalgic and want to tap into some overcharged angst.

Astor Piazzolla, Soul of the Tango, CD 9741

I was introduced to this album through my coworkers who had played some of the pieces as violists in the AU orchestra! I really enjoy this distinct interpretation of Tango, and my favorite piece is “Mumuki”. It is a wonderful album that jumps between charged, intense tango to sad, romantic tango! Great stuff!


Senior Musical Theatre

Alan Menken, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, CD 2725

Taking a childhood Disney movie, and turning it into a more adult musical is basically my dream for any Disney movie. Alongside Alan Menken, the composer of countless Disney films, the book writers, James Lapine and Peter Parnell adapted the 1996 film to more fittingly follow the original Victor Hugo novel, creating a slightly darker story than that of the children’s animated film. In turning this iconic film into a more mature portrayal of its unfortunate story, the composition has also matured. While still holding on to a lot of the music from the original film, Menken has created a choir-esque atmosphere of nearly resembling a large aria. It is fun while also incredibly beautiful to listen to, and a fantastic story to listen to and follow. It’s also a great dramatic soundtrack for any exam that needs to be studied for.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton, CD 10488

Lin-Manuel Miranda has taken the American Musical Theatre world and turned it into a massive movement for diversity. Through his new musical Hamilton, he writes the story of Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant who rose the ranks in politics to become one of the most influential Founding Fathers. Through a combination of rap, hip-hop and contemporary musical theatre compositions, Manuel has created a piece of American History “as told by America today.” With a primarily minority cast, the story is told by the people who are still struggling today for equality and tolerance. The music is insanely energetic and fun to sing along to, while also being incredibly beautiful in some intense moments. It is a long soundtrack, but fantastic to listen to for those long, essay-writing nights.


Sophomore,  Public Relations & Strategic Communications

Solange, A Seat at the Table, CD 2771

This 2016 album, is currently one of my favorites and has been a source of healing for me this year. It’s a discussion and meditation on what it means to be Black in America in 2016, it touches on independence, grief, healing and empowerment. Solange is able to use her light and melodic voice to balance the unapologetically opinionated album. Throughout the album, you hear connections to R&B artists that came before like Marvin Gaye, Janet Jackson, and Aaliyah. However, while the album is rooted in the Black musical tradition it’s still has a fresh and current sound. My favorite song is currently “Don’t Touch my Hair” but it changes every week.

OutKast, Speakerboxxx//The Love Below, CD 9898

This 2003 album, was essentially two albums in one: Andre 3000’s The Love Below and Big Boi’s Speakerboxx. Although, the album shows the growing divide between the two artists, when it was released, it moved hip hop into a new direction. Outkast was able to successfully combine funk, soul, R&B, disco, and rock into one lyrically strong album. This album brought in an era of hip-hop and pop cross-pollinating, that still exists today. My favorite song is “Prototype” on The Love Below.


Freshman, Audio Technology

Sufjan Stevens, Carrie & Lowell, CD 10467

Sufjan Stevens’ seventh studio album Carrie & Lowell is a coherent blend of soft, emotional indie folk music. Making a return to his roots in the folk music genre, Stevens tells the story of his troubled mother in the wake of her 2012 death. I first learned about Stevens in anticipation of his performance at a music festival I was about to attend in Boston. His deep understanding of orchestration and lyricism show in both his writing and his performance and his overall style give the album a very unique vibe to it. I highly recommend this record – it’s a great, chill album to listen to while studying or relaxing!

Steve Reich, Different Trains/Electric Counterpoint/Three Movements, CD 8752, no.8

I’m a huge fanatic of marching bands and drum corps – I first learned about Steve Reich when I saw a performance of the Bluecoats drum and bugle corps in 2015. They played a very interesting horn interpretation of Electric Counterpoint, and I was instantly hooked. With his use of phasing and repetitive motifs, he creates an amazing soundscape that pulls you in and puts you in a trance. The other two pieces on this CD – Different Trains and Three Movements are very similar in style and create a wonderful atmosphere that can help you focus.


Senior, Music

Shrek (Motion Picture Soundtrack), CD 2634

This CD is full of classics, like The Baha Men. It’s a great soundtrack, and on your next study break you should have a dance party to “Bad Reputation” by Joan Jett.

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, CD 10160

This electro-pop opera is just now taking Broadway by storm, but it’s been around for over a year! It’s full of some incredible music (“No One Else” is one of my favorites), and it’s incredibly different yet familiar at the same time. The show is based off of Volume 2 Part 5 of War and Peace by Tolstoy, (in case you didn’t realize how epically long that book was, now you know), and the music is beautiful, fun, and inventive.


New Scores!


Jean Sibelius Symphony no. 4 in A Minor op.63 M1001 .S567 op.63 1998

Musical Theater:

Bruce Montgomery and Arthur S. Sullivan Thespis or the Gods Grown Old M1503.M79 T44 2016


Sergei Prokofiev Selected Pieces for Viola and Piano from the ballet “Romeo and Juliet” Arr. Vadim Borisovsky M228.P964 R71 2007

Oscar Zimmerman Solos for the Double Bass Player with Piano Accompaniment M237.Z55 S6 1966

Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf Double Bass Concerto in E Major Henle Verlag M1018 .D6 K.172 2011

Paul Hindemith Sonata for French Horn or Alto Saxophone and Piano M271.A4 H56 1984

Heitor Villa-Lobos Fantasia for Saxophone and Orchestra- Piano Reduction M1035.S4 V55 2011

Paul Creston Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra Piano Reduction M1035.S4 C74 op.26 1966

William Bolcom Housemusic for Flute and Piano M242.B675 H68 2016

Richard Danielpour Piano Fantasy for Solo Piano M25.D185 F3 2016

Gary Burton 6 Unaccompanied Solos for Vibe M175.X6 B87 1995

Various Composers Yorke Solos Volume One for Unaccompanied Double Bass M56 .Y67 1979

Steve Reich Nagoya Marimbas for Two Marimbas M298.R45 N3 1998

The New Best of Wayne Shorter for Solo Saxophone M106.S56 N4 2004


New Arrivals!


New Musical Theater CDs

Cagney the Musical Original New York Cast Recording CD 2790

Himself and Nora 2016 Off-Broadway Cast Recording CD 2778

Simply Heavenly Original Cast Recording CD 2779

Lazarus Original Cast Recording CD 2777

Disaster Original Cast Recording CD 2783

Robber Bridegroom 2016 Cast Recording CD 2781

Like You Like It Studio Cast Radcording CD 2782

Songs from Shuffle Along CD 2787

The Crucible Philip Glass CD 2788


Other New CDs

A Seat at the Table Solange CD 2771

Music from the Motion Picture: When Harry Met Sally… Harry Connick, Jr. CD 2786

The Writing’s On the Wall Destiny’s Child CD 2784

Concerto for Cello and Ten Players; Piano Trio No. 1; Sextet Richard Wernick CD 2775

Eighth Symphony; Fourth Piano Concerto Charles Wuorinen CD 2776

Cuatro Corridos: A Chamber Opera Various Artists CD 2773


Dance for Camera 2: Dance Films from Around the World  ML DVD 269