Feature Fridays: Babel by Mumford & Sons

Feature Fridays: Babel by Mumford & Sons

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

This Friday Matt Francisco will be reviewing Babel (CD 9963) by Mumford & Sons.



Mumford & Sons are no stranger to energetic folk-rock. Touring almost non-stop since their inception and road-testing new music along the way, they have amassed immense support for their ability to illustrate the spirit of live performance within each song of their three records.

Babel, their sophomore effort, collects the smashing success of Sigh No More and rebuilds it into a more polished sound. With its soaring vocals, spirited banjo-plucks, and stomping drum hits, the album roars from one track to the next without a rest. Even the most tame of them all, “Lovers’ Eyes”, builds up with a huge crescendo and ascends to a boisterous ballad. “Babel”, “I Will Wait”, and “Hopeless Wanderer” tie it all together and offer some of the most interesting moments of the record.

No matter what kind of music you like, you are sure to appreciate the frenetic sound that Mumford & Sons have built over the years. As said by Rolling Stone critic Will Hermes, “The fact that these guys are able to do big rock catharsis with humble tools is part of the thrill” (Hermes, p.2). Stop by the Music Library and check out our copy of Babel to try out some of their music!


Another Batch of New Music!

Michel Legrand The Piano Collection M 1731.2 .L44 M53 2013

Hal Leonard Jazz Improv Basics MT 68 .C5245 2011

Mel Bay Jazz Piano Scales & Modes MT 239 .S82 2003

Bright Sheng Dance Capriccio (Piano Quintet) M 512 .S54 D36 2017

Michael Torke East (Concerto for Clarinet and Piano) M 1025 .567 E27 2017

Michael Torke South (Concerto for Oboe and Piano) M 1023 .T683 S726 2017

Steven Stucky Sonata for Piano M 23 .S936 S6 2016

Ellen Taaffe Excursion (Contrabass and Piano) M 238 .Z85 E93 2017

Jose Serebrier Tango in Blue (Flute and Piano) M 244 .S595 T35 2016

Carter Pann Capitol Punishment for the Insane (Encore for Sax Quartet) M 457.2 .P36 C3 2017

Jan Bach Concert Variations (Euphonium And Piano) M 271 .B37 B118 1992

New Percussion Music!!

Come to the music library and check at some also new percussion sheet music! Start the new year off with a bang!

Al Payson Duets for Marimba (Xylophone, Vibe, Glockenspiel) M 298 .p39 R43 2017

Linda Lorren Pimentel Percussion Solo Notebook Volume Two MT 655.5 .P55 1900z V.2

Linda Lorren Pimentel & James L. Moore The Solo Marimbist Volume Two M 175 .X6 P49 1976 V.2

J. S. Bach The Marimba Goes Baroque M 175 .x6 M37 1978

Murray Houllif Six Estudios for Marimba M 175 .x6 H685 1980

Scott Joplin A Joplin Fantasy (A Mallet Duet) M 298 .j67 J67 2012

James L. Moore Duet Time for Mallets M 298 .m66 D84 2011


Feature Fridays: Romance & Rhythm by Ella Fitzgerald

Feature Fridays: Romance & Rhythm by Ella Fitzgerald

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

This Friday Emily Langlois will be reviewing Romance & Rhythm by Ella Fitzgerald.


Ella Fitzgerald is one of the most influential female jazz singers of all time. According to the bio on her official website, she sold 40 million albums in her lifetime and was a 13-time Grammy winner. She’s known for her incredible vocal range and diversity, which allowed her to reach a broad variety of audiences all over the world.


Some of her most beloved works are her love songs. Her whimsical voice and soulful lyrics embody the best parts about romance: heart flutters, warm embraces, and lasting promises. Romance and Rhythm is a 4-disc collection of Ella’s famous love songs, with each CD carrying a different theme.


This collection evokes nostalgia on many levels. If you want to travel back to the golden era of jazz or to a time where you fell in love, this is the time machine. “I Found My Yellow Basket” is a fun track to dance around to on a sunny day, while “Someone To Watch Over Me” can make you contemplate your feelings on a deeper level. Just like the many emotions of love, Ella’s songs will take you on a journey.


Ella Fitzgerald’s centennial celebration is ongoing through April. Stop by the music library to browse selections from Ella, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, and many more!


EXTRA EXTRA! New Scores and Pieces (Part 1 of 3)!

Welcome back to AU! Hope everyone is having a great start to the Spring semester. We have plenty of new music and CD’s rolling in these next couple weeks. To start, here is the first batch of scores on our new stuff shelf!

Anthony Iannaccone Night Rivers, Symphony No. 3 (Orch. Score) M 1001 .I11 N687 2017

Tchaikovsky String Quartet No.1 in D major ( String Quartet) M 452 .T26 op.11 1900z

Franz Schubert String Quintet in C major (String Quintet)  M 552 .S376 D.956 2006

Mozart String Quintets Volume 1 (String Quintets) M 552 .M8 K.174 2008

Brahms String Quintet in F major (String Quintet) M 552 .B73 op.88

Brahms String Quintet in G major (String Quintet) M 552 .B73 op.111

Mendelssohn String Quartet in F minor (String Quartet) M 452 .M53 op.80

Anton Bruckner String Quartet F major (String Quartet) M 552 .B89 Q5 2017

John Corigliano Stomp for Scordatura Violin (Violin) M 42 .C67 S76 2017

John Adams Absolute Jest (Score) M 1040 .A23 A2 2017 

Leslie Bassett Five Movements For Orchestra (Score) M 1045 .B318 F58 2016


Staff Picks Fall 2018

Staff Picks Fall 2018

The AU Music Library is home to a collection of over 10,000 CDs, with many different genres and eras of music to choose from. Throughout the semester, our staff has listened to and enjoyed a wide variety of these albums—here are some of our favorites!


Cameron Betchy

Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell

This is easily one of my favorite albums in the music library. Sufjan Stevens has created a delicate, sensitive, and emotionally moving piece of art. His use of instrumentation mixed with haunting lyrics gives this album both an eerie and timeless feeling. Written for his mother and stepfather, each song is heavy with reminiscence and emotion. My personal favorite track is “Fourth of July” which manages to bring me to tears every time I listen to it, even in very crowded places. It is rare for me to find music so impactful and that is why this is my choice. If you want a unique musical and personal experience, this album will be just the thing for you.


Camille Cote

The Last Five Years

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The Last Five Years is quite simply my favorite musical. Truly it allows for a good cry but then the next song brings out a big laugh, and I guess I’m a fan of the true emotional rollercoaster it provides. I find Jason Robert Brown’s music to perfectly match the lyrics and provide insight into the character’s emotional turmoil at any given moment. Some personal favorites include “The Schmuel Song,” “I Can Do Better Than That,” and “A Summer in Ohio.” I’m also a huge fan of “See I’m Smiling” and attribute that song to part of why I’m a musical theatre major (It’s my favorite song I’ve ever performed). Basically, if you haven’t listened to this musical, LISTEN TO THIS MUSICAL. But, buy a pint of Ben and Jerry’s and a pack of tissues first.


Matt Francisco

Bon Iver – 22, A Million

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Bon Iver is easily one of my favorite artists for the way he seamlessly meshes folk with electronically produced elements. I’m a huge fan of both electronic and lighter, acoustic music styles, so it’s very interesting to me when artists create a strong contrast between the two. This album specifically delves deeper into his electronic side, utilizing creative synthesis and vocoder effects to create compelling soundscapes. Additionally, his poetry and lyricism continue to get better and better with every new release. My favorite track from the album is 715 – CR∑∑KS, for its incredible lyrics and original songwriting.


Emily Langlois

Frank Sinatra Conducts Tone Poems of Color

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This album is a beautiful intersection of music and art. It features 8 compositions that were written as accompaniments to poems of different colors. Conducted by the legendary Frank Sinatra, the songs almost perfectly capture emotions that each of the colors emulates. Listening to the piece, reading the poems, and envisioning the colors provide a truly immersive listening experience. My personal favorites are “Yellow, The Laughter” and “Blue, The Dreamer”.


Dan McCahon

The Best of the Andrews Sisters

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The Andrew Sisters are a classic group! Their melodies are timeless and the vocal harmonies between the three sisters are unparalleled. The songs have a very wide appeal and have been featured on many different forms of media for years. This is a great album to listen to when you just want to just sit under an apple tree, or boogie-woogie around with the bugle boy of company b.


Elizabeth McCarren

Snarky Puppy – Family Dinner Volume One

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Snarky Puppy, one of my favorite bands, released this album in 2013, featuring star vocalists on each track.  These high-soaring vocals combined with the band’s jazz electronica vibe make for an incredible album.  The first track “Free Your Dreams” is my favorite and features Chantae Cann.  This song will have you hooked right away and has a smooth transition to the soulful and upbeat “Gone Under” featuring Shayna Steele.  The first time I listened to this album I couldn’t get it out of my head and it remains one of my favorites.
Amanda Steadman

ChicagoChicago Transit Authority

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Over the summer I have the opportunity to explore recordings we might not otherwise play in the Music Library; this past summer that included the Very Best of Chicago album (CD 2070). I do not recommend the Very Best of Chicago. The first 5-6 songs are great, and the rest is really awful 80s ballads. To my ears, Chicago is a band that started out amazing and went downhill sharply over the course of their career. Thus their debut album, self-titled under the band’s original moniker Chicago Transit Authority, is a clear favorite for me. Although there are a few extended solos I sometimes skip, most of this album is full of lush horn arrangements and classic songs. You can clearly hear the jazz influence in the structure of this classic rock. Standout tracks for me are “Does anybody really know what time it is?” and “Beginnings”.


All of these selections are available to check out at the Music Library and are currently featured on our display case! To browse the rest of our collection, check out our web and Pinterest pages.


New Scores! New Scores! Come and get em!

Looking for some fun new scores to push your playing or singing to the next level? Look no further than this month’s new arrivals!

Handle Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Piano and Vocal Score) M 1503 .H135 G64 2005

Johannes Brahms Streichquartette Opus 51 (String Quartet) M452 .B8 OP.51 2007

Johannes Brahms String quartet in B♭ major, op. 67 (String Quartet) M452 .B8 OP.67 2007

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Divertimento K. 563 ; Fragment K. Anh. 66 : for violin, viola and violoncello (Violin, Viola and Violoncello) M350.M69 S4 2011

Bartók Quartet no. 1, opus 7 (Two Violins, Viola, And Cello) M 452 .B29 NO.1 1973

Alberto Ginastera String Quartet No.1 Op. 20 (String Quartet) M 452 .G45 NO.1 2000