Friday, April 20, 2007

A little Verdi for your Friday entertainment!

Do you think Verdi would approve of this version of Traviata - Choeur Bohémiens? Watch the film clip! Compliments of dailymotion.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

New title in Periodicals

The premiere issue of Journal of the Society for American Music is now available in Periodicals.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Oberlin grad in the NY Times!

Chinese Composer Talks Cello, All Dialects
As Huang Ruo originally conceived it, his new cello concerto, “People Mountain People Sea,” was to have started not with music but with a recorded voice — Mr. Huang’s — speaking in a made-up language, accompanying projected photographs of China in the 1920s. ...
Read the entire article by Allan Kozinn in the NYTimes

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

April is Jazz Appreciation Month!

Learn more about Jazz in Cleveland!
Jazz has been important in Cleveland since the 1920s with events ranging from Art Tatum's regular sitting-in at Val's in the Alley in the 1930s to the Cleveland premiere of Charles Mingus' Epitaph at Severance Hall in 1990 and the world premiere of David Murray's Picasso Suite at the Cleveland Museum of Art in 1992. Important jazz innovations from Clevelanders include Tadd Dameron's bebop arrangements and Albert Ayler's free jazz.

This post is brought to you by William Anderson, music librarian at the Cleveland Public Library. Check out the jazz resource page that William put together for Jazz Appreciation Month.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Search Fatigue - researching a work of music

Need help researching a work of music? Follow these steps for search success:
1. Grove Music Online

2. OBIS look for BOOKS. Your piece may be featured in a book or chapter of a book.
Be sure you look for composer biographies may include analysis of compositions. Use the index!

3. OBIS remember RECORDINGS and their Liner notes!

4. Online Databases of Journals: Music Index, RILM, RIPM

5. Online Databases of Journals with FULL TEXT : JSTOR, IIPM, EJC

6. Bio-Bibliographies (Con Reference ML 134). Bio-bibliographies are research guide, with comprehensive, descriptive lists of compositions, performances, books, and articles by or about the composer. These are shelved by composer’s last name, e.g. Shostakovich is under ML 134 .S.