Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Folk Music in Bartok's Compositions - New in Reference

More than a third of Bartok's compositions are folksong arrangements. This catalogue brings together all the melodies that are in these compositions, including Arab, Hungarian, Romanian, Ruthenian, Serbian and Slovak melodies. Take a look! Con Ref ML134.B18 L27 2008

Green Music for your Environmentally-Friendly St. Patrick's Day!

Click on the following subject headings to find Green Music for St. Patrick's Day!
Ecology - Songs and Music
Earth Day -- Songs and music
Animal sounds
Insect sounds
Nature sounds
Wolf sounds

Soundscapes (Music)
Winter -- Songs and music
Summer -- Songs and music
Spring -- Songs and music
Autumn -- Songs and music

Monday, March 16, 2009

Baltimore Opera Company moves into Chapter 7 bankruptcy

Three months after seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and canceling the remainder of the 2008-2009 season, the board of trustees of the Baltimore Opera Company voted today to pursue Chapter 7 liquidation instead and dissolve the 58-year-old organization. The company's assets, including a warehouse, scenery, costumes and technical equipment, will be sold, and the proceeds will be distributed among creditors. more

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Recent American Art Song - new in reference

Recent American Art Song: A Guide
(Con Ref ML128.S3 C65 2008 ) is a reference source devoted to songs with English texts by American composers, written for solo voice and piano. The book focuses exclusively on art song since 1980, a substantial period largely ignored by scholars. This is the first study to examine this repertory in detail, and many of the songs and composers are discussed in print for the first time.

Keith E. Clifton has examined approximately 1000 songs by nearly 200 composers. Many songs employ musical idioms well beyond traditional classical styles, including references to jazz, musical theater, rap, and rock & roll, and several songs blur the boundaries between recital and stage works. Organized alphabetically by composer, entries contain complete biographical and bibliographical information, with major works and links to print resources and composer websites when available. In addition, Clifton provides detailed information on the vocal range, musical style, and appropriate voice type for individual songs. The book concludes with a full discography and bibliography, as well as indexes listing the works by poet, song cycle, title, voice type, and level of difficulty.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Chopin Collection at the University of Chicago Library

The Chopin Collection at the University of Chicago Library consists of over 400 first and early printed editions of musical compositions by Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849). The Collection, maintained in the Special Collections Research Center, includes items within the following scope:
  • First editions of individual works published before 1881
  • Non-first editions of individual works published before 1881
  • Collective editions published before 1881
Digitized images of all scores in the University of Chicago Library's Chopin Collection are available as part of the Library's online Chopin Early Editions digital collection.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Clavier Companion

The publications Clavier and Keyboard Companion have merged to form a new title, Clavier Companion. It's on the shelf in Periodicals now.