Saturday, January 23, 2010

Did you know?

Each year the Music Library publishes a newsletter on the web. Here's the one from last semester.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Did you know?

In our Digital Sheet Music Project, we have sheet music for two relatively unknown and controversial Disney movies?

Image courtesy of wikimedia.
Sheet Music 2812 is "Sooner or Later (You're Gonna be Comin' Around)" from the Disney film Song of the South. Song of the South has never been fully released on VHS or DVD in the United States because the content is considered racially insensitive.

Image courtesy of wikimedia.
Sheet Music 580 is "Der Fuehrer's Face" from the Disney anti-Nazi propaganda cartoon "Donald Duck in Nutziland." (This cartoon is also referred to as "Der Fuhrer's Face," "Nuttsey Land," and "Donald Duck in Nutzi Land.")

Because these were published in 1946 and 1942 respectively, they are not in the public domain and are not digitized in the Digital Sheet Music Project. However, you're welcome to visit the Music Library and use them while you're here! Contact a librarian for more information.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Thinking about the earthquake victims in Haiti?
Take a minute out of your day to listen to some of the music from that region in their honor.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Sing for freedom!

Interested in listening to some music to help celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday? Check these items out from the Music Library:

Sing for freedom [sound recording] : the story of the civil rights movement through its songs.
Compact Disc 3259

The music of Joseph Schwantner.(Uses words from Martin Luther King, Jr.)
Compact Disc 4440

An American original (Texts of the 4th work by John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy.)
Compact Disc 2879

If you want more, check out these videos on YouTube:
"A Dream" by Common:
A short MLK film:

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Did you know?

The song "Aloha Oe" was composed by the then queen of Hawaii, Liliuokalani?
Click the image to see it in our Digital Sheet Music Project.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

What we're working on Wednesday!

Yes, it has been entirely too long since we've done one of these, but Wednesdays typically are one of the library's busiest days.

Today I have:
*Worked the circulation and reference desks.
*Uploaded a ton of sheet music images to flickr (almost too fun to be considered work, though!)

*Digitized some cassette tapes from the Rosmer Collection.
*Housed some pieces of sheet music that belong in our Digital Sheet Music Project.
*Wrote this blog!

Hope all of you are having a great start to the semester. If you need anything, please let us know.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Guest post

From our recently graduated student employee, Patricia S.:

Four Fabulous Music Blogs

Unquiet Thoughts
Alex Ross, music critic of The New Yorker, provides thoughtful commentary on the important, the interesting, the beautiful and the downright wacky things that are happening Right Now in the world of music. Ross' blog runs the gamut from Bach to Bjork and manages to cover just about everything in between on the way. While you're at it, check out (literally) his book The Rest Is Noise, a Pulitzter Prize finalist that offers reasons for the musical madness that made the 20th century. You can find it at the Music Library here.

All Songs Considered Blog: NPR
Even if you don't listen to NPR's show of the same title, this blog is a great resource for finding new artists and tracks to listen to while you're writing that music history paper, those counterpoint exercises or when you need a break from Mozart. Check out the Discover Songs tab for a quick route into the world of pop/folky/rock/alternative goodness that is NPR.

Pierre Ruhe at
For something closer to home, head over to Pierre Ruhe's blog at Arts Critic Atlanta where Ruhe keeps tabs on the local classical music scene as well as reviewing CDs and DVDs (in the spirit of full disclosure: some reviews are written by others). Was BelAir Classics' "Rite of Spring" any good? Is Minkowski a convincing conductor of Bach's B minor mass? Ruhe can tell you all this and more.

and, just for fun:
Greatest Classical CD Covers Ever from Too Many Tristans
This may seriously be the greatest music blog of all time. To whet your appetite here's a description of a Kenneth Klein/Gerald Robbins/Moscow Philharmonic recording: "The tragic sequel to yesterday's kidnapping cover. Klein is now in full Stockholm Syndrome mode and onboard with Robbins. Will Klein pull a Patty Hearst? Only time will tell. Hopefully, striking bizarre poses on album covers is the worst these two get up to."

Monday, January 4, 2010

Forty Acre Feud

Today I've been making labels for DVDs for various videos in the Talmage Fauntleroy and Claude Casey Collections. When looking up the date for the movie "Forty Acre Feud" in which Claude Casey appeared, I found these two videos on YouTube. Hopefully I'll be able to post some clips that include Claude Casey in the future. Neat, huh?

"Things Have Gone to Pieces"

"The Love Bug"