“Some looked like Picasso’s wooden sculptures. A few others might have been designed by Rube Goldberg. In fact, the contraptions jumbled backstage at City Center this week were musical instruments — painstaking re-creations of the whimsical, ingenious instruments invented and built by Harry Partch, a truly unusual 20th-century American composer, theorist and tinkerer whose works created a unique soundscape based on a tonal system all his own.”
For the full story, please see the New York Times.
“Steel-pan bands, introduced to New York City by Caribbean immigrants, have joyously chimed across central Brooklyn for decades, performing at graduations and weddings and at annual events near Prospect Park like a musical competition called Panorama and an exuberant predawn street procession each Labor Day called J’ouvert.”
For the full story, please see the New York Times.
“It’s the kind of high-caliber performance you might usually see at the Seattle Symphony or on an even bigger stage. Yet the show put on Wednesday night took place inside a retirement home.
Randolph Hokanson is a world renowned pianist. He also happens to be a resident at Bayview Retirement Community in Seattle.”
Read the full story on our former faculty member at King 5.
“Gunther Schuller, a composer, conductor, author and teacher who coined the term Third Stream to describe music that drew on the forms and resources of both classical and jazz, and who was its most important composer, died on Sunday in Boston. He was 89.”
Read the full story at the New York Times.
The Music Library is delighted to celebrate two music major winners of the Library Research Award for Undergraduates. Nora Gunning, a dual Piano Performance & History major won in the Senior Non-Thesis Division for her paper “A Musical Collaboration: the Orchestras of Auschwitz” with Professor James Felak as her advisor. Mona Sangesland, a flute performance major, also won in the Senior Non-Thesis Division for her paper “Gender in Gershwin’s ‘Porgy and Bess’” with Professor Judy Tsou as her advisor.
Nora and Mona were among 9 award winners receiving a cash prize of $1000. The two were honored in an awards ceremony at the UW Libraries this past Tuesday. Nora and Mona are the first School of Music students in the eleven year history of the award to receive this honor. Congratulations, Nora and Mona!
Mona and Nora at the Library Research Award for Undergraduates Awards Ceremony
Met Music Director James Levine conducts one of his signature works, Wagner’s epic comedy Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg —now available on Met Opera on Demand. This Live in HD performance from last December features a superb international cast led by Michael Volle, Johan Botha, and Annette Dasch.
This month’s other new releases include:
||La Bohème (Puccini): radio broadcast recorded on 1/24/2015, conducted by Riccardo Frizza and starring Kristine Opolais, Marina Rebeka, Jean-François Borras, Mariusz Kwiecien, and David Soar.
||Summer Playlist 2015: an audio-only compilation of sultry arias for summer.
RISM is pleased to announce a major addition to its free online catalog that strengthens its utility as a resource for the documentation of printed music. Two of its major publications have been added to the online catalog and are freely available online for anyone to search at opac.rism.info (https://opac.rism.info/metaopac/start.do?View=rism) and www.rism.info (http://www.rism.info/):
- The entire contents of A/I, Individual Prints before 1800
Released on CD-ROM in 2012 and previously in 14 printed volumes
- A portion of B/I, Recueils imprimés, XVIe-XVIIe siècles (Printed collections of the 16th-17th centuries), covering the years 1500–1550
The addition of these printed sources brings the total number of records in the online catalog to over 1,010,000. New search fields allow users to search by Publisher, A/I or B/I number, and Plate number. Search results can be refined using the categories Publisher or a RISM Series. Icons of prints and manuscripts allow quick visual recognition.
We would like to express our gratitude to Bärenreiter and Henle Verlag for allowing us to incorporate the data into our catalog.
This addition of over 100,000 prints to the online catalog is an initial step towards revitalizing coverage of printed music in RISM. There are certainly many additions and corrections to be made to the A/I and B/I data and we ask for your patience as we work out a procedure for reporting new information. Institutions or individuals with additions or corrections to prints already in A/1 or B/1 are welcome to report them to us but for larger amounts of corrections, as well as new printed items without entries in A/1 or B/1, it will probably be easier to wait until the new cataloging program, Muscat, is available (expected in late 2015).
This multi-year recording project is the Marine Band’s first comprehensive collection of Sousa’s marches since the 1970s. The collection is in chronological order, and Volume 1 contains his first 17 marches, covering the years 1873 to 1882. Volume 1 is available for free download on the Marine Band website, which includes audio, scrolling score videos, and PDFs of the sheet music (full scores and parts) with historical and editorial notes. Each march has been carefully edited and corrected by Lt. Col. Fettig and Music Production Chief Master Sgt. Donald Patterson using some of the earliest known publications and incorporate performance practices employed by the Marine Band that are modeled on those of “The March King” himself.
The Music Library has digitized the 5400 extant School of Music concert programs. The programs date back to 1928, and the newest ones are from 2014. We will be digitizing the 2015 programs soon and will add them as they become available. Meanwhile, you can access and search the School of Music Concert Program database here.
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