The Music Library has a new subscription database! MusicalTheaterSongs.com’s easy-to-use interface lets you enter up to 20-plus parameters (voice type, character age, range, ease for accompanist, descriptive characteristics, etc.) to generate a list of songs tailored to needs from an ever-growing database.
“An ancient song repertory will be heard for the first time in 1,000 years this week after being ‘reconstructed’ by a Cambridge researcher and a world-class performer of medieval music”
See more at: http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/first-performance-in-1000-years-lost-songs-from-the-middle-ages-are-brought-back-to-life-0#sthash.D7QTEiRd.dpuf
“Music training early in life (before the age of seven) can have a wide range of benefits beyond musical ability.
For instance, school-age children (six to eight years old) who participated in two years of musical classes four hours each week showed better brain responses to consonants compared with their peers who started one year later. This suggests that music experience helped children hear speech sounds.”
For the full story, see The Conversation.
When Aaron Copland composed the ballet Appalachian Spring for Martha Graham’s eponymous company which was to be premiered at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., he wrote the work for a 13-piece chamber orchestra. The orchestra pit in the library’s auditorium couldn’t accommodate a larger group of musicians. Read about a new full-orchestral version here.
Music of every genre, every culture and every period employs repeated phrases for effect. Why do we love to listen to the same things again and again? Read the article at the Guardian.
This week, a score composed 200 years ago by a Prague pharmacist is finally being played for an audience — and the pharmacist’s descendants, local musicians, made it happen.
Diane Thome has released her memoir, “Palaces of Memory” with Friesenpress Publishing.
“Palaces of Memory is the story of a pioneer in the music world – the first woman to graduate from Princeton University with a PhD in Music and the first woman to compose computer-synthesized music. Much has been written about Dr. Thome, now professor emerita and former chair of the composition program at the University of Washington School of Music. But this is Diane Thome’s highly personal story about her lifelong journey in music.”
For more information, please see the Friesenpress website. Watch for a copy of this newly released memoir to be added to the Music Library collection soon!
As part of a huge restoration project that has lasted over 20 years, researchers at Cambridge University have finally restored a 1,000 year-old song. More information at ClassicFM.com
Growing up in Soviet Russia, conductor Vladimir Jurowski came to love Shakespeare via Prokofiev and Pasternak. The playwright has inspired centuries of composers, but how to choose with which works to celebrate his birthday? Read the article at the Guardian.