Launch of The Spirituals Database

The Spir­i­tu­als Data­base is a search­able data­base of nearly 1600 tracks from record­ings of Spir­i­tu­als writ­ten for the solo voice. Launched in March, 2015, it is part of The Art of the Negro Spir­i­tual and car­ries on that project’s efforts to dis­cover and share infor­ma­tion about the Spiritual’s poten­tial role in devel­op­ing a singer’s repertoire.

The project’s goal is the even­tual pub­li­ca­tion of a discog­ra­phy of Spir­i­tual art songs.

The primary–but far from exclusive–audience is the voice stu­dent and coach/teacher who is look­ing for these recorded resources. All too often, record­ings may be the first expo­sure a vocal­ist or vocal instruc­tor has to the Spir­i­tual. That per­son, likely unfa­mil­iar with the genre and with the singers who have recorded these art songs, can use The Spir­i­tu­als Data­base to find these recorded resources for the study of how Spir­i­tu­als can be per­formed in a con­cert setting.

Even the more expe­ri­enced per­former of this reper­toire will have rea­son to seek out infor­ma­tion about the wide range of recordings–including a num­ber of rare or out-of-print long-playing (33 1/3 rpm) and 78 rpm albums, audio cas­settes and 45 rpm discs–represented here.

More infor­ma­tion about The Spir­i­tu­als Data­base is avail­able at http://spirituals-database.com/.

Center for Popular Music Launches American Music Manuscripts Website

The Cen­ter for Pop­u­lar Music at Mid­dle Ten­nessee State Uni­ver­sity announces the launch of its Amer­i­can Ver­nac­u­lar Music Man­u­scripts (AVMM) web­site. Built as part of a three-year project funded by the National Endow­ment for the Human­i­ties and under­taken in part­ner­ship with the Amer­i­can Anti­quar­ian Soci­ety, the AVMM site makes avail­able for the first time hun­dreds of Amer­i­can music man­u­scripts from the 1730s to 1910.

The com­ple­men­tary col­lec­tions of the Cen­ter for Pop­u­lar Music and the Amer­i­can Anti­quar­ian Soci­ety are among the largest and most sig­nif­i­cant hold­ings of such mate­r­ial in the nation. Approx­i­mately 350 unique, hand­writ­ten man­u­scripts were included in the project, total­ing more than 17,000 pages of music.

The man­u­scripts were all scanned in high res­o­lu­tion to archival stan­dards for preser­va­tion, with the images stored at the Inter­net Archive. The AVMM web­site serves as a front page and search engine for the images, where users can search by year, song title, sub­ject, ori­gin, cre­ator, and keyword.

For more infor­ma­tion, please visit the AVMM web­site: http://popmusic.mtsu.edu/ManuscriptMusic

Oboist Reclaims Mozart’s Lost Contemporaries

Does the name Jan Antonín Koželuh mean any­thing to you? It doesn’t reg­is­ter even to most clas­si­cal music geeks. But Albrecht Mayer would like to change that.

Mayer, the Berlin Phil­har­monic’s prin­ci­pal oboist, chose a con­certo by Koželuh and works by three other for­got­ten 18th-century com­posers for the new album Lost and Found. Mayer solos in the con­cer­tos and con­ducts the Kam­mer­akademie Potsdam.

How did he dis­cover these neglected com­posers? Online, of course. At least that’s where his research began.”

For the full story, please see NPR.org.

New York Philharmonic Adds More Material/Open Access Data to Digital Archive (4th Release)

The fourth release of mate­r­ial in the New York Phil­har­monic Leon Levy Dig­i­tal Archives — the mul­ti­year ini­tia­tive to dig­i­tize the Orchestra’s exten­sive archives, funded by the Leon Levy Foun­da­tion — has been com­pleted, with all exist­ing Phil­har­monic printed pro­grams, from the first con­cert in 1842 to the present, now avail­able online, and cur­rent printed pro­grams being added every con­cert week.”

For the full story, please see Library Jour­nal.

The Bizet Catalogue now online

Check out the Bizet Cat­a­logue!

Com­piled by Hugh Mac­don­ald and man­aged by the Human­i­ties Dig­i­tal Work­shop at Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­sity, St Louis.

This is pri­mar­ily a list of Bizet’s works, pro­vid­ing essen­tial infor­ma­tion about the his­tory and con­tent of each one. It gives infor­ma­tion on man­u­script and printed sources, on doc­u­men­tary mate­ri­als relat­ing to the com­po­si­tion, per­for­mance and pub­li­ca­tion of each work, and is intended to pro­vide a full his­tor­i­cal doc­u­men­ta­tion of Bizet’s work as com­poser and transcriber.”