RIPM Online Archive

The UW Music Library is exploring a new article database and we want to hear from you!  RIPM  Online Archives of Periodicals is an international, highly annotated database with detailed content analysis of writings on musical history and culture between 1800 and 1950–from Beethoven to Bartok, from Berlioz to Berg, and from Schubert to Shostakovich–all provided by internationally-recognized scholars and editors. RIPM currently indexes the contents of 140 music periodicals including articles, reviews, illustrations, music examples, advertisements, press reviews, and more. In addition, RIPM offers more than 5,000 English-language translations of articles from journals in other languages.  Try it by November 15th and tell us what you think at!

New Collection of Online Scores

The Music Library has a new online score subscription database, A-R Editions’ Online Music Anthology.  A-R Editions’ Online Music Anthology contains music from antiquity through the romantic era, with extensive contents for the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque. In contrast to the 120 to 150 or so pieces found in print anthologies that cover these eras, A-R Editions’ Online Music Anthology offers over 600 essential piece—over twice as many as print anthologies, with over 5000 total pages. Many of the works are presented in their entirety rather than in excerpt, and all are newly edited and typeset specifically for this edition.

Check out A-R Editions’ Online Music Anthology in the Books and Scores section of our Music Research Guide.

Register Now for the Essential Research Skills for Music Graduate Students Online Workshop

The Music Library would like to invite you to register for our online Essential Research Skills for Music Graduate Students workshop, October 19-23.  The workshop is designed to walk you through the research process for the exam with a topic of your choice.  Each attendee will come out of the workshop with a plan of action for preparing for their research.  The workshop is self-paced over five days and enrollees typically spend an hour per module on the workshop.   Librarians will offer personalized feedback on workshop activities so you can get research advice from experts.  Registration for the workshop is open now and will close on Saturday, the 17th at midnight.  There are 25 slots available for the workshop.  You may register at   We look forward to seeing you online.

“La Donna del Lago” in HD and more

Welcome back to you and your students, faculty, and staff for the fall semester. A quick reminder that the Met Opera on Demand: Student Access website was totally redesigned over the summer—and this extraordinary resource is now accessible to your users on smartphones and tablets for the first time (directly through the website with a mobile device browser.)

Bel canto superstars Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez join forces for the Met-premiere production of Rossini’s La Donna del Lago—the latest new release available to stream on Met Opera on Demand: Student Access. This showcase of vocal virtuosity, set in the medieval Scottish highlands, was seen live in cinemas around the world last March. DiDonato is “indisputably great” (The New York Times) as Elena, the titular “Lady of the Lake.” New York magazine declares “you sense that DiDonato has no fear… tossing out vocal sparklers and high-note confetti.” As the king who relentlessly pursues her, “Juan Diego Flórez was at his best… He tossed off runs and roulades effortlessly and dispatched exciting high notes” (The New York Times). Michele Mariotti conducts Paul Curran’s production, which also stars Daniella Barcellona and John Osborn.


La Forza del Destino (Verdi): radio broadcast recorded on 3/17/1956, conducted by Fritz Stiedry and starring Zinka Milanov, Richard Tucker, Leonard Warren, and Cesare Siepi.


Nabucco (Verdi): radio broadcast recorded on 4/5/2003, conducted by James Levine and starring Susan Neves, Wendy White, Francisco Casanova, Lado Ataneli, and Samuel Ramey.

Congratulations to Nora and Mona, winners of the Library Research Award for Undergraduate Students!

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

Mona and Nora at the Library Research Award for Undergraduates Awards Ceremony

Does your class use streaming audio or video reserves? If so, we want to hear from you!

The Libraries are currently reviewing our streaming media product.  If you had assigned streaming audio or video reserves as part of your course, we want to hear from you!  We would appreciate your feedback in evaluating our streaming product by answering this short, anonymous survey.  The survey is open until 5PM Friday, March 13th.  Thank you for your assistance!

Student Survey

Faculty Survey

Rare Haydn materials in the Stanford Libraries

“Over the past several months, I have been blogging about rare Haydn materials held in the Department of Special Collections, Memorial Library of Music, including one autograph manuscript, one important letter, and nine first or early score editions. Each item was digitized for deep storage in the Stanford Digital Repository, and high-quality, downloadable images have been made available to the world via links in SearchWorks. Thanks go to Astrid Smith, Rare Book and Special Collections Digitization Specialist, and the Digital Production Group for their excellent efforts on behalf of this project in support of Haydn, Patronage, and the Enlightenment.”

– See more at the Stanford Libraries blog