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What I’m Listening To – Classical Music Podcasts

Podcasts are a free music broadcast that you can “subscribe” to via iTunes. iTunes is a free download too, if you click here to download it. Once you are in iTunes, click on the Music Store. On the upper left corner, click on Podcasts. You can search for almost anything to find a podcast, but […]

What I’m Reading – Classical Music In America

Classical Music in America: A History of Its Rise and Fall by Joseph HorowitzML200 .H797 2005 This controversial tome peaked my interest after hearing it mentioned at conferences, in journal articles, and even the Chronicle of Higher Education. A few quotations will give you the gist of the book: ‚ÄúCompared to classical music in its […]

What I’m Listening To – Shape Note Singing

Shape note singing, labeled as such because the musical notation uses note heads in 4 distinct shapes to aid in sight-reading, has been an American tradition dating back to 1801 (with a history extending back through the Renaissance). In this region, one can still attend “singings,” where groups will sing from the Sacred Harp or […]

Music Librarian Report – SEMLA 2006

This past weekend I attended the Southeast Chapter of the Music Library Association’s annual meeting in Columbus, GA. We had the welcome reception in the music library in the Schwob School of Music, part of Columbus State University. A lot of music librarians in the southeast have been in their jobs for over 20 years, […]

What I’m Listening To – The Celtic Album with the Boston Pops Orchestra

In a search for Scottish themed music, I came across The Celtic Album with the Boston Pops Orchestra, directed by Keith Lockhart. Included are several pieces written for orchestra with Scottish and Irish themes, and several arrangments featuring Celtic musicians. This can be found in the music library – MCD1246. We have several recordings of […]

What I’m Listening To – Mahler Symphony No. 7

I was watching a rerun of Gilmore Girls, where Emily (the grandmother) remarks to her date that the Mahler Seventh Symphony will always move her. Not having that work in my immediate recall, I had to run to the music library and listen to it. This version is the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Seiji […]

What I’m Listening To – Chopin – The Nocturnes

During the start of a school year, I often use music to remedy stress. My favorite composer to bring emotional release is Chopin, and as a pianist, his nocturnes have always allowed me to reflect and relax. To be honest, this Claudio Arrau CD is merely the first one I pulled from the shelf, although […]

What I’m Listening To – Stravinsky Conducts Stravinsky

As you may or may not know, this year is the Year of the Environment at Furman University. I have been compiling a list of music about the earth (forthcoming) and in looking for a recording of Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du Printemps) came across this compact disc collection, with Igor Stravinsky conducting his […]

New Resource – Music-in-Print Online

If you have ever needed to find out if a score was available in print, for purchase or to request it from the library or through interlibrary loan, you know how difficult it can be. Furman faculty, students, and staff now have acces to Music-in-Print Online. This online resource includes everything found in the Music-in-Print […]

Media Collection – New Resources

New On DVD (The DVD and VHS Media Collection is located on the library’s ground floor in the area next to the CIS Help Desk) Fidel Castro / a production of WGBH Boston ; written and produced by Adriana Bosch ; directed by Adriana Bosch Pub info Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Home Entertainment, [2005] Media […]