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Shape Note Singing

The class after lunch, Rutherfordton, December 8, 2007 Originally uploaded by contrapunctus On Saturday, I drove with another librarian to Rutherfordton, NC, to attend what is known as a “singing.” Shape note singing is a rich tradition in this area, based on the English “singing school” tradition from the 18th century. It was originally used […]

DRAM Database Trial

DRAM is a not-for-profit resource providing CD quality audio, complete and original liner notes and essays from New World Records, Composers Recordings, Inc. (CRI) and other important labels. Currently, there are over 1,500 CDs (9,800 compositions) in DRAM. The basis for the current collection is the diverse catalogue of American music recordings by New World […]

New Resource – Music Online

The Library now has a subscription to Music Online, which includes three databases of streaming music – African American Song, Classical Music Library, and Smithsonian Global Sound. African American Song covers jazz, blues, gospel, and other forms of African American musical expression. From the earliest recordings of Afro-American music made in the late 19th century […]

Using Groves to Navigate Complete Works

If you have ever searched for a score that the music library does not own, but you know the library owns the complete works for that composer, you might have been discouraged trying to guess which volume contains the work you need. There is an easier way! Most of the time, you can actually use […]

Music Librarian Report – MLA/SAM 2007

This past week I was in Pittsburgh for the joint conference of the Music Library Association and the Society for American Music. I will give a quick summary, but if you are interested in hearing more about anything, just let me know! The first day was spent at a Music OCLC Users Group (MOUG) meeting. […]

What I’m Listening To – The Amazing Bud Powell, v. 1

The Amazing Bud Powell, v. 1MCD3714 This week at Furman has given us the opportunity to witness several amazing jazz performances. In the recital on Sunday, featuring Matt Olson on saxophone and guest Mike Kocour on piano, the music of Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk was featured. Before performing Un Poco Loco, Mr. Kocour mentioned […]

The Metropolitan Opera Goes to the Movies

From January to April this year, six operas will be broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera in HD to theaters across the nation. Some performances will be broadcast in Greenville. For less than $20, you could go see an opera live! For more information, go to this site. You can write a review for this […]