Happy Jazz History Month, from the UArts Libraries! To celebrate, the Greenfield Library is showcasing a selection of our books on jazz inspired artwork! All are available for browsing and check-out.
Like World music?
You need to check out our new database:
“An invaluable resource for World music enthusiasts”
Naxos Music Library World has over 5,370 albums with more materials being added weekly. Although NML-W is centered around the complete Smithsonian Folkways catalog, lots of additional recordings from labels like Sony, Warner, Arc, Celestial Harmonies, and Naxos World are available as well.
Found a few tracks you enjoy? Sign up for a free account and create your own personal playlists! You can also browse playlists created by other users or specifically by fellow UArts users; this database is new to us, of course, so will you be the first to make a UArts World music playlist?!?
Sure, you can search by title, artist, or composer, but you can also search by country/geographical area, language, instruments used, and more. Another great option is to browse by list of cultural groups or geographic areas. From on-campus and off-campus, you can access NML-W anytime and anywhere to take advantage of these great features and explore some different musics.
To check out NML-W, visit the UArts Libraries’ homepage then click the link for Audio/Video Online at the bottom of the page in the Online Resources sections. Find Naxos Music Library World in the alphabetical list, click the link, and you made it. Remember, when using the campus network you’ll be taken right in, but for off-campus access current UArts students, faculty, and staff can simply enter their UArts email user name and password.
“At the heart of Digital Theatre Plus is the ethos to share the best of British theatre with teachers and students all over the world.” Digital Theatre Plus: About Us
Digital Theater Plus is one of the amazing streaming video subscription databases to which the University Libraries subscribes. This database allows UArts students, faculty, and staff the ability to stream recent British theatre productions in the classroom, in the home, or anywhere you would like!
In addition to having full length productions available for viewing, behind the scenes documentaries and interviews are provided to allow us to see the full process required in staging these performances.
Take, for instance, the award-winning September 2014 production of playwright Arthur Miller‘s The Crucible, captured live at The Old Vic Theatre. Not only can you watch the full 3+ hour performance, you can also view interviews with actors Richard Armitage, Natalie Gavin, Anna Madeley, Adrian Schiller, and Jack Ellis, plus an interview with director Yaël Farber is included.
The productions captured vary from Mozart‘s opera Don Giovanni to Sondheim‘s musical Into the Woods, to the 2007 Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award Winner The Container, to Billy the Kid; a play about a would-be soccer star benched by World War 2.
Looking for more information on these plays? Digital Theatre Plus also includes introduction to the stories, character summaries, relationship maps, plot summaries, and more. For all you instructors out there, “Keywords and answers” sections are great for starting up some class discussions.
Feel like geeking out? Then you definitely need to watch the production of Much Ado About Nothing featuring David Tennant, the tenth Doctor Who, and Catherine Tate, one of his companions from the BBC show; together they share the stage again at Wyndham’s Theatre in this modernized retelling of the Shakespeare penned classic.
You can also check out Toby Jones, the Dream Lord from Doctor Who, Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Arnim Zola, the voice of Dobby the House Elf from the Harry Potter films, and Claudius Templesmith from the Hunger Games movies, in Parlour Song; “a satirical exploration of deceit, paranoia, and desire in suburbia.”
Yes, this service looks to have something for everyone.
Enough of my talking: check out Digital Theater Plus now! Just visit library.uarts.edu, click the Audio/Video Online link under “Online Resources” at the bottom of the page, and then the link for Digital Theatre Plus and you’ll be enjoying high quality streams of wonderful British theatre productions in no time! Just remember: when on the campus network you’ll be taken right into the database but for off-campus access you’ll need to enter your UArts username and password.
Kanopy is the newest video database available to the UArts community. With over 12,000 videos available to stream online both on and off campus, Kanopy vastly increases the UArts Libraries’ video collection. These thousands of videos are divided into ten categories: Film & Popular, The Arts, Business, Education (K-12), Global Studies & Languages, Health, Media & Communications, Sciences, Social Sciences, and Technical Training. These are further broken down into subcategories which offer you suggestions over a gigantic variety of topics.
New movies are constantly being added as well. On the front page of Kanopy, there are various scrolling selections of movies. At the very top are new additions but there are also more personalized categories, such as “Student Summer Pics,” “Celebrate LGBT,” or “Independent Cult and Horror Films.”
Kanopy also provides films and TV broadcasts from renowned distribution companies and broadcasting networks such as The Criterion Collection, PBS, The BBC, Janson Media, Kino Lorber Edu, and First Run Features, as well as many others.
Additionally, members of the UArts community are able to create their own personal profiles. With these, students, faculty and staff can create playlists, save clips from videos, add videos to their “watch list” to view later, and see their viewing history.
There is something for everyone on Kanopy, from 50s horror movies to French art films to multi-part Ken Burns documentaries. Go to library.uarts.edu today to give it a try!
As spring slowly awakens, what better time to sing a vocal duet with someone you love? Or at least, someone whose voice you love and whose voice compliments your own!
So stop in and check out the UArts Libraries’ new Broadway duet songbook. Housed in the Music Library’s Quick Reference section, this book features 31 songs from 19 musicals.
What songs from which 19 musicals, you ask?
Does the Music Library also have the compact discs
of said musicals to check out, you query?
Well, check out this list:
The Addams Family (CD6509)
Crazier Than You
Live Before We Die
Written in the Stars
Avenue Q (CD4763)
Bring It On (CD7410)
We’re Not Done
Ghost the Musical (CD6893 & CD7121)
Here Right Now
Three Little Words
In the Heights (CD5992)
When the Sun Goes Down
Legally Blonde (CD7223)
Take It Like a Man
Little Women (CD6069)
More Than I Am
The Most Amazing Thing
Music of My Soul
Monty Python’s Spamalot (CD5177)
I’m All Alone
The Song that Goes Like This
Newsies – the Musical (CD7118)
Something to Believe In
Once (CD 7056)
Shrek the Musical (CD7929)
I Think I Got You Beat
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (CD6810)
I Just Can’t Walk Away
Spring Awakening (CD5608)
Don’t Do Sadness/Blue Wind
The Word of Your Body
13- The Musical (CD coming soon!)
[Title of Show] (CD coming soon!)
Nobody in New York
As Long as You’re Mine
What is This Feeling?
Young Frankenstein (CD5917)
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a beautiful iPad app adaptation of the Academy Award-winning short film of the same name directed by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg.
The app follows the same story as the short film, but also includes interactive sequences that enhance the user’s experience. From simple animations when you tap on certain parts in the story to animations such as a piano keyboard for you to play with, the app is downright adorable.
The other main difference between the film and the app is the inclusion of narration by Mike Martindale. While the film is without dialogue, the app as well as the book adaptation include a written story describing the events of the film. Though the story is obviously geared towards younger audiences, it is still quaint and touching enough to be enjoyed by all lovers of books and stories.
On September 13, 2014, the Theatre Library Association (TLA) published their TLA Book Award winners and finalists list. We’re happy to say that the UArts Libraries have most of them, and what we don’t have will be ordered soon. The winners are:
Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof / by Alisa Solomon. Music Library ML 410 .B666 S6 2013
From the Score to the Stage: An Illustrated History of Continental Opera Production and Staging / by Evan Baker. Music Library REF ML 1720 .B254 2013
Fosse / by Sam Wasson. Greenfield Library 793.30924 F794w
Carmen: A Gypsy Geography / by Ninotchka Devorah Bennahum. ebook.
Stagestruck: The Business of Theater in Eighteenth-Century France and Its Colonies / by Lauren R. Clay. ebook.
Hollywood and Hitler / by Thomas Doherty. ebook.
Jim Henson: The Biography / by Brian Jay Jones. Greenfield Library 791.43024 H398j
To see the TLA’s complete list of book award winners visit http://www.tla-online.org/tla-announces-2013-book-award-winners/.
Are you interested in any or all aspects of dance? International Encyclopedia of Dance is a great starting point. In its print form it’s a 6-volume encyclopedia published in 1998 that was the first true encyclopedia of dance published (and received multiple awards, by the way). The online version, published by Oxford University Press, can of course be updated, and can be accessed anywhere by current UArts students. Articles can be emailed to any email address, and most entries have a selected bibliography of books, articles, and sometimes videos. Look up tutu, footwear, scenic design, lighting, Merce Cunningham, or Bakst!
The Internet is crammed with so much information that it can be dizzying to find exactly what you’re looking for. Furthermore, there is always the risk that a lot of what a Google search pulls up isn’t particularly reliable, accurate, or up-to-date. For your convenience Music Library staff have hand-picked and compiled a portfolio filled with interesting and informative online resources that will help you with your next term paper, performance, or simply for your personal enjoyment. We’ve included not only annotated lists of our subscription databases and e-journals, but hundreds of valuable, open access (aka free!) sources so you may access all the online resources from our catalog in one place.
What you’ll find:
Open Access Databases
Organized by subject or resource type are numerous open access databases from a variety of notable sources, including the Library of Congress, New York Public Library, and the British Library. Available on these databases are a wide range of resource types, such as sheet music (International Music Score Library Project), sound collections (The Monterey Jazz Festival Collection at Stanford University), dictionaries (Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary), and much more.
Open Access E-Journals
It is hard to ignore that many newspapers, magazines, and journals are eschewing print in favor of digital publication. Despite their presence online, most of these publications can only be accessed through paid subscriptions. However, there are many scholarly, peer-reviewed journals that can be accessed free of charge. We’ve selected several to showcase here, which encompass a wide variety of music-related subjects. Browse through such diverse titles as Ntama: Journal of African Music and Pop Culture, Voices: a World Forum for Music Therapy, Popular Entertainment Studies, and many more.
Subscription Databases (UArts Only)
Unlike the above resources, the databases in this section are available to current UArts students, faculty, and staff. They include numerous audio collections (including, but not limited to, Naxos Music Library and Music Online (Alexander Street Press), where you can listen to old favorites or discover new ones (and, unlike Youtube, you will never encounter ads or poor quality recordings). A number of reference sources are also available, including those at African American Song and Oxford Music Online, which include scholarly essays, biographies, and more. If accessing any of the databases off-campus, you will be required to log in with your UArts email information.
Subscription E-Journals (UArts Only)
In the final section is a list of online journals we subscribe to. Titles include (but definitely not limited to!) Computer Music Journal, Eric Nemeyer’s Jazz Inside, and Journal of Research in Music Education. A vast majority of these journals are also available, in print, at the Music Library, in case you grow tired of looking at a backlit screen.
Some days you come to the library and just want to find some inspiration. If you’re ready for some good browsing, try the subject heading DECORATION AND ORNAMENT in the library catalog. While difficult to categorize, it includes a wide array of topics such as patterns, borders, alphabets and lettering, and artistic movements, styles, and materials. There are some very interesting subheadings, such as:
One of the best-known books on ornament is The Grammar of Ornament by Owen Jones, published in 1856. Jones was an architect who had made a long study of architectural ornament, and, according to Oxford Art Online, “Jones’s work at the Crystal Palace led him to realize that the principles embodied in earlier art were more important to designers than the forms themselves.”
Here are just a few images from books that can be found under DECORATION AND ORNAMENT: