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Digital Theatre Plus

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“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.

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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.

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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 Kida 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.

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Feel like geeking out? Then you definitely need to watch the production of Much Ado About Nothing featuring David Tennant, the tenth Doctor Whoand Catherine Tateone 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.

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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.

Happy viewing!

Kanopy

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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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!

New Arrival in the Music Library: Contemporary Broadway Vocal Duets

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.

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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

Aida (CD7480)
Elaborate Lives
Written in the Stars

Avenue Q (CD4763)
Schadenfreude

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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

BlogHeights

Legally Blonde (CD7223)
Legally Blonde
Take It Like a Man

Little Women (CD6069)
More Than I Am
The Most Amazing Thing

Memphis (CD6890)
Music of My Soul

BlogMem

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)
Falling Slowly

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Shrek the Musical (CD7929)
I Think I Got You Beat
Travel Song

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (CD6810)
I Just Can’t Walk Away
No More

Spring Awakening (CD5608)
Don’t Do Sadness/Blue Wind
The Word of Your Body

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13- The Musical (CD coming soon!)
Tell Her

[Title of Show] (CD coming soon!)
Secondary Characters
Nobody in New York

Wicked (CD4762)
As Long as You’re Mine
For Good
What is This Feeling?

Young Frankenstein (CD5917)
Together Again

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Library iPad Apps – The Fantastic Flying Books…

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.

http://moonbotstudios.com/the-fantastic-flying-books-of-mr-morris-lessmore-storybook-app/#.VDUuMyldXDw

 

Theatre Library Association 2013 Book Award Winners

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/.

International Encyclopedia of Dance

 

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!

To get to it, go to http://library.uarts.edu/. Under ONLINE RESOURCES select Reference Sources and then scroll down to International Encyclopedia of Dance.

Music Resources Online

Now available on Digication: Music Library Online Resources

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.

 

 

 

Decoration and Ornament: A Wealth of Material

Singing shawl from Thailand, from "The Shining Cloth: Dress and Adornment that Glitter", 391.009, R524s.

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:

DECORATION AND ORNAMENT–ANIMAL FORMS

DECORATION AND ORNAMENT–CELTIC

DECORATION AND ORNAMENT–HISTORY

DECORATION AND ORNAMENT–PLANT FORMS

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.”

Jones, Owen. The Grammar of Ornament. Portland House, 1986. 745.4 J722g. Plate 43, no. 6: dados, Hall of the Two Sisters, from the Alhambra. "Moresque" means Moorish.

Here are just a few images from books that can be found under DECORATION AND ORNAMENT:

from Decorative Ironwork. 739.4 C153d. Photo caption, p. 43: "Door-knocker; wrought iron. French, nineteenth century.
from "The Decorative Thirties", 745.4442 B32dth 1988. Photo is on p. 124. Caption, p. 125: "Glass chandelier made in Murano, Venice, in the mid 1930s, and sold by Veronese from their shop in the Rue St Philippe-du-Roule, Paris. It has a metal frame, with the light fitting concealed in a silvered bowl, from which the curved glass strips cascade out in a fountain."
from Decorative Ironwork. 739.4 C153d. Photo caption, pp. 38-39: Door to St. Saviour's Church, Dartmouth, Devon; wrought iron on oak, English, c. 1390, repaired in 1631, the design inspired by the medieval royal arms of England: three leopards, with stylized leaves typical of the late fourteenth century.
from Handbook of Designs and Devices. 1959. 745.44 H78ha 1959. Page 167: "The Triad and Its Variants"
from Complete Pattern Library. 745.4 H120c (plus GCD 249) pages 72-73

 

 

From Special Collections to Visual Resources; Ad Reinhardt’s How to Look at Art

 

We recently had a request to add some images from Ad Reinhardt’s famous “How to Look” series to ARTstor. We were excited to discover that we had large reproductions of the entire series right here in Special Collections! We have added all 23 images to The Visual Resources Collection of the University of the Arts in ARTstor.

 

Ad Reinhardt’s series on looking at modern art first appeared in PM magazine in 1946. The series gives a humorous look at art history, politics, culture, and art criticism.

The entire series can be seen online in the Visual Resources collection in ARTstor, or in person in Visual Resources and Special Collections, right above the Greenfield Library on the mezzanine of Anderson Hall.

 

 

 

 

If you have any questions about using the Visual Resources and Special Collections, contact Laura Grutzeck, the Visual Resources and Special Collections Librarian.

New Music Education Resources

Some Great Music Education Resources

Every so often, some visitor or another to the Music Library holds something up and says to us: “Well, people really ought to know about this” or “I wish I’d known earlier that you had something like this.” New and old resources alike await their advocates, so in that spirit, what you have here is an attempt to hold a few things up ourselves.

The Music Library is home to a wide-ranging array of materials on the history, philosophy, and practice of music education. But the first item on the agenda should probably be an announcement that the Libraries now provide access to the online version of RILM Abstracts of Musical Literature. A veritable powerhouse of support for research into all aspects of music, RILM is a comprehensive annotated bibliography, which includes indexing from 3,700 journals, documents monographs, catalogues, conference proceedings, and other publications. Current UArts faculty and students with up-to-date accounts will find not only materials surveyed since RILM began indexing contributed abstracts in 1967, but also a growing body of full-text options, owing to RILM’s recent integration into the family of EBSCOhost databases (scroll down the list here http://library.uarts.edu/eresources/articledb.html). (The Music Library also has the full run of hard copy volumes of RILM Abstractsfrom 1967-1999, should anyone prefer to browse print.) It is the most comprehensive attempt to organize the entire published record of literature about human music-making.

Of particular interest to music educators will be several Oxford “handbook” entries, including The Oxford Handbook of Music EducationThe Oxford Handbook of Philosophy in Music EducationThe Oxford Handbook of Children’s Musical Cultures and The Oxford Handbook of Sound Studies. A generation’s thought and experience are summarized from fields investigating musical creativity, community music-making, technologies of music teaching and learning, listening and playing in special needs contexts, music therapy, to say nothing of the moving target that is school music in our time.

Saint-Saëns started composing at the age of three, Chopin at the age of seven, Beethoven at the age of 12. Bach and Stravinsky were late bloomers, first writing music in their teens. Mary Lou Williams improvised at age five, Bix Beiderbecke at age seven, and Buddy Rich led his first band from the drumset at eleven. There have been many child composers and improvisers. For a long time now a successful pedagogical philosophy has developed based on the premise that the bric-a-brac of theory serves as an obstacle, not an avenue, to musical understanding. Learning by doing—creating sound sources, devising notation, playing ex tempore—was advocated as a classroom strategy as long ago as Brian Dennis’s Experimental Music in Schools of 1970  and Murray Schafer’s “Composer in the Classroom” (reprinted in The Thinking Ear).  Another Canadian, Rena Upitis, got enthusiastic results teaching composition to students in inner-city schools, and documented some of them in Can I Play You My Song?. MENC has gotten into the act with Why and How to Teach Music Composition, but perhaps the most in-depth analysis of methods for introducing such creativity into pre-K-8 classrooms is Joanna Glover’s Children Composing, 4-14.

There’s no shortage of ideas for lesson plans, and it’s certainly not up to those of us on the sidelines to recommend the best route to take. But it does seem like everyone can sometimes use a reminder of where the peg is to hang your hat: creativity happens because it’s rewarding (also known as fun). Just something appealing about these: Michiko Yurko’s Music Mind Games, addressed to all ages and skill levels ; and Mary Mazzacane’s Music Education Through Puppetry, which relates music lesson planning to the history of musical instruments, basic music concepts, and events in American history. Oh, and how to get your hands into puppetry—(it had to be said)—too.

The Oxford Handbook of Music Education Music Open Stacks MT 1 .O93 2012

The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy in Music Education Music Open Stacks MT 1 .O94 2012

The Oxford Handbook of Children’s Musical Cultures Music Open Stacks ML 83 .O94 2013

The Oxford Handbook of Sound Studies Music Open Stacks QC 225 .o94 2012

Experimental Music in Schools Music Open Stacks MT 1 .D445E9 1970

The Thinking Ear: Complete Writings on Music Education Music REF MT 1 .S3T4 1986

Can I Play You My Song? Music REF MT 155 .U65C2 1992

Why and How to Teach Music Composition. Music Open Stacks MT155 .W59 2003

Children Composing, 4-14. Music REF MT155 .G56 2000

Music Mind Games Music MERA MT948 .Y87 1992

Music Education through Puppetry Music Open Stacks MT10 .M39M8 1984

Questions? Comments? Recommendations? We’d love to hear from you! Please contact Mark Germer, UArts Music Librarian, at 215-717-6293 or mgermer@uarts.edu.