African American Music Reference
Recent additions include six new titles totaling 1,339 pages. As of this update there are 2,672 essays and images from 68 titles and a total of more than 16,848 pages in African American Music Reference. New titles include: The American Negro and His Amazing Music by Tim Dennison, Sr. (Vantage Press, 1963) The Hip Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African American Culture by Bakari Kitwana (Basic Civitas Books, 2002). The History of the Blues by Francis Davis (Hyperion, 1995) Mellows: A Chronicle of Unknown Singers by Robert Emmet Kennedy (Albert & Charles Boni, Inc., 1925) Riding on a Blue Note: Jazz and American Pop by Gary Giddins (Oxford University Press, 1981) Roosevelt’s Blues: African-American Blues and Gospel Songs on FDR by Guido Van Rijn (University Press of Mississippi, 1997). More info.
45 albums (549 tracks) have been added to American Song in the last month, taking the total for this collection up to 1,015 albums (6,996 tracks). New tracks (from Fantasy Records, American Music Preservation Recordings, and King Records), include country, do-wop, rock and roll, spoken word, and sacred music. Sample albums include: The Best of William Billings; Celestial Praises: Music of the Shakers (with interviews); Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg; plus multiple albums from Credence Clearwater Revival, Roy Orbison, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Patsy Cline. More info.
Classical Music Library
This month Alexander Street has released 2,009 new tracks to Classical Music Library including: 20th century compositions from New Albion Records; the works of Tallis Scholars from Gimell Records; and Clear Note Publications’ classical guitar repertoire. Also new to the collection are works from composers Karlheinz Stockhausen, Somei Satoh, Paul Dresher, Morton Feldman, Thomas Weelkes, Orlando Gibbons, Thomas Tompkins, Schubert, and many more. This continuously growing collection now totals 3,628 albums—more than 55,903 tracks in all. More info.
Classical Scores Library
The addition of 3,607 scores (44,564 pages) takes the total count of this collection to 8,103 scores (173,930 pages). Central to this release is the addition of a wealth of scores originally published by University Music Editions, including Berlioz, Chopin, Cornelius, Glinka, Gretry, Loewe, Marenzio, de Lassus, Palestrina, Rameau, Rossini, Schein, Schubert, Schuetz, Sweelinck, Victoria—84 composers in all. Of the new works added, 1,996 come from the Renaissance period. Also included are 407 Baroque, 377 Classical, 812 Romantic, and two twentieth century scores.
Dance in Video
The addition of 26 videos (39 titles) this month takes this collection up to a total of 94 videos totaling 141 hours of streaming dance performance, documentary, and instructional content. The collection will contain 500 hours at completion. Newly added titles include: interviews with Anna Sokolow and Steve Paxton; tap instructional video by Brenda Bufalino; documentaries featuring Betty Jones, Doris Humphrey, Erick Hawkins, and ballerina Karen Kain as well as a documentary on the making of Eisenstein’s Carmen Ballet. Newly added performances include works for camera choreographed by Molissa Fenley, Anna Halprin, and Eiko Otake. More info.
Opera in Video
Opera in Video features one new title, Beethoven’s Fidelio, performed by the Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (1990). The collection now totals 42 videos (84 hours); at completion, it will contain more than 500 hours of streaming video footage. More info.
Contemporary World Music
The addition of 36 new albums (414 tracks) from Concord Reocrds, Fantasy Jazz, INEDIT, Nimbus, and Pan Records takes this collection of sounds from every region and continent to a total of 1,012 albums (13,502 tracks). New content includes latin jazz, contemporary folk, flamenco, and electronica. Sample albums include: Mongo Santamaria: Afro Blue – The Picante Collection; A Night With Poncho Sanchez Live: Bailar; Cante Gitano: Gypsy Flamenco from Andalucia; and Bulgarie: Chants De Nedelino – Tradition des Rhodopes. More info.
African American Music Reference