New Audio Resources!

Naxos Music Library / Naxos Music Library Jazz Temple University Libraries is pleased to announce the addition of Naxos Music Library and Naxos Music Library Jazz to our online streaming audio offerings. The basis of the collection consists of the entire output of the Naxos Recording Company. The mission of the company is and has been since its inception in 1987 to provide the widest possible range of repertoire to the widest possible audience, resulting in an extremely extensive online musical library. All of Naxos’ recordings are available in the online service whether they are out of print or still available for purchase, and every new recording is included in the online database as soon as it is commercially released. The collection includes classical, jazz, blues, and world music. The classical repertoire is thoroughly represented, including unusual and contemporary works that cannot be heard elsewhere such as the works of Joachim Raff, William Henry Fry, Krzysztof Penderecki, Bohuslav Martinu, and others. The strength of the Naxos collection is in its breadth. The world music collection is particularly strong in the music of East Asia. The content of the database grows not only by the production of new recordings, but also by Naxos negotiating with other recording companies to include additional repertoire. Their website states that an average of 39 CD’s per month were added in 2006. The interface is easy to use and quite intuitive. Plenty of online help is available, including a FAQ, User Guide, and User Instructions. One can use the Advanced Search Feature to search by keyword, disc or composition title, composer, artist, record label, arranger, lyricist, performing group, genre or music category, instrument, period, country, year composed, and by mood or scenarios. In addition, the collection is browsable by genres such as Classical, Jazz/Contemporary, World/Folk, New Age, Chinese, Pop and Rock and also by categories such as Ballet, Chamber Music, Sacred Choral, Secular Choral, Composers, Concertos, Educational, Film Music, Instrumental, Musicals, Opera/Operetta, TV Music, Vocal, and Collections. Naxos provides podcasts such as Classical Music Spotlight, Choral Music of Thomas Tallis, American Jewish Music from the Milken Archive with Leonard Nimoy, and interviews with performers and composers. Faculty can create folders for shared playlists for use in classes, and provide persistant links to sound recordings in course management software such as Blackboard . Sound recordings provide an additional and enjoyable layer of depth to the understanding of culture and history. The Naxos Collection is invaluable for teaching history, ethnic studies, world cultures, and African-American studies as well as for music, dance, and theater. Enjoy! Anne Harlow

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