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  • May 3, 2010
    Here's a scan of the Sinatra autograph (at least we're pretty sure it's the real thing for your viewing pleasure. Thanks to Eric Feinstein for making this available.
  • March 31, 2009
    Phyllis Jones posed this to the MLA List on Monday, March 30: The New York Times notes the passing of Archie Green, folklorist, carpenter, union activist, author, and generous mentor: His seminal Only a Miner: Studies in Recorded Coal-mining Songs (1972) set a standard for later discographical studies of occupational song. Most recently, he brought to completion The Big Red Songbook, a compendium containing 250 songs from the I.W.W.'s Little Red Songbooks originally published 1909-1973.
  • March 10, 2009
    For you library hipsters, or others with an unhealthy interest in the Harry Potter stories (unhealthy, meaning in this context that you're over 12), an early appearance of the term "muggles." "Muggles" was 1930s slang for marijuana (see a contemporary Time magazine article here). I don't believe I ever saw the connection made to the term as used by J.K. Rowling. Check out this Cornell catalog entry for more information....
  • March 3, 2009
    Andrew, now at the University of North Texas, penned these reviews back in late 2006. His wit and erudition in reviewing early music are much missed... Geminiani: Concerti Grossi (CD 15076). Francesco Geminiani’s British contemporaries deemed him the equal of Handel and Corelli, but little of his musical or theoretical output is extant outside the concerti grossi, a few sonatas, and the violin treatise The Art of Playing on the Violin (MT262.G32 1751). The concerti grossi, arrangements of Corelli’s Opus 5 sonatas, have become a staple of the baroque orchestra repertoire. Here, Chiara Banchini...
  • September 22, 2008
    Roberto Sierra sent this message out earlier today: Please join me in congratulating Steven Stucky for his two recent performances with the Dallas Symphony and the New York Philharmonic. Here are the links to the coverage by the NY Times: On October 24th Steve will be presenting his music at the Composers Forum. ------------------------------ Congratulations to Prof.  Stucky.
  • August 25, 2008
    The obituary of pioneering American composer Donald Erb is available from the New York Times as well as the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
  • July 28, 2008
    The NYT obituary for this much-beloved composer is available here.
  • June 11, 2008
    Here's the revised text of the 008/21 and 008/33 proposal, incorporating suggestions by Kathy and Matthew: Draft Statement on the Transposition/Arrangement and Presence/Absence of Parts Positions of the 006 and 008 Fields Background At the 2008 Newport meeting of the MARC Formats Subcommittee, it was the sense of both the Subcommittee and some of the visitors present that the Bibliographic Control Committee should issue an official statement regarding the transposition/arrangement and presence/absence of parts bytes of the 006 and 008 fields. These bytes were included in Proposal no. 2002-...
  • June 5, 2008
    I have to admit that I'm somewhat less taken with White's songwriting now than I was when I was blown over by his first two albums.  Nonetheless, they're interesting still, especially the exquisitely-produced Drill a Hole in that Substrate and Tell Me What You See, which showcases David Byrne's production aesthetic as well as some interesting guest artists.  White's third album, No Such Place, has been hailed as a masterpiece by critics, and to some extent this is well deserved, although the album has a couple missteps (in my opinion, the female-serial-killer ballad Wound that Never Heals...
  • June 5, 2008
    Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji. Fantasia ispanica (CD 15227) and Rosario d’arabeschi, Gulistan (CD 15226). Both discs featuring Jonathan Powell, piano. Sorabji, a privileged recluse in the vein of Scelsi, has a biography that has similarly entered the status of “legendary”. As far as the pieces go, imagine the musics of Messiaen and Scriabin mating and producing offspring…very long-winded unremarkable offspring. The Fantasia ispanica owes a wee bit more to the eroticized Spain of Ravel and Debussy. While there are interesting moments, the music on these discs collapses under the strain of its own...