Music

24
Apr10

RILM adds to humanities offerings

Posted by: G. Karen Merguerian

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RILM Abstracts of Music Literature from Ebscohost is the NU Libraries’ latest web resource in the humanities. Musicologists, ethnomusicologists, educators, psychologists, and anyone else interested in music research will enjoy using RILM to search for journal articles, dissertations, books, and much more on music topics.

RILM makes a nice pairing with some of our new music streaming services like the Jazz Music Library and Database of Recorded American Music. Doing research on the flugelhorn? Listen to it in Jazz Music Library and learn more about it in RILM. Need recently published research on a DRAM recording of the music of Ruth Crawford Seeger? Find journal articles about her in RILM.

Like our other abstract databases, RILM is connected to the library’s full text journal subscriptions, and to our interlibrary loan system, ILLiad, for ordering items not available in our print or online collections. RSS feeds and alerts are also available.

Find RILM through the library’s “Articles” database list, or right-click (Mac:control-click) and bookmark this URL:
http://0-search.ebscohost.com.ilsprod.lib.neu.edu/login.aspx?authtype=ip,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=rih

Posted in: Library News and Events, Music, Read, Listen, Watch, Research Online

30
Mar10

Jazz Music Library is a Hot Sensation

Posted by: Debra Mandel

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The Library has just added Alexander Street Press’ Jazz Music Library collection of 4,974 albums and 60,553 tracks to our media streaming repertoire.

Sample its many artists and genres and set up your own play list. Listen to Deval Patrick’s father Pat play sax on “Come Rain or Shine” or hear Ella Fitzgerald sing “720 in the Books.”

Enjoy!

Posted in: Library News and Events, Music, Read, Listen, Watch

16
Dec09

Happy Birthday Beethoven!

Posted by: G. Karen Merguerian

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Today’s Beethoven’s birthday, and a great opportunity to forget about the daily grind and be mindful of incredible and beautiful and passionate music that’s resonated for generations–and the person who created it.

NAXOS has some nice recordings, if you want to listen to Beethoven online.  I’ve been foisting the famous Furtwangler/Berlin Philharmonic wartime recording of the 9th Symphony on my colleagues today (yes, I’m in a cubicle), plus some Kreisler recordings of the Violin Sonatas, Brendel playing the Piano Concertos, and the soundtrack to Immortal Beloved, (available to borrow from our collection in VHS if you still have one of those), the film about his life starring Gary Oldman.

Other videos in our collection include Clockwork Orange which makes famous use of the 9th Symphony, and the DVD of Daniel Barenboim leading the 5th Symphony at the Ramallah Concert in the West Bank–a very moving event.  For pure listening, on the second floor you can find a lot of CDs too.

I guess I know all the things everyone knows about Beethoven: his brilliant pianism, his moods and passions, the fact that he became deaf, which we always learn about as children and then kind of take for granted, but on serious reflection is almost incomprehensible considering he was a musician and composer.

Anyway, aside from those cliché things, I don’t know that much about him.  Fortunately, there’s a biography and analysis in Oxford Music Online (formerly Grove).  I’m thinking about borrowing Maynard Solomon’s biography from the library, although at 500 pages, it’s kind of a big commitment–luckily there’s a long winter break coming up!

Posted in: Music, Read, Listen, Watch, Serendipity

11
Dec09

New History and Humanities Resources

Posted by: Jamie Dendy

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Northeastern University Libraries announce the acquisition of two new digital collections to further our support of important research and teaching at the University.  Both collections provide critical resources that complement the expanding interdisciplinary nature of scholarship across the campus.

Historical Black Newspapers.  This collection consists of three leading African-American newspapers: Chicago Defender (1910-1975), New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993), and Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002).  These primary source materials are vital to the study of African-American history and culture and to a comprehensive understanding of U.S. history in general.

Full text searching includes valuable photographs and images, advertisements, and arts reviews. This collection celebrates the achievements and documents the struggles of the African-American community through much of the twentieth century.  The collection supports research among multiple disciplines, including African-American studies, history, political science, sociology, and urban studies.

JSTOR: Arts & Sciences VIII Collection.  This new addition to the valuable and popular JSTOR database of important journals across most subject areas expands the JSTOR collection by adding over 140 journal titles in the core humanities disciplines.

The new addition includes journals in art history, classical studies, history, language and literature, music, and philosophy.  Art and architecture journals include rare 19th century titles taken from important collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Frick collection

For more information about these collections and how to effectively search and make use of them, please contact a subject librarian or request research assistance.

Posted in: African-American Studies, Art, History, Journalism and International Affairs, Library News and Events, Music, Research Online