Blue Note Sounds a New Note

Posted by: G. Karen Merguerian


The Jazz Music Library from Alexander Street Press now includes recordings from Blue Note records, the recording label known for high-quality albums from the beginning of the jazz age through the 1960s and beyond.

With these new online recordings now available to the NU community, you can listen to Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Dexter Gorden, Art Blakey and more!  These are for the most part digital remasters, so for the true aficionados out there, you may need to come to the library and seek out the Solomon Jazz collection on vinyl, but for your classes or for listening pleasure, these are convenient gems of a true American classical art form.  Enjoy!

Posted in: Library News and Events, Music, Research Online


Smithsonian Global Sound’s Mobile App is Here!

Posted by: Debra Mandel


Smithsonian Global Sound, Alexander Street Press‘s “virtual encyclopedia of the world’s musical and aural traditions,” has three convenient ways to access recordings from your mobile phone. Select a track you wish to listen to, click on the mobile phone icon, and choose one of three methods for accessing the track (and entire album!) from your mobile device.

Click on the screen shot below of the Cajun Home Music Album to see the pop-up help menu you will receive.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at

Debra Mandel

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RILM adds to humanities offerings

Posted by: G. Karen Merguerian


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:,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=rih

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


Jazz Music Library is a Hot Sensation

Posted by: Debra Mandel


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.”


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Happy Birthday Beethoven!

Posted by: G. Karen Merguerian


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