New Interface Released for Alexander Press Classical Musical Scores Library

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Alexander St. Press is launching a new interface for a number of their video and audio products that will be released on rolling basis over the next year. Classical Musical Scores Library is one of the first sites to have its new version released.

Here’s what you can experience in the first release:

  • More faceted browsing capabilities: Browse content with “smart facets” that change as users search, allowing users to find exactly what you’re looking for more quickly.
  • Discipline- and genre-based landing pages with featured content and editorially-curated playlists.
  • The ability to translate every page, liner note, and transcript into dozens of languages using Google Translate.
  • Tools for exporting citations in MLA, Chicago, and APA formats.

And here’s what will be available on the new interface over the next year:

  • A dedicated smartphone app, in addition to the “send to mobile” tool already in use.
  • Outbound discovery—your Alexander Street content will link out to select Internet archives, greatly expanding the content available to users, and all semantically indexed to make it cross-searchable with the other Alexander Street content.
  • Dedicated learning object apps that let users to:
    • Develop online quizzes
    • Create digital study guides
    • Build timelines

Classical Scores Library: Volume I contains over 400,000 pages of the most important classical music scores, manuscripts, and previously unpublished material, allowing for the study and analysis of more than 25,000 musical scores. Classical Scores Library serves as an integral resource for music students and faculty, encompassing all major classical musical genres and time periods from medieval to contemporary. With full, study, piano, and vocal scores, this comprehensive collection will enhance the study of music history, performance, appreciation, and theory for a variety of scholars.

Naxos Music Library adds Blue Note Jazz

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Naxos Music Library announced today the addition of Blue Note Records jazz recordings into their online collection. Everything from favorite standards to cutting edge experimental jazz. In addition Virgin Classics and the EMI Classical and Jazz catalogue is also being added to its streaming audio collection. On August 19th, more than 200 albums became available with the remainder of the 7,200 albums being added until the end of 2011. New releases will be added as they occur.

The legacy of the catalogue of these labels is made apparent by the ensembles, instrumentalists, vocalists and conductors that appear on their decades of recordings, including legendary performers such as Art Blakey, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Evgeny Kissin, Sir Simon Rattle, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Maria Callas, Wilhelm Furtwängler, the Berliner Philharmoniker, Bill Charlap, Lionel Loueke, Joe Lovano, Jason Moran, Robert Glasper, Ambrose Akinmusire, and countless others. The documentation of great past performers as well as new releases on all three labels will serve as an invaluable educational tool to Naxos Music Library subscribers.

Naxos Music Library is mostly known for its classical musical collection, available for streaming online listening. Included in the more than 59,000 disks, however, are also folk, jazz, blues, gospel, and world music selections. Access is available to all UMass Lowell faculty, students, and staff, though be aware that due to cost restraints, there is a limit of 15 consecutive users. For this reason, when you are done using Naxos, PLEASE properly log out using the logout button on the top of the page so that your session can be made available to others. Thank you, and enjoy Blue Note Jazz on Naxos Music Library!

Classical Musical Scores Online Library is now complete

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Alexander Street Press announced that their Classical Scores Library is now complete at over 400,00 pages. On February 11, 2011, Classical Scores Library was updated with 66 scores and 999 pages .
As of this update there are 24,368 scores and 400,088 pages in Classical Scores Library.

The final release includes material from Universal Edition, A-R Editions, and Wirripang. New scores include material from composers Girolamo Frescobaldi, Antonio Vivaldi, Diana Blom, Adriano Banchieri, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Colin Brumby, and more.

Classical Scores Library contains classical scores from both in-copyright and public domain editions. The major composers output is represented, as well as many lesser known composers and works.

Content in the database includes in-copyright material from Boosey and Hawkes and selected material from the University Music Editions microfilm series.

The collection includes works spanning time periods from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Coverage of score types is comprehensive, with full scores, study scores, piano and vocal scores, and piano reductions.

The database has been indexed to enable users to search on musically relevant fields, such as composer, work/opus number, key, genre, instrument, time period; as well as score-specific fields, such as score type, duration, editor, arranger, publisher. We hope that this will enable users to search, analyze, and research scores in a simple but powerful manner.

Audio Engineering Society E-Library added to UML online resources

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UMass Lowell Libraries has added the AES (Audio Engineering Society) E-Library as an annual subscription online database available to all faculty, students, and staff. Access is offered from both on campus and remotely. Links to the database can be found on the library’s website Music databases page or in the alphabet menu on the website home page.

The AES (Audio Engineering Society) E-Library contains over 13,000 fully searchable PDF files documenting the progression of audio research from 1953 to the present day. The E-library includes every AES paper published at a convention, conference or in the peer-reviewed AES  Journal. The E-Library also contains Standards Documents, Technical Documents, and Anthologies and Collections.

The Audio Engineering Society is the only professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology. Founded in the United States in 1948, the AES has grown to become an international organization that unites audio engineers, creative artists, scientists and students worldwide by promoting advances in audio and disseminating new knowledge and research.

Many research papers presented at conventions are ultimately published in the peer-reviewed Journal of the Audio Engineering Society. Other convention papers and conference proceedings are compiled in the online AES E-Library.

Grove Music Online latest updates

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This past month Grove Music Online , part of Oxford Music Online, is pleased to introduce 100 new articles from the forthcoming second edition of the Grove Dictionary of American Music, edited by Charles Hiroshi Garrett. While some of the topics in this update appeared in the first edition (1986), all are completely new to Grove Music Online and have been updated for the second edition.

Articles in this update include entries on conductors, composers, educators, librarians, and subjects related to band music (instrument makers, bandmasters, and organizations). There are a few entries on social dance forms, including the boogaloo, walk-around, and eagle rock, as well as an extended article on the history of circus music in America.

“search within this article”

You can now choose to limit your search to the article you are viewing within Oxford Music. This new functionality should be particularly helpful with large articles spread over multiple pages, such as large country articles and articles on families.

The “search within this article” box is located near the top left of each entry. Simply click on the plus sign [+] to open the search box, enter your term (s) and click “search”. The search box expands to display a convenient list of search hits along with headings to contextualize them.

Naxos Music Library subscription added

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UML Libraries has added Naxos Music Library as a new annual subscription. UML users can now listen to a slection of streaming music from over 39,000 CDs containing more than 500,000 tracks with an average of 1,000 new CD titles added monthly.

Access is currently limited to 15 simultaneous connnections. If we find that users are getting blocked out, then we will increase our user limit as needed.

NML consists primarily of classical music with a good selection of world music and spoken word as well as a small selection of jazz. The aim of NML is to eventually offer access to every work of classical music ever recorded.

Resources offered by NML include synopses of over 700 operas, a pronunciation guide for composer and artist names and a glossary of musical terms. There is also a weekly podcast about new additions to the library and other musical topics. Archived podcasts are available under the Resources tab. A comprehensive online encyclopedia of classical music is in development.

Users can sign up for individual accounts under Playlists by clicking on the “login” link and then “sign up.” Students can create their own personal playlists that can be exported but can’t be viewed by other users. Professors on the other hand can create shared playlists for students to access. For more information about this functionality, please contact joseph_fisher@uml.edu.

In addition to allowing subscribers to listen to recordings NML provides playing times of individual works or movements, detailed music notes, and opera libretti. The library can be searched by composer, work and label; by keyword search and by a sophisticated advanced search engine with up to 10 combined search criteria.

Classical Scores Library purchased

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UML Libraries has purchased the complete online Classical Scores Library from Alexander St. Press. When complete, this collection will contain over 15,000 scores amounting to over 400,000 pages of classical scores from both in-copyright and public domain editions. Currently the library is over 75% complete.

The collection covers time periods from the Renaissance to the 21st century. The complete works of most major composers are represented along with more obscure composers and works. Coverage is comprehensive, with full scores, study scores, piano and vocal scores, and piano reductions. Multiple editions of works are also made available for comparison and analysis.

Users can search the database by musically relevant fields, such as composer, work/opus number, key, genre, instrument, time period; as well as score-specific fields, such as score type, duration, editor, arranger, publisher.

Scores can be viewed and then printed by page range, movement, or in its entirety. Use of printed scores is limited to individual study or notation and the like. Users are not allowed to perform the printed versions of the PDF scores.

The complete or collected works for the following composers will be made available online once the entire Classical Scores Library has been digitized:

Bach Loewe
Beethoven Mendelssohn
Berlioz Mozart
Brahms Palestrina
Chopin Rameau
Cornelius Schein
Glinka Schubert
Gretry Schuetz
Handel Schumann
Lassus Sweelinck
Liszt Victoria

Classical Scores Collection Trial

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Alexander Street Press is offering trial access to their Classical Scores Collection to the UMass Lowell community until January 3, 2010. For a direct link to the trial, please view the library’s Database Trials & New Resources page.

Classical Scores Library is targeted to be the most comprehensive database of classical scores, representing the major composers output, spanning all genres and time periods from the Western classical canon. Currently it contains nearly 14,000 scores totalling nearly 300,000 pages spanning time periods from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Coverage of score types is comprehensive, with full scores, study scores, piano and vocal scores, and piano reductions.

Content in the database includes in-copyright material from Boosey and Hawkes and selected material from the University Music Editions microfilm series. 

Further releases will include the entire catalog of UME, as well as manuscript material from the Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research, and many new editions from other in-copyright publishers.

Scores can be printed by clicking on the ‘print’ icon in the image viewer. You can select whether to print all pages, a movement, or a page range. Printed Scores are to be used for individual use only (study, notation, etc). You are not allowed to perform from the printed version of the PDF.

Naxos Music Library trial

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Naxos Music Library is available to the UMass Lowell community during the month of November. For a direct link to the trial, please view the library’s Database Trials & New Resources page.

Naxos Music Library (NML) offers streaming music from nearly 40,000 CDs from the catalogs of more than 50 classical, jazz and world music labels with more labels joining every month.

Among the labels whose catalogs are included in the service are leading independent classical
labels such as BIS, Chandos, CPO, Haenssler, Hungaroton, Marco Polo, Vanguard Classics, VOX and, of course,
Naxos. World music content is provided by ARC, Celestial Harmonies and others; and there is also jazz, film music,
nostalgia, classic and contemporary rock content.

The aim of NML is to eventually offer access to every work of classical music ever recorded and to become the
ultimate resource in the classical music field. In future, users will also be able to view the instrumentation
of all orchestral and chamber music works and to access comprehensive analyses of all the most important works.

Resources offered by NML include synopses of over 700 operas, a pronunciation guide for composer and artist names and a glossary of musical terms. A comprehensive online encyclopedia of classical music is in development.

Oxford’s Grove Music Online adds new Opera content

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The Summer update toOxford’s Grove Music Online is now available. Focusing exclusively on opera, this update continues to enhance Grove coverage with nearly 450 new and revised articles on both operas and opera singers, primarily from the recently published and critically-lauded Grove Book of Opera Singers (2009). 

The newest addition to the Tools and Resources page along with the index of opera roles helps guide users through this update, allowing you to browse major opera roles from A to Z with ease. This navigational tool also includes hyperlinks to the operas, composers, and singers.

New and Revised Biographies of Opera Singers

Easily accessible via search and browse, the updated and revised biographies of opera singers include popular singers such as Italian tenor, Enrico Caruso, and Italian alto castrato, Senesino.

Finally, this update also introduces new articles on works from the Grove Book of Operas (2006):