New Alexander Street Press Interface

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Alexander Street Press, the hosting site for the Music Online: Classical Scores Library, that contains over 24,000 musical score documents, has launched a new interface. An informational FAQ about the new interface is available here.

The first features are now available, with many more launching over the next academic year.

Here’s what the new interface offers now:

  • Powerful faceted browsing capabilities: Browse content with “smart facets” that change as you search, allowing you quickly to find exactly what you’re looking for. It’s as if the interface knows what you’re asking.
  • 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’s coming soon:

  • Outbound discovery—your Alexander Street content will link out to select Internet archives, greatly expanding the content available to your users at no charge, and all semantically indexed to make it cross-searchable with the other Alexander Street content.
  • Fully text-searchable liner notes displayed along select albums.
  • And more. See a full list of current and forthcoming functionality here.

Beginning August 14, 2014, all permanent URLs, such as links to clips, playlists, bookmarks, and embed codes, related to the Classical Scores collection will automatically point users to the new interface.

About Classical Scores Library

Music Online: Classical Scores Library is a series of three volumes, of which UMass Lowell has purchased Volume I.

The first volume of Classical Scores Library includes more than 400,000 pages of the most important classical music scores and manuscripts ever written. Students, faculty, and scholars will find countless works from classical music’s most studied composers, including Bach, Schubert, Mozart, Handel, Beethoven, Liszt, Brahms, Chopin, plus thousands more.

Additional material in Volume I includes 100 scores from the Barry S. Brook Center’s collection of French Opera in the 17th and 18th centuries, providing access to the music and libretti of the early operas during an important period in the development of the genre.

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.