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In addition to standard literature, library staff make it their business to collect lesser-known gems and future standard repertoire throughout the year. Several of these “gems” are on display through the summer at the Music Library.
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Score "Gems:"

Shulamit Ran, East Wind: For Solo Flute (Bryn Mawr, PA: T. Presser, 1988), call no. M62 .R15 E2 1988 - "Surprisingly lyrical and expressionist … mixed bravura exclamations with lyrical reflections"--NY Times.

Lee Hoiby, Summer and Smoke: Opera in Two Acts, libretto by Lanford Wilson, based on the play by Tennessee Williams (Long Eddy, NY: Rock Valley Music, c.1976), call no. M1503 .H689 S8 2000 - "[Wins] deserved praise for doing what an opera is supposed to do: telling the story with sure dramatic pacing and understated expressivity, in music admirable for its directness and melodic grace"--NY Times.

Joan Tower, Purple Rhapsody (concerto for viola and orchestra) (New York: Associated Music, 2009), call no. M1015 .T653 P8 2009 - "Direct, muscular, tuneful"--Fanfare.

Esa-Pekka Salonen, Lachen verlernt: For Solo Violin (London: Chester Music, 2003), call no. M42 .S175 L3 2003 - "Both furious and strangely gorgeous, impressive virtuoso flourishes on open strings, fancy scale work and passages thick with chords. The final, flutey bars are but the hint of laughter regained, just sweet enough to leave a comforting afterglow"--LA Times.

Martin Bresnick, Every Thing Must Go: For Saxophone Quartet (New York: Carl Fischer, 2009), call no. M457.2 .B754 E9 2009 - "A very exciting new addition to the repertoire"--Saxophone Journal.

Helmut Lachenmann, Ein Kinderspiel: Sieben kleine Stücke für Klavier (Wiesbaden: Breitkopf & Härtel, 1982), call no. M25 .L117 K5 1982 - "a wondrously inventive suite of children’s piano pieces"--NY Times


Book "Gems:"

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George Szell - Michael Charry
Call Number: ML422 .S99 C43 2011
ISBN: 0252036166
Publication Date: 2011-06-01
This book is the first full biography of George Szell, one of the greatest orchestra and opera conductors of the twentieth century. From child prodigy pianist and composer to world-renowned conductor, Szell's career spanned seven decades, and he led most of the great orchestras and opera companies of the world. A protégé of composer-conductor Richard Strauss at the Berlin State Opera, his crowning achievement was his twenty-four-year tenure as musical director of the Cleveland Orchestra, transforming it into one of the world's greatest ensembles, touring triumphantly in the United States, Europe, the Soviet Union, South Korea, and Japan.Michael Charry, a conductor who worked with Szell and interviewed him, his family, and his associates, constructs a lively and balanced portrait of Szell's life and work, detailing his personal and musical qualities, his recordings and broadcast concerts, his approach to the great works of the orchestral repertoire, and his famous orchestrational changes and interpretation of the symphonies of Robert Schumann. The book also lists his conducting repertoire and includes a comprehensive discography of Szell's recorded performances.

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Chamber Music - James M. Keller
ISBN: 0195382536
Publication Date: 2010-12-10
Oxford's highly successful listener's guides--The Symphony, The Concerto, andChoral Masterworks--have been widely praised for their blend of captivating biography, crystal clear musical analysis, and delightful humor. Now James Keller follows these greatly admired volumes withChamber Music. Approaching the tradition of chamber music with knowledge and passion, Keller here serves as the often opinionated, always genial guide to 192 essential works by 56 composers, providing illuminating essays on what makes each piece distinctive and admirable. Keller spans the history of this intimate genre of music, from key works of the Baroque through the emotionally stirring "golden age" of the Classical and Romantic composers, to modern masterpieces rich in political, psychological, and sometimes comical overtones. For each piece, from Bach through to contemporary figures like George Crumb and Steve Reich, the author includes an astute musical analysis that casual music lovers can easily appreciate yet that more experienced listeners will find enriching. Keller shares the colorful, often surprising stories behind the compositions while revealing the delights of an art form once described by Goethe as the musical equivalent of "thoughtful people conversing."

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The Savvy Musician - David Cutler
Call Number: ML3790 .C88 2010
ISBN: 0982307500
Publication Date: 2009-10-26
So you’re talented, well trained, and passionate about music. What next? The professional marketplace is flooded with outstanding musicians, forced to compete for a shrinking number of ""traditional"" opportunities. The Savvy Musician helps balance three overriding aspects of your professional musical life: (1) building a career, (2) earning a living, and (3) making a difference. Filled with clearly articulated concepts, detailed strategies, and 165 vignettes about actual musicians working to create a meaningful and prosperous career, this book examines critical elements often overlooked or misunderstood by musicians, and helps you take control of your career. Discover how to build an immediately recognizable ""brand,"" capitalize on technology—from Internet tools to the new recording paradigm, expand your network, and raise money to fund your dreams. The Savvy Musician is an invaluable resource for performers, composers, educators, students, administrators, industry employees, and others interested in a thriving musical future.


Looking for More Music Library Booty?

Take a look at our complete "treasure map," compiled by our Circulation Coordinator, Michael Jones. Be sure to let the Music Library staff know about any other "gems" that we should add to our collection. You can make purchase requests via our online form.

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CD and DVD "Gems:"

Claudio Monteverdi, Vespro della Beata Vergine, L'Arpeggiata, conducted by Christina Pluhar, Virgin Classics 50999 6419940 5, p2011, compact disc, call no. CD MUS-14287 - "Truly exciting one-voice-per-part Vespers that rethinks the work anew"--Gramophone; "This ensemble of virtuosi is in blithe and total command of the material"--Choir & Organ; "Glorious"--American Record Guide.

Sophia: A Biography of a Violin Concerto, directed by Jan Schmidt-Garre, featuring Sofia Gubaidulina, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Gidon Kremer, Sir Simon Rattle, and the Berlin Philharmonic, Arthaus Musik 101 545, DVD, call no. DVD MUS-1220 - "Strongly recommended"--Fanfare; DVD of the month--Gramophone; "absorbing, interesting, at times touching study of aspects of the creative process"--BBC.

Frank Martin, Der Sturm, libretto by August Wilhelm von Schlegel, after William Shakespeare, Hyperion CDA67821/3, p2011, compact disc, call no. CD MUS-14556 - "Splendid … Masterful orchestral writing"--Opera News; Editor's choice, Gramophone; "Exciting and beautiful music, expertly performed and recorded"--Fanfare; "This music is magically imagined by Martin and brought to harvest by Hyperion"--MusicWeb International.

George Crumb, The Ghosts of Alhambra; Voices from a Forgotten World, Bridge Records 9335, p2011, compact disc, call no. CD MUS-14219 - "Incredibly important undertaking…a remarkable second act for the composer…fantastic performances"--Fanfare.


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