"Hidden" Treasures of the Collection: Home

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.

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:"

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.

You can also access our treasure map with this QR code:

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.