New Books! New Year! January-February 2017
Cybersonic Arts : adventures in American new music
Call Number: ML200.5.M919c
Publication Date: 2015-10-01
Composer, performer, instrument builder, teacher, and writer Gordon Mumma has left an indelible mark on the American contemporary music scene. A prolific composer and innovative French horn player, Mumma is recognized for integrating advanced electronic processes into musical structures, an approach he has termed "Cybersonics." Musicologist Michelle Fillion curates a collection of Mumma's writings, presenting revised versions of his classic pieces as well as many unpublished works from every stage of his storied career. Here, through words and astonishing photos, is Mumma's chronicle of seminal events in the musical world of the twentieth century: his cofounding the Cooperative Studio for Electronic Music; his role in organizing the historic ONCE Festivals of Contemporary Music; performances with the Sonic Arts Union; and working alongside John Cage and David Tudor as a composer-musician with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. In addition, Mumma describes his collaborations with composers, performers, dancers, and visual artists ranging from Robert Ashley and Pauline Oliveros to Marcel Duchamp and Robert Rauschenberg. Candid and insightful, Cybersonic Arts is the eye-opening account of a broad artistic community by an active participant and observer.
Georges Bizet, Carmen
Call Number: ML410.Bi552 M132g 1992
Publication Date: 1992-07-09
Bizet's Carmen is probably the best known opera of the standard repertoire, yet its very familiarity often prevents us from approaching it with the seriousness it deserves. This handbook explores the opera in a number of contexts, bringing to the surface the controversies over gender, race, class and musical propriety that greeted its premiere and that have been rekindled by the recent spate of film versions. Beginning with a study of the Mérimée story by Peter Robinson and an examination of the social tensions in nineteenth-century France that inform both that story and the opera, the book traces the latter through its genesis and reception. The central core of the book presents a close reading of the opera that offers new interpretive possibilities. The handbook concludes with discussions of four films based on the opera: Carmen Jones and the versions of Carmen by Carlos Saura, Peter Brook, and Francesco Rosi. The volume contains a bibliography, music examples, and a synopsis.
Call Number: ML410.St83 C844ig
Publication Date: 2015-12-15
"Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) was perhaps the twentieth century's most feted composer, a leading light of modernism and a restlessly creative artist. This book traces the story of Stravinsky's life and work, setting him in the context of the turbulent times in which he lived. Born in Russia, Stravinsky spent most of his life in exile -- and while he swiftly became a cosmopolitan figure, the discomfort of estrangement nonetheless left its mark both on the man and on his work, in the form of an ever-present sense of loss and nostalgia. In this engaging critical biography, Jonathan Cross charts Stravinsky's work over the course of decades spent in Paris, Los Angeles and elsewhere, in an artistic circle that included Joyce, Picasso and Proust, and which culminated in Stravinsky being celebrated by both the White House and the Kremlin as one of the great artistic forces of the era. A celebrity composer in an increasingly celebrity-obsessed age, Stravinsky's extraordinary music reflected and shaped his own times, and still resonates with today's audiences. Approachable and absorbing, Igor Stravinsky tells of a colourful life lived against the backdrop of the twentieth century's wars and revolutions."--Back cover
Performing Baroque Music on the Classical Guitar
Call Number: MT580.C884p
Publication Date: 2015-09-15
David Russell writes: "Congratulations on this fabulous book. It will be a great help and inspiration to many guitarists." As we go further into the 21st century, more and more classical guitarists wish to play baroque and galant music in a manner reflecting stylistic understanding of those eras. We will never know precisely how the music was played then, but can come closer to understanding the priorities of the time. The common denominator of music in our chosen period is rhetorical expression. Historical Performance Practice, by bringing us closer to the essence of the music, gives us not only more understanding but - above all - more possibilities for moving our listeners. While striving to play in a stylistic manner, we must never forget the goal of performance: to communicate passions and elevate the lives of our listeners. It is with this in mind that the present book has been written. Author: Peter Croton, early music performer, and teacher at the world-renowned Schola Cantorum Basiliensis as well as at the Conservatories of Basel and Bern. Cover art and design: Johanna Croton Paul Galbraith writes:"This handbook is a distinguished addition to the ever-expanding body of instructional literature for guitarists. In effect, we're treated here to a guided tour through a wealth of selected historical quotations and information, under the experienced supervision of Peter Croton, who offers his considered opinion at every step. A highly stimulating, provocative and educational read!" Oscar Ghiglia writes: "A very precious collection of musical wisdom, in the words of Peter Croton and from the heritage of ancient living documents expressing profound opinions of historical writers, on their contemporary art of feeling and performing their music." Pablo Marquez writes:"The great Hungarian pianist Gyorgy Sebok used to say that 'the first step to freedom is to make a choice. When you have only one option then you have no choice, when you have two options then you have a dilemma, when you have three or more options then you start having a choice.' This new book by Peter Croton is a wonderful tool for guitarists to become freer in negotiating Early Music's vast territory." Carlos Victor writes:"The popularity of baroque music among guitarists today raises the question: how can we convey the deep meaning of this music to 21st century audiences? Peter Croton's book is an extremely helpful guide. He not only discusses historical sources, but also draws upon his experience as performer, researcher and teacher. I had the privilege of studying with him for two years, thus personally experiencing his incredible knowledge and true commitment to this music." --Publisher
Developing Expression in Brass Performance
Call Number: ML418.J622d
Publication Date: 2016-05-04
Developing Expression in Brass Performance and Teaching helps university music teachers, high school band directors, private teachers, and students develop a vibrant and flexible approach to brass teaching and performance that keeps musical expression central to the learning process. Strategies for teaching both group and applied lessons will help instructors develop more expressive use of articulation, flexibility in sound production, and how to play with better intonation. The author shares strategies from today's best brass instrument performers and teachers for developing creativity and making musical expression central to practicing and performing. These concepts presented are taken from over thirty years of experience with musicians like Wynton Marsalis, Barbara Butler, Charles Geyer, Donald Hunsberger, Leonard Candelaria, John Haynie, Bryan Goff, members of the Chicago Symphony and New York Philharmonic and from leading music schools such as the Eastman School of Music, The University of North Texas and The Florida State University. The combination of philosophy, pedagogy, and common sense methods for learning will ignite both musicians and budding musicians to inspired teaching and playing.
Diction Coach - Arias for Baritone
Call Number: MT883.D561ar B ; CDc 15,230
Publication Date: 2008-08-01
Comprises International Phonetic Alphabet versions of all arias from Arias for baritone (HL50481100) (Martha Gerhart, Italian and French; Kathryn LaBouff, English; Irene Spiegelman, German) with word for word English translations; explanations of Italian, French, German, and English IPA; and diction recordings by coaches from the Metropolitan Opera and Juilliard School (Corradina Caporello, Italian; Kathryn LaBouff, English; Irene Spiegelman, German; Pierre Vallet, French) in two versions, as an actor would speak the text and in a slow version allowing time for the student to repeat each line.
The Crafty Art of Opera : for those who make it, love it or hate it
Call Number: MT955.H186c
Publication Date: 2016-08-18
Opera is nowadays performed worldwide. But as an art form it is little understood by performers and audiences alike. The Crafty Art of Opera wants to change that. Here, Michael Hampe brings glimpses of the director's work to a wider audience, uncovering the many techniques and rules that should inform an opera's staging: the need for singers to know their orchestra, the importance of space around singers, the gestures of languages, what we all can learn from Mozart, and the primacy of sense over effect, to name but a few. He shows how stories, through music, become tangible and real.BR>Packed with many anecdotes from the author's luminous career, this book is dedicated to opera-lovers who want to understand 'how it is done'; to opera-makers who want to better understand their craft; and, last but not least, to those who loathe opera, in order to prove them wrong. Eminently readable, it brings both insight and wit from a life spent in opera as director and teacher. MICHAEL HAMPE is an internationally acclaimed opera stage director. The Crafty Art of Opera was published in German as Opernschule.
Composing for the State : music in twentieth-century dictatorships
Call Number: ML3916.C738
Publication Date: 2016-02-28
Under the dictatorships of the twentieth century, music never ceased to sound. Even when they did not impose aesthetic standards, these regimes tended to favour certain kinds of art music such as occasional works for commemorations or celebrations, symphonic poems, cantatas and choral settings. In the same way, composers who were more or less ideologically close to the regime wrote pieces of music on their own initiative, which amounted to a support of the political order. This book presents ten studies focusing on music inspired and promoted by regimes such as Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, France under Vichy, the USSR and its satellites, Franco's Spain, Salazar's Portugal, Maoist China, and Latin-American dictatorships. By discussing the musical works themselves, whether they were conceived as ways to provide "music for the people", to personally honour the dictator, or to participate in State commemorations of glorious historical events, the book examines the relationship between the composers and the State. This important volume, therefore, addresses theoretical issues long neglected by both musicologists and historians: What is the relationship between art music and propaganda? How did composers participate in musical life under the control of an authoritarian State? What was specifically political in the works produced in these contexts? How did audiences react to them? Can we speak confidently about "State music"? In this way,Composing for the State: Music in Twentieth Century Dictatorshipsis an essential contribution to our understanding of musical cultures of the twentieth century, as well as the symbolic policies of dictatorial regimes.
Music in Vienna 1700, 1800, 1900
Call Number: ML246.8.V675 W939mu
Publication Date: 2016-06-17
The image of Vienna as a musical city is a familiar one. Vienna has long been associated with many of the most significant composers in Western music - from Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, through the Strauss family, Brahms, Bruckner and Wolf, to Mahler, Lehar, Schoenberg and Webern. Today, venerable institutions like the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Staatsoper and the Vienna Boys' Choir, together with the shared pride of residents and visitors in its musical inheritance, ensure that the image of a musical city is undimmed. This book explores the history of music in Vienna, focussing on three different epochs, 1700, 1800 and 1900, an approach which allows the very different relationships between music and society that existed in each of these periods to be distinguished. Patronage, social function and audience are key considerations, set within wider political and cultural developments. The volume is populated by emperors, princes, performers, publishers and writers as well as composers, and deals with institutional and commercial characteristics alongside representative individual works. Music in Vienna focusses on the political and social role of music, broadening our understanding of the city as a musical capital. It will appeal to a wide readership, including music historians and political, cultural and social historians, as well as the interested general reader. DAVID WYN JONES is Professor of Music at Cardiff University.
Angelic Music : the story of Benjamin Franklin's glass armonica
Call Number: ML1085.M461an
Publication Date: 2016-10-18
With spirited charm, Mead weaves history, music, science, and medicine into the story...Fascinating, insightful, and, best of all, great fun.--The Washington Post A jewel of musical history, the story of Ben Franklin's favorite invention, the glass harmonica, including the composers who wrote for it (Mozart, Beethoven, Handel, among others), Dr. Mesmer who used it to hypnotize, Marie Antoinette and the women who popularized it, its decline and recent comeback. Benjamin Franklin is renowned for his landmark inventions, including bifocals, the Franklin stove, and the lightning rod. Yet his own favorite invention, the one he said gave him the greatest personal satisfaction, is unknown to the general public. The glass harmonica, the first musical instrument invented by an American, was constructed of stacked glass bowls and played by rubbing one's fingers on the rims. It was so popular in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries that Mozart, Beethoven, Handel, and Strauss composed for it; Marie Antoinette and numerous monarchs played it; Goethe and Thomas Jefferson praised it; Dr. Franz Mesmer used it for his hypnotizing Mesmerism sessions. Franklin himself played it for George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. In Angelic Music, Corey Mead describes how Franklin's instrument fell out of popular favor, partly due to claims that its haunting sounds could drive musicians out of their minds. Some players fell ill, complaining of nervousness, muscle spasms, and cramps. Audiences were susceptible; a child died during a performance in Germany. Some thought its ethereal tones summoned spirits or had magical powers. It was banned in some places. Yet in recent years, the harmonica has enjoyed a revival. Composers are writing pieces for it in genres ranging from chamber music and opera to electronic and pop music. Now Mead brings this instrument back to the public eye, telling the compelling, fascinating story of its origins.
Tales from the locker room : an anecdotal portrait of George Szell and his Cleveland Orchestra
Call Number: ML422.Sz25 An43t
Publication Date: 2015
We Can't Always Play Waltzes : conversations with Bert Lucarelli
Call Number: ML419.L962 P414w
Publication Date: 2016-01-01
The American oboist Humbert "Bert" Lucarelli is interviewed about his life, work, teaching, the arts, and more. --Publisher
W.T. Best : magic music man
Call Number: ML416.Be464 Q44w
Publication Date: 2016
William Thomas Best (1826-1897) was an English organist and composer, who was prominent in popularizing the organ outside of the church setting. This book looks at his life and work. --Publisher
Call Number: BF575.A6 C437t
Publication Date: 2006-05-03
The Perfect Antidote to Anxiety Feelings of anxiety can sap your energy, joy, and vitality. But now the scientists at the Institute of HeartMath#65533; have adapted their revolutionary techniques into a fast and simple program that you can use to break free from anxiety once and for all. At the core of the HeartMath method is the idea that our thoughts and emotions affect our heart rhythms. By focusing on positive feelings such as appreciation, care, or compassion, you can create coherence in these rhythms-with amazing results. Using the HeartMath method, you'll learn to engage your heart to bring your emotions, body, and mind into balance. Relief from anxiety, optimal health, and high performance all day long will follow. (HeartMath#65533; is a registered trademark of the Institute of HeartMath.)
Transforming Depression : the HeartMath solution to feeling overwhelmed, sad, and stressed
Call Number: RC537.C437t
Publication Date: 2007-09-01
Transforming Depression argues that the prevalence of depression today results from the frenetic pace of modern life. A constant sense of being overwhelmed, fatigued, and stretched to the limit leads us to feelings of hopelessness and a lack of interest in normally pleasurable activities-the principal signs of depression. By using the HeartMath(r) techniques, readers will be able to tap into new reserves of energy and creativity and will find new ways to connect with the people in their lives. As a result, feelings of depression will lessen and dramatic change will take place for better health in mind and body.
Transforming Anger : the HeartMath solution for letting go of rage, frustration, and irritation
Call Number: BF575.A5 C437c
Publication Date: 2003-07-10
In recent years, neuroscientists have discovered that the heart has its own intelligence, a complex independent nervous system that is referred to as 'the brain in the heart.' Getting the heart into a positive rhythm can directly send a signal to the brain, allowing the two to synchronize and literally transform anger, frustration, and irritation into compassion, empathy, and calm. FromTransforming Anger, learn how thoughts and feelings get stored in the nervous system and create cellular triggers of irritation, frustration, and anger. Then find out how to get beyond the mechanical negative pull of these triggers. Discover how to control your heart rhythms using a 60-second 'freeze-frame' technique: an exercise that calms the mind, synchronizes the nervous system, and increases the level of internal coherence, so that you can clearly and quickly see the options for dealing with anger. This technique can be used anytime and anywhere, and puts you in a zone in which you are able to feel calm, compassionate feelings for yourself and for others. For lasting change, learn to build emotional assets, depersonalize the actions of others, identify resistance to change, and keep the practice going. HeartMath is a registered trademark of the Institute of HeartMath.
Transforming Stress : the HeartMath solution for relieving worry, fatigue, and tension
Call Number: RA785.C437t
Publication Date: 2005-03-02
It's the quintessential buzz word of modern life. It hangs on everyone's lips from the first miles of the morning commute until the screeching alarm clock starts yet another day. Countless articles and studies tell the same story: lives controlled by unmanaged stress end early and none too well. This book describes a simple, straightforward method readers can learn and practice to literally transform stress by shifting the heart's own rhythms. At the core of the HeartMath method of emotional regulation is the idea that, by focusing on positive feelings such as appreciation, care, or compassion, anyone can create dramatic changes in his or her heart rhythms. These changes precipitate a series of neural, hormonal, and biochemical events that dissipate stress and anger and lead to greater well-being. The benefits from using this system are remarkable and far-reaching: blood pressure drops, stress hormone levels fall, immune system activity increases, and anti-aging hormone levels rise. Through its interactive learning system, this book teaches readers to use the HeartMath method, enabling them to see and experience in real time how thoughts and emotions affect their heart rhythms. It teaches them how to engage their hearts to bring emotion, body, and mind into balance, and helps them stay in a zone of focused clarity, optimal health, and high performance. Changes brought about through this method are fast-acting and long-lasting, the perfect antidote to our chaotic and fast-paced lives. HeartMath is a registered trademark of the Institute of HeartMath.
The College de-Stress Handbook : keeping cool under pressure from the inside out
Call Number: RA785.G552c
Publication Date: 2011-11-01
Stress among college students is at an all-time high. Whether you are a young undergrad, a middle-aged student returning to college, or a veteran transitioning from the military to college, the skills taught in this book will show you how to reduce stress, improve decision making, and increase academicfocus. Practical tips and techniques are woven throughout to help you establish new habits of resilience as you navigate the challenges and complexities of college life. With new information on the physiology of learning and performance, you will be able to change energy-draining behaviors into those that renew and revitalize you.Topics include: Time Management, Digital Overload, Relationships,Test Anxiety, Decision Making, Insomnia, Managing Your Emotions,Personal Balance and Performance and Stress.
Robinson Music Library
Where do you work in the Library?
My desk is in the Technical Services area as far North of the front door as you can go. When not there I am probably in the Orchestra Library.
What are your musical interests/activities?
I play and teach viola da gamba, am active as a soloist and chamber player of 17th-century music and play vielle, medieval harp, hurdy gurdy and a variety of winds in Medieval and Renaissance groups. I also am Music Director at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church working with choirs and instruments.
What are your hobbies?
jewelry making, sailing, historical fiction
Robinson Music Library
Where do you work in the Library?
My corner office is in the Technical Services section at the north end of the Library.
What are your musical interests/activities?
Baroque music, folk, bluegrass, anything excellent! I am a harpsichordist/pianist and currently play keyboards for Brooklyn Presbyterian Church.
What are your hobbies?
birdwatching, squaredancing, travel