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BYU’s MusRef database refreshed, renamed, updated

The website and online bibliography of reference sources previously called “Music and Dance Reference” now has a new name and face. It is now called “MusRef” and the website has been revised an updated.

The new URL is: musref.byu.edu

MusRef is a site devoted to music and dance bibliography and reference. The site consists of five main features:

  1. An online bibliography of music and dance bibliographies and reference sources (both print and online).
  2. blog devoted to music and dance bibliography and reference.
  3. Basic introductions to reference tools intended to help students understand how reference sources can guide them to appropriate research materials.
  4. Links to unpublished bibliographies.
  5. A corresponding Facebook page designed as a forum for interested librarians, scholars, and students.

At present the bibliography includes more than 7,300 bibliographies and reference sources (both print and online), approximately 1,880 of which are annotated with critiques on use, coverage, organization, and pros and cons (click here for guidelines on writing critiques). Many entries also list published reviews for the corresponding sources. The bibliography is growing actively with new sources and critiques added on a regular basis. The coverage of the bibliography was initially based on the music and dance reference collection at Brigham Young University, but many additional citations gathered from WorldCat and earlier bibliographies are entered on a regular basis. We have not copied or borrowed annotations or descriptions from any other sources.

We are adding new resources to the site on a daily basis. Please let us know if you are aware of any appropriate reference tools, online digital collections, free e-journals, composer websites, etc. that we have over looked.

We now have a corresponding Facebook page to complement our site. If you would like to receive occasional notes on reference sources and reference topics as part of your Facebook feed, I invite you to “Like” our page (there is a button on the website). You can also set up an RSS feed to our blog.

David Day

New tracks in Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries!

Alexander Street Press has just released 84 new albums (1,120 tracks) to Smithsonian Global Sound.

Included in this release are the Mickey Hart Collection, a 25-CD collection that preserves and furthers the Grateful Dead percussionist’s endeavor to cross borders and expand musical horizons. The albums are drawn from “The World,” a series Hart curated that incorporates his solo projects, other artists’ productions, and re-releases of out-of-print titles. Six of the 25 albums form the “Endangered Music Project,” a collaboration between Mickey Hart and the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, which presents recordings from musical traditions at risk.

Other releases include material from Collector Records, Cook Records, Monitor Records, and the Smithsonian Folkways Special Series, including a release of pianist Robert Prichard. Pritchard is the first African American pianist playing Western classical music ever commercially recorded and published, affording him a unique place in music history. Pritchard was classically trained by renowned master pianists, including Carl Friedberg, Robert Goldsand, and Arturo Michelangeli; he later unfolded a distinguished career as a concert pianist on several continents.

Other new recordings:

  • African American Legacy Series: A Life of Song
  • Angel in the Absinthe House: Songs in the Indoor Manner
  • Baddi Geet – Songs of the Baddi Community of Garhwal
  • Civil War Naval Songs
  • Freedom Chants from the Roof of the World The Jewish Immigrant Experience in America
  • Rappahannock Blues
  • Stickin’ With the Union: Songs from Wisconsin Labor History
  • Watergate, Vol.4: White House Horrors: The Testimony of John Mitchell, Former Attorney General of the U.S.
  • Yulya Sings Midnight in Moscow and Other Russian Hits

 Smithsonian Global Sound now includes 2,953 albums equaling 42,451 tracks.

Music Online now includes:

  • 765,691 tracks
  • 100,030 pages text reference
  • 24,977 scores (417,083 pages)
  • 897 hours of video

New LibGuides tutorial: explaining LC Call Numbers for Music

Are you confused about how music materials are organized in the HBLL? Would you like to browse the collections by subject area and find materials on the subject that interests you without needing to use the library catalog to find an individual item? Well you’ve come to the right place. We’ve just added a LibGuides tutorial to help you understand how the Library of Congress Classification system works, giving you powerful tools to locate materials in the collection. Take a look today!


New periodicals and full text offerings in RIPM

New Publications, January 2012

In January 2012, RIPM will add 8 new titles to the Annotated Index to Music Periodicals database, 5 new titles to the Online Archive of Music Periodicals, and 2 new titles to the RIPM In-Print series.


  • Wöchentliche Nachrichten und Anmerkungen die Musik betreffend (Leipzig, 1766-1770)
  • Boston Musical Gazette (Boston, 1838-1839)
  • The New Music Review and Church Music Review (New York, 1901-1918, first half)
  • Harmonia. Rivista italiana di musica (Rome, 1913-1914)
  • Théâtres et concerts (Paris, 1916-1917)
  • Musica: Album-Revista Musical (Madrid, 1917)
  • Muziekwarande (Brussels, 1922-1931)
  • Musike Zoe (Athens, 1930-1931)


Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung (Leipzig, 1798-1823)

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I Teatri (Milan, 1827-1831)

Boston Musical Gazette (Boston, 1838-1839)
Gazeta Muzyczna i Teatralna (Warsaw, 1865-1866)
La Cultura musicale (Bologna, 1922-1923)

Search the 100+ music periodicals in the RIPM Online Archive (Full-Text) today!

New film music periodical: The New Soundtrack!

The New Soundtrack brings together leading edge academic and professional perspectives on the complex relationship between sound and moving images. Former editors of The Soundtrack, Stephen Deutsch, Larry Sider and Dominic Power, bring their expertise to this project, providing a new platform for discourse on how aural elements combine with moving images. The New Soundtrack also encourages writing on more current developments, such as sound installations, computer-based delivery, and the psychology of the interaction of image and sound. The journal has an illustrious Editorial Board containing some of the most prominent people working with sound in the arts and media and the discourse which surrounds it.

The New Soundtrack includes contributions from recognised practitioners in the field, including composers, sound designers and directors, giving voice to the development of professional practice, alongside academic contributions. Each issue also features a short compilation of book and film reviews on recently released publications and artefacts.

The New Soundtrack is available online here. Take a look today!

New Music in Classical Music Library streaming audio collection!

I am pleased to announce that Alexander Street Press has added another 1,409 albums (35,688 tracks) from EMI into  Classical Music Library. This release represents the remaining EMI material that they have been planning to add into Classical Music Library. There are now over 50,000 tracks of EMI content in the collection.

New content comes from EMI Classics, Angel Records, Capitol Catalog, and more.

Highlights include recordings by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Jussi Bjorling, Victoria De Los Angeles, Itzhak Perlman, Renata Scotto, Mstislav Rostropovich, London Symphony Orchestra, Taverner Choir, Maria Callas, Jon Vickers, Melos Ensemble, Pinchas Zuckerman, Borodin Quartet, Christoph Eschenbach, Elly Ameling, Trio Sonnerie,  Alban Berg Quartett, Chung Trio, John Ogdon, and more.

Also included in this release are hundreds of full length operas, including:

  • Puccini – Turandot (Maria Callas, Teatro alla Scala)
  • Puccini – La Bohème (Mirella Freni, Teatro dell’Opera Di Roma)
  • Mozart – Don Giovanni (Joan Sutherland, Philharmonia Orchestra)
  • Puccini – Tosca (Placido Domingo, Philharmonia Orchestra)
  • Mozart – Così fan tutte (Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Philharmonia Orchestra)
  • R. Strauss – Elektra (Eva Marton, des Bayerischen Rundfunks)
  • Donizetti – Don Pasquale (Beverly Sills, Ambrosian Opera)
  • Gounod – Faust (Thomas Allen, National Opera of Paris)
  • Bellini – Norma (Maria Callas, Teatro alla Scala)
  • Massenet – Manon (Roberto Alagna, La Monnaie) …and many more.

Other new albums include:

  • Walton conducts Walton: Symphony No. 1, Belshazzar’s Feast *Bela Bartók: Mikrokosmos Books 1-6
  • Ireland: Piano Concerto and solo piano works
  • Mendelssohn: Elias
  • Penderecki: Orchestral Works
  • Joyne Hands – English Renaissance Music
  • Barry Tuckwell: Horn Concertos
  • Simon Rattle Edition: Britten
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen: Spiral 1 & Japan
  • 20th Century Classics: Arvo Pärt


Classical Music Library now includes:

134,381 tracks

Music Online now includes:

764,751 tracks

100,030 pages text reference

24,977 scores (417,083 pages)

889 hours of video

Gramophone Awards Opera winner: Rossini’s “Ermione”

Ermione, by Gioachino Rossini

Patricia Bardon, Bulent Bezduz, Rebecca Bottone, Graeme Broadbent, Loic Felix, Carmen Giannattasio, Colin Lee, Paul Nilon, David Parry, Victoria Simmonds

London Philharmonic Orchestra; Geoffrey Mitchell Choir

David Parry, conducting

Take a listen!

Click here.

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