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Dance books and DVDs added September 2010-August 2011

The Harold B. Lee Library seeks to acquire resources for dance to support the curriculum and research activities of the BYU Department of Dance, its students, and other Library patrons interested in dance. Over the course of a year, we acquire hundreds of dance-related items in a variety of formats, particularly books and DVDs. These may be scholarly resources, historical studies, ethnographic documentation, instructional and pedagogical materials, documentaries, recitals and major artistic productions, or feature films spanning all genres of dance performance.

Attached below are some PDF files containing lists of all the newly-published dance books, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs added in the past school year, September 2010-August 2011. I’ve also thrown in a list of all musicals on CD, DVD, and Blu-ray added in that same period of time. For your convenience, each item on the list includes a link to a website that contains an image of the item and a brief summary of the contents of the resource.

New dance books 2010-2011

New dance DVDs 2010-2011

New musicals CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays 2010-2011

If there are dance materials of which you were aware that were published in the last year, please feel free to contact me (steven_nordstrom@byu.edu; 801-422-5299) to make recommendations about materials that the Library could acquire to help you in your research, teaching, or personal enrichment.

New Music in Classical Music Library

I am so pleased to let you know that we have just released 22,496 tracks (!!) from EMI, Virgin Classics, and Angel Records into Classical Music Library. That is 1,529 new albums.

You can see a list of all of the new content here: http://dbs.lib.byu.edu/classical-music. Click on the “What’s New” link in near the top of the page.

Highlights include recordings by Thomas Hampson, the Eroica Trio, Natalie Dessay, Sarah Chang, Les Arts Florissants, Maria Callas, Julian Bream, English Consort, Dinu Lipatti, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Christa Ludwig, Berlin Philharmonic, Sviatoslav Richter, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Taverner Choir, Kiri Te Kanawa, Maxim Vengerov, Vienna Philharmonic, and many more.

Examples of new albums include:

*American Classics series – includes albums by Barber, Bernstein, Copland, Ives, Grofe, Adams, Cage, Gershwin, Tomlinson, Foster, and more.

*Bach:Complete Lute Suites (Sharon Isbin) *Bliss conducts Bliss: A Song of Welcome etc *The Busoni Two Piano Programme *Maria Callas in Rehearsal in Dallas 1957

*Chopin: The Legendary 1965 Recording (Martha Argerich) *Enrico Caruso 1902–04

*Gubaidulina – The Canticle of the Sun/Music for Flute, Strings & Percussion *J.C. Bach La Dolce Fiamma – Forgotten castrato arias *Maxim Vengerov : Solo recital album *Tavener . Pärt . Górecki (Vasari Singers)

Classical Music Library now contains 87,193 tracks of music available on the Web from any computer with internet access, 24/7.  Off-campus users will be asked to authenticate using their netID and password.

Harp Scores in the Internet Archive

This summer we have been scanning harp scores for the Internet Archive. BYU is home to the International Harp Archives which include a collection of more than 10,000 scores and recordings that feature the harp. Today we reached a milestone of scanning over 1,000 titles. The collection can be viewed by logging into the Internet Archive at www.archive.org and in the search box entering the tag (byuinternationalharparchive) (with the parentheses included). The search now returns over 1,000 titles.

The resulting URL of the search can also be used as a link if you wanted to create a resource link for your harpists. I had suggested a simpler tag, but apparently IA defines the tags, not the local institution doing the scanning. Here is the URL:


The collection includes scores from the 18th century through 1922. It may also be of interest to researchers working in the history of music publishing or other musicological topics such as the repertory of arrangements of popular opera arias from the 19th century. Some titles are duplicated in the collection of scans because we keep variant printings and copies that may feature markings by well known harpists.

We are still scanning additional scores from the collection. I hope it will reach the 2,000 benchmark before years end.

Enjoy (well at least all of the harpists in our extended communities), David Day

RISM Online Catalog, now with Incipit Search!

A new version of the online catalog for the International Inventory of Musical Sources (RISM) was released at the end of March 2011. New features in this version are a music incipit search, links to digital objects, and various minor improvements, including display of holding libraries in cases of ownership transfer and corrected errors in incipit displays.

For the music incipit search, two search fields are available. This makes it possible to find works that are musically similar. The search is based on the progression of the beginning notes of a composition. One only needs to enter the note names (C, D, E, F, G, A, B). Searching using the field “Music incipit” delivers results based on the exact note progression; the field “Music incipit (with transposition)” also includes the series of notes transposed. The database contains over one million incipits.

For the first time, links to digital objects have also been added to the full record display. This way, with the click of a mouse you can view a digitized version of a music source directly through the record. RISM is cooperating with certain libraries that are using some of the RISM data as metadata to enable discovery of their own digital objects. Over 3,500 links to digital objects are already available in the RISM database.

RISM, a project of the Mainz Academy of Sciences and Literature, and its participating partners, the Bavarian State Library in Munich and the Berlin State Library, are pleased to be able to offer this new version of the online catalog to a musically appreciative public.

For free access to this catalog of over 730,000 entries, either go to the catalog’s main page (http://opac.rism.info/index.php?id=2&L=1)

New music magazines in Music & Dance!

Musical Stages: The World of Musical Theatre — ML 5 .M847

Since it’s inception, Musical Stages has gone from strength-to-strength and has become invaluable–both as a classy publication and as a website–for anyone interested in musical theatre. Its coverage of new musicals and undiscovered writers is as fervent and enthusiastic as its coverage of established shows and seasoned practitioners. It’s interest in leading players is balanced by it’s interest in performers who are just starting out in the industry. Reviews of West End and Broadway shows are matched by reviews of regional and fringe theatre shows around the world. Support for the creative teams behind the scenes is as genuine as support for those who stand center stage.

Halftime Magazine: Sights, Sounds & Spirit of the Marching Arts — ML 1 .H34

Halftime Magazine®, which premiered in July 2007, is the only lifestyle publication that presents the sights, sounds and spirit of the marching arts in a highly visual format. Their mission involves education, entertainment and inspiration for our readers–marching instructors, students, parents, alumni and fans. This bimonthly print magazine and online community showcases marching participants’ shared experiences about competitions, school spirit and band traditions with profiles, first-person accounts and thought-provoking feature stories. The publication also provides tips to enhance students’ musical and marching skills as well as connects the band community through news, events calendars and product reviews. Covers high school marching band, college marching band, drum corps, winter guard, indoor drum line and all-age ensembles.

New manuscript facsimile scores of major works

Ever wonder about what the original manuscript of a composer’s score looks like? A look at the original manuscript can often tell you a lot about the compositional process. Scholars compare original “autograph” manuscripts with other early sources (copyist manuscripts, 1st editions, etc.) in preparing scholarly critical editions that attempt to represent the composer’s original intent as much as possible. Music Special Collections in the HBLL has a number of important manuscript facsimiles (high-quality reproductions of autograph manuscripts) available to use in the Music & Dance Reading Room. Here are a few of the most recent facsimile editions acquired by the Library:

Symphony no. 9, op. 125, by Ludwig van Beethoven

MSC M 2 .D62 Bd.42 Folio

Bärenreiter Facsimile Edition: Beethoven Symphony No. 9 op. 125 Facsimile of the autograph score in the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz, the Beethoven-Haus Bonn, and the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

The history of the autograph manuscript reflects an episode in German history: after storage in various places because of the war, the major parts were returned to Berlin but were initially divided by the Berlin Wall and only reunited in 1990. Martina Rebmann who is the Director of the Music Department at the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin traces this story. In 1972 the main theme of the last movement was chosen by the Council of Europe as the European anthem and in 1985 it was adopted by the European Community as its official anthem. In 2001 the manuscript was listed in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register.

For the first time the facsimile presents all the parts of the manuscript including pages preserved in Bonn and Paris as well as the trombone and contrabassoon parts.


Other manuscript facsimiles available for use in Music and Dance:

Messe in h-Moll, BWV 232 : mit Sanctus in D-Dur (1724), BWV 232III, by Johann Sebastian Bach

MSC M 2 .D62 Bd.35

Messiah : HWV 56, by George Frideric Handel

MSC M 2 .D62 Bd.40

Ein Sommernachtstraum : Ouvertüre op. 21, by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

MSC M 2 .D62 Bd.41

Come check these out today!

Check out the new list of current dance periodicals

Have you ever wondered what dance magazines and journals were available in the HBLL? In fact, the Library subscribes to over 50 dance periodicals, either online with electronic full-text availability, or in print.

To take a look at all the current dance periodicals, follow this link to the Dance Subject Guide. You can click on the title of each periodical to access electronic or print holdings information to see which volumes and issues we have.

Happy reading!

January additions to Music Online

There has been a BIG release to our streaming music collections in Music Online: Listening.  Alexander Street Press released nearly 400,000 tracks/17,000+ albums of new music to a number of databases.

New music includes:


2,801 albums (46,874 tracks) from a wide variety of genres and labels, including Daptone Records, JSP Records, Acrobat, GNP Crescendo, and many more. Newly released artists and ensembles include Otis Grand, Ike & Tina Turner, Eddie Dean, Bill Haley, Gene Autry, Rudy Vallee, Buddy Holly & The Crickets, Willie Nelson, Mahalia Jackson, John Denver, James Brown & The Famous Flames, The Highwaymen, and many more.


10,266 albums (132,667 tracks) from a wide variety of labels and genres, including reggae, acoustic folk, Afro-Cuban, belly dance, banda, dub, drinking songs, hip-hop, Italian folk, Indian classical, world beat, and many more. Newly released artists and ensembles include: Nairobi City Ensemble, Sanjay Subrahmanyan, Eddie Palmieri, Kyoto Kabuki Orchestra, Mind Da Gap, Mariachi Mexico Jalisco, Najwa Karam, Hani Shaker, The New England Irish Harp Orchestra, Calimbo Steel Band, Sri Chinmoy,  Amjad Ali Khan, and many more.


In addition to the general release of new materials, we also added 139,626 additional tracks of popular music.  The tracks include a wide variety of genres and labels including rock, film soundtracks, pop, punk, new age, metal, holiday music, hip-hop/rap, electronic, Christian music, children’s music, musical theatre soundtracks, and more.

Example artists and ensembles include: A Flock of Seagulls, Tanya Tucker, Naughty by Nature, Wu-Tang Clan, Edith Piaf, Gloria Gaynor, Kool & The Gang, Liberace, Rod Stewart, The Sex Pistols, Chicago, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, and lots more.

Example new albums include: South Pacific (London Theatre cast recording), Original Television soundtrack of Star Trek, Volume 1: The Cage and Where No Man Has Gone Before, Live Anarchy from the UK (Sex Pistols), Cold Chillin in the Studio Live (Original Jazzy Jay), The Day Will Come (Rod Stewart), and Testimony: The Life and Times of John Lennon in his own words (John Lennon and Yoko Ono)

Welcome to the all-new Music & Dance website!

Long overdue, we’re happy to announce that we’ve redesigned the HBLL Music & Dance website. In it you’ll find information about Music & Dance’s staff, services, hours, location, equipment and labs. You’ll also find quick and convenient links to useful music and dance databases, the library catalog, research Subject Guides, and a Turabian citation guide. There are also links to other useful HBLL resources like Interlibrary Loan, your library account, and a form where you can suggest a book/score/CD/DVD or other item to add to the Library collections.

Right here, front and center, you’ll find regular updates about Music & Dance collections, events, along with tips for locating materials in various library catalogs and databases. Subscribe to the blog by clicking on the RSS Feed link at the bottom of this page so you can get notification of new posts whenever they appear!

Ever wonder about our current music periodical subscriptions?

The Music and Dance collections are big. One of the most important types of media we collect are periodicals, both scholarly and popular. The HBLL provides access to over 570 active periodicals, either in print or electronic formats! The links below provide access to a complete list of all of these music periodicals, listed either alphabetically by title, or by call number. Enjoy!

Current Music List, Alphabetic by Title

Current Music List, by Call Number

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