Over the last few decades, video games have blossomed from simple entertainment to a vibrant art form and one of the world’s fastest-growing industries. As appreciation for the medium has grown, the music of video games has become particularly celebrated. It is thus with great pride that Weeks Music Library has begun curating a collection of video game soundtracks and scores to promote and support the study of this music within the Frost School of Music and across the University of Miami. Our growing collection highlights the music of games released from the 1980s to today, and heavily features the work of American and Japanese composers. A selection of these materials is currently on display at Weeks Music Library. You can also browse our collection in the catalog.
The Weeks Music Library presents a selection of materials from its collections that highlight the profound, multifaceted cultural influence of the artist—perhaps best reflected in the assortment of nicknames including “Chairman of the Board,” “The Voice,” “Ol’ Blue Eyes,” and others by which he is still remembered. This exhibition spans his many memorable musical hits as well as his acting achievements, including his involvement in the Rat Pack, and other influential endeavors throughout his life.
Born December 12, 1915, Francis Albert Sinatra began his career performing as a big band crooner before finding fame as a popular singer and actor, culminating in his 1953 Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for From Here to Eternity.
Though his popularity dwindled somewhat in later years, he stepped back into the spotlight with his 1980 cover of “(Theme from) New York, New York.” After a brief “retirement” in 1971, Sinatra continued performing and touring until his death in 1998.
Infamous for his membership in the “Rat Pack,” his alleged Mafia connections, and his ties to such political notables as John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, Sinatra remains a beloved and fascinating figure of American popular music and culture.
Coffee… candy… picnics… pie… some things are so good you could just sing about them! And, in fact, countless songs have been written about food and drink over the years. To celebrate all things gastronomic, the Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library presents a selection of songs from the Larry Taylor-Billy Matthews Musical Theater Archive. From “Tea for Two” to “Let ’em Eat Cake,” the exhibit highlights the importance of food and drink to American culture.
The exhibit will run through the summer. Come and sample the melodic morsels we have to offer!
Michael Largey, Professor of Musicology at Michigan State University, will present “Sonic Tourism in Haitian Rara,” Friday, March 25, at 12:25pm in Nancy Green Hall. The event is co-sponsored by the Departments of Musicology, Africana Studies, and American Studies, and the Center for Latin American Studies. Click here for more information.
Want to improve your research papers and have greater success in your classes? Join us for the “Music Research Tips” Workshop, held in the Richter Library Information Literacy Lab, (3rd Fl, Rm 344) on Tuesday, February 3rd and Thursday, February 5th.
We’ll cover finding and using background information, articles, dissertations, audio, and music scores.
To register for either of these sessions, please click a link below:
You may view the other sessions in the Spring Workshops 2015 series at http://library.miami.edu/workshops-tutorials/.
The Department of Musicology and the Africana Studies Program are pleased to announce “The Rhythmic Imagination in African Music,” a lecture by Kofi Agawu, Professor of Musicology at Princeton University.
Professor Agawu’s professional interests include music theory, ethnomusicology, and historical musicology, and encompass the musical traditions of 18th and 10th century Europe and West Africa.
Please join us for a lively and informative talk by Professor Agawu.
Friday, November 21
11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Clarke Recital Hall
… that the Weeks Music Library has nearly 7,000 jazz CDs, and is adding more all the time? Our collection highlights the full spectrum of jazz history, from legends such as Charlie Parker, Sarah Vaughan (left), and Oscar Peterson, to contemporary and up-and-coming artists like Jason Moran, Mary Halvorson, Daniel Szabo, and Cécile McLorin Salvant. The collection also features a variety of jazz styles and sub-genres, including cool jazz, bebop, swing, and avant-garde.
If we don’t have a jazz CD, and you think we should, let us know using the “Suggest a purchase” form.
For more jazz recordings, check out the Naxos Music Library Jazz Collection.