Did you know…


Sarah Vaughan

… 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.

To see what albums have been recently added to our collection, check out the “New Acquisitions” pages for Jazz CDs. You can browse by performer or by CD title.

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.

Celebrating Irving Berlin

IrvingBerlinLegendary composer and lyricist Irving Berlin hit it big in 1911 with “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” before going on to compose over 1,000 songs and several hit musicals such as Annie Get Your Gun. His tunes are an important part of the Great American Songbook.

To honor this great American songwriter on the 25th anniversary of his death, the Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library is pleased to present a selection of sheet music from the Larry Taylor-Billy Matthews Musical Theater Archive, accompanied by some of Berlin’s most popular musical films. The exhibit will run through the end of the semester.

Weeks Acquires Major Opera Literature Collection

operalitsmall2The Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library is pleased to announce the acquisition of a major collection of books and other secondary literature relating to opera and opera singers. The collection was the personal library of Roger Gross, a major New York dealer in musical autographs who had a special love of opera. The collection, which runs to several thousand volumes, relates to opera and opera singers from the late eighteenth century to the present. It includes some rare eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century volumes; studies on a variety of geographical areas and in a variety of languages (including opera in North and South America and studies in Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian); and books that range from biographies and autobiographies, through studies of operatic and theatrical institutions, to operatic and theatrical chronologies. The collection also includes volumes on dance and operetta and is particularly strong on the twentieth-century Greek-American soprano Maria Callas.

This is a research-level collection comparable to the secondary literature holdings relating to opera and singers of, for example, the Music Division of the New York Public Library. The collection will provide a rich resource for researchers (including graduates and undergraduates) interested in singers, vocal performance, and opera and theater generally. The collection is in the process of being catalogued: the volumes currently available can be found by searching under keywords “Roger Gross” in the library catalog: http://catalog.library.miami.edu. For further information, please contact Music Librarian, Nancy Zavac, nzavac@miami.edu.

Karen Henson and Nancy Zavac, University of Miami

75th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz

OzSmallThe Wizard of Oz premiered August 25, 1939. Based on the 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, the film follows Dorothy Gale from her home in Kansas to the Technicolor Land of Oz. With her faithful dog, Toto, Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion “follow the yellow brick road” to the Emerald City and beyond.

Noted for its mastery of set design, effects, music, and narrative, The Wizard of Oz has become a cherished classic in the American film canon.

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of this treasured film classic, the Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library is pleased to present a selection of materials from the University of Miami Libraries. These include books, scores, vinyl records, CDs, DVDs, and promotional materials. Come take a trip “over the rainbow” to the Land of Oz!

Liber Magistri: 12th century “encyclopedia of Western Europe”

The Liber magistri “has been described as one of the first encyclopedias of Western Europe in the 12th century.” Aside from a complete repertory of Gregorian chant—including the entire repertory of chants for the celebration of the mass and the divine office—the codex contains writings about the history and theory of music, theater, miniature production, medicine, agriculture, and other sciences.

The facsimile edition is reproduced in full color and bound in leather with brass closures. Presented to Professor Frank Cooper on the occasion of his retirement by University Librarian Bill Walker, this codex is a marvelous addition to the Frank Cooper Music Facsimile Collection.


Celebrating Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring!

On May 29, 1913, Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring premiered in Paris. It debuted to a riot between audience members thrilled by the innovative work and those who jeered at the bizarre choreography and discordant music. Despite its less-than-auspicious beginnings, the Rite is now considered one of the most important works of the 20th century.

The Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library is pleased to present an exhibit aboutThe Rite of Spring, which celebrated its centennial just last year. A facsimile edition of the autograph manuscript and images of an original costume design worn by one of the dancers are joined by quotes from modern day scholars and contemporary witnesses to the premiere of the ballet.

This exhibit will run through the Spring semester.

Citation and Writing for Music Research

Need to know how to tell a scholarly source from one that’s not so scholarly? Looking for some guidance on how to write about music? Want help with citation sources? Visit the Guide to Citation and Writing for Music Research. This source includes a link to examples of Turabian citation style for various types of resources, including music scores, recordings, and live performances.

Richard Wagner Bicentennial

Richard WagnerRichard Wagner (1813-1883) is among the elite group of composers who changed the course of music history. His operas—including the Ring cycle, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Tristan und Isolde—demonstrate that the richness of artistic expression can be freed from the limits of musical tradition: a philosophy that was fully realized in the experimentation of the 20thcentury. The Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library is pleased to present a selection of materials to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of this remarkable composer. This exhibit will be displayed in the lobby of the music library through the end of the semester.