News, April 2013 | Stanford Libraries

News, April 2013


Hello music folks,

I'd like to call your attention to these news items from the Music Library and the Archive of Recorded Sound:

New databases

Opera in Video from Alexander Street Press is available for viewing. The collection presents an overview of the most commonly studied operas in music history, opera literature, and performance classes.  It can be used as part of Music Online which provides cross-searching between multiple Alex Press databases, or alone.

Academic Charts Online, "..a single search of international charting albums and singles under exclusive academic license from Billboard, the Official Charts Company. Sophisticated tools allow you to interpret, graph, analyse, compare and contrast musical trends and interactions at the touch of a button. Listen to audio samples for each track and album quickly and easily.”

Rock’s Backpages, "The online library of pop writing. The ultimate archive of music journalism. Thousands of classic articles on artists ... on all genres from rockabilly to hip hop."

See more about databases, and browse a list of all 62 music databases.

Music web

New pages have been added to our site over the past few months, including topic guides on music research, pop music, music of the 20th century, and music business & industry. Beethoven Project resources have also been converted to a topic guide ("Beethoven"). 

Significant acquisitions lists, compiled by Mimi Tashiro, include important and interesting arrivals housed in the Music Library and in Green Library’s Department of Special Collections.  See the lists here: 

Speaking of Beethoven, now on display above the computers are large-scale facsimiles of the five Beethoven manuscripts owned by Stanford, accompanied by brief explanatory texts. High-quality images of these manuscripts may also be viewed and downloaded via links in their respective SearchWorks records.

News from the ARS

ARS web

The Archive of Recorded Sound has a new website. This new resource includes information on the Archive's extensive collections and the various services it offers to the Stanford community as well as other researchers outside of the University. It also includes detailed information to help plan a research trip to the Archive. Finally, the site highlights a number of key sound recording research tools both online and in print. 

Be sure to also follow the Archive on Facebook and Twitter for Archive news and other stories relating to recorded sound. Links to these resources can be found on the homepage of the new website mentioned above.

Riverwalk Jazz

Following the successful cataloging of the Riverwalk Jazz Collection, which came to Stanford's Archive of Recorded Sound last year, January 1st this year saw the launch of a website dedicated to the collection. This new website site includes information on each Riverwalk Jazz program, guests who appeared on each show, the songs performed, and the band themselves. Additionally, the homepage features two channels of streaming audio, broadcasting each program from the collection as an ongoing cycle. 

With its blend of live performance and narrated historical insight relating to key moments or figures in Jazz, the Riverwalk Jazz radio programs are a must for anyone studying Jazz or American Music in general.

As always, we're here to help you succeed! Come and visit! Have a great Spring Quarter!