Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Naxos Video Library Trial

Through March 31, 2010 the UW Libraries are running a trial of Naxos Video Library. Naxos Video Library is a performing arts video library with over 300 operas, ballets, documentaries, live concerts, and musical tours of historic places. It includes the Naxos DVD label, Opus Arte, Arthaus, Dacapo, EuroArts, among others and is continuously updated to offer the best selection of performing arts videos. This trial is available on-campus at http://UWashington.naxosvideolibrary.com. For more information on Naxos Video Library, please see the online FAQ.

After reviewing Naxos Video Library please send us your feedback at musiclib@u.washington.edu or reply with a comment to this blog post.

Apply for the Undergraduate Research Award

Write a good research paper? Create an interesting course project? Consider submitting it to the UW Library Undergraduate Research Awards. The deadline for this year's Undergraduate Research Awards is Monday, May 17, 2010 at 5:00 PM. The cash prizes are $1,000 for winners and $100 for honorable mention entries.

For more information, please see http://www.lib.washington.edu/researchaward/.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Happy Birthday, Chopin!

"Monday, Feb. 22, is Frédéric Chopin's 200th birthday. That is, it's Fryderyk Chopin's birthday; the Polish-born, Paris-dwelling composer's name is more commonly spelled these days with Ys. And that's his birth date according to a baptismal certificate; the composer said he was born on March 1. Even 200 years after his birth, things that appear simple about Chopin are actually more complicated than they seem."

For the full story, please see the Washington Post.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Google shuts down music blogs without warning

"In what critics are calling "musicblogocide 2010", Google has deleted at least six popular music blogs that it claims violated copyright law. These sites, hosted by Google's Blogger and Blogspot services, received notices only after their sites – and years of archives – were wiped from the internet."

For the full story, please see the Guardian.com.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Music That Changed History and Still Resonates

"Half a dozen legislators sat a few feet away, under the crystal chandeliers of the East Room of the White House, as Bob Dylan sang “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” poker-faced."

For the full story, please see the New York Times.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Unearthing Prokofiev: Rare Works Get NYC Debut

"Sergei Prokofiev is, perhaps, one of the best-known composers of the 20th century, if only for Peter and the Wolf, which serves as many children's introduction to classical music. Symphony orchestras and ballet companies routinely program his music, but now, 57 years after his death, some newly discovered works by Prokofiev will be premiered Tuesday night at New York's Zankel Hall."

For the full story, please see NPR.org.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Haiti's Hidden Treasures

"Decades before last month's tragic earthquake, Haiti was in the news because of an upheaval of an entirely different kind. The republic had been occupied by American troops for 19 years. But after a series of bloody massacres and insurrections, the U.S. Marines were withdrawn in 1934. Two years later, an American named Alan Lomax landed in Haiti not with weapons but with a portable recording device. He'd been commissioned by the Library of Congress to document Haiti's ethnomusic traditions."

For the full story, see the Wall Street Journal.