Use the links on the right to view a list of recent acquisitions in the Music Resource Center. These lists are organized primarily by subject or genre and secondarily by library call number, name or title. They include both Vertical File items and PRIMO cataloged items.
Out of the Spring 2017 acquisitions Gerry recommends:
CDCA BAND 74 – URI Bands – Centennial celebration
Hear what the Concert Band and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble were doing 25 years ago – the last time there was a big celebration of the founding of URI. It includes “Celebration 1992,” an original piece by Dr. Gene Pollart, director of the Wind Ensemble.
M3.1 B613 – Selected Choral Works of Gordon Binkerd
Various donated choral octavos by this well-respected but not generally known American composer, collected into one binder consisting of music for various types vocal ensembles. Binkerd was a visiting artist here at URI Music when David Saladino was director of choral activities in the early 1990s.
ML3505.8 J39 – Jazz Improv magazine vol. 1 no. 2 through vol.8 no.4
These magazines are filled with great information for jazz students and anyone interested in the art of improvising. They are stored in the video cubicle at the far end of the Resource Center. The accompanying CDs for these magazines are currently not at the Resource Center but in another location waiting for processing. This was part of a donation from the late Sandy Taylor, longtime University Architect at URI and a jazz disc jockey at WRIU-FM, URI’s student-run radio station.
If you’d like to explore the sound of rock music at the end of the last century then there are several CD albums donated by URI Art professor Jacob Richman and our own Kirsten Volness, including such artists as the Cure, Radiohead and R.E.M., all to be found among the CDJs where you’d find popular music of varying types – but mostly jazz.
CDC TAKEM 2 – Toru Takemitsu: I hear the water dreaming – music for flute and various ensembles.
This is a nice gateway to the music of this important 20th century composer, especially if you play or like the sound of the flute. Patrick Gallois is the flutist. (Guitar, harp and viola are also featured.)
DVS STOCK 1 – Les grand repetitions
Two French TV specials from the 1960s, built around rehearsals and performances of pieces by Karlheinz Stockhausen (“Momente”) and Edgar Varèse (“Ionisation” and “Déserts”). With English subtitles – a look at two radical composers and their ideas on making music.
CDC VERDI 25 & 34 – Aida (Toscanini 1949), Requiem (Toscanini) w/ Te Deum and other works
CDC BEETH 96, 97, 98 – Symphonies Nos. 1-4, 5, 8 & 9 (Toscanini)
CDC BEETH 100 – Symphony No. 3, Mozart: Symphony No. 40 (Toscanini, 1953, 1950)
Here are some CDs of interest to students of conducting featuring the legendary Arturo Toscanini, who directed the NBC orchestra back when broadcasting companies had in-house musical ensembles for their programming. You’ll also hear how well acoustic music was recorded in the pre-digital age.
We have a small but growing collection of recorder music in the file cabinet in front of my desk in the Resource Center. This spring we added several titles for recorder ensemble, like J.S. Bach – Sleepers wake, chorale from Cantata 140; Elizabethan Trios: Madrigals and Canzonets, edited by Eric Katz; and Page C. Long – The Toybox Suite. We have a couple of good wooden alto recorders in the URI instruments collection, now we’ll need to get some some nice wooden soprano, tenor and bass recorders!
CDW ARGEN 5 – Mi Buenos Aires querido
Discover the sound of a classical piano trio (violin, cello and piano) where the violin is replaced by the bandoneon (a push button accordion favored by tango musicians in Argentina) and the cello is replaced by a string bass. English classical pianist Daniel Barenboim is joined by Rodolfo Mederos on bandoneon and Hector Console on bass for this collection of tangos by various Latin American composers – including several by the famous Astor Piazzola. Barenboim lived in Argentina as a child so this was a project close to his heart.