Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Off-Campus for the Summer?

If you are away from campus for all or part of the summer, the library can still help you in many ways:

Interlibrary Loan can supply you with book chapters or journal articles in .pdf format.  For faculty off-campus, ILL can also scan chapters and articles from print resources here at Bracken (Faculty Document Delivery)

Ask a Librarian services include many off-campus options:  phone, e-mail, text message, and live chat.  And of course, I am always available for phone or e-mail consultation, too.

Distance Education Services are available if you have registered for an electronic-only course.

E-Books:  The Library has a select number of recent books available online, plus thousands of historical books.  To find them, use Advanced Search in CardCat, and then select "e-book" as the format after filling in other search terms.  Topics include Music Education, Opera History, and multi-disciplinary studies.

Subject Guides:  The subject guides for music include online subscription resources as well as select open access websites.


Let us help you stay on track!

For many students, summer means going without lessons in their primary performance medium. They may be back home, away from university-level instruction or on-campus while their teacher is abroad performing in a summer music festival.

The library has books and magazines for almost every instrument, often with performance tips or exercises to help you progress in your technique.  Look for these subjects if you need motivation:

Practicing (Music)
Music -- Psychological Aspects

...and these books:

Practicing Sucks... But it Doesn't Have to, by Phyllis Sdoia-Satz
MT 1 .S44 2009

Practicing for Artistic Success, by Burton Kaplan
MT 170 .K37 2004

The General Collection has self-help for time management and the mental side of athletic training, which may apply to musicians as well:

The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People, by Stephen Covey.  This is one of the classic self-help books for time management.  The key take-away concept:  Ask yourself "Is it important?  Is it urgent?"  If it's neither, then don't do it!  Video games, Facebook, channel surfing... we can whittle away our days in a thousand ways.  If it's important, even if not urgent, that's where your time should be spent, for example practicing scales!
BF 637 .S8 C68 2004
BF 637 .S8 C68 1990 (first edition)

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, by James Duhigg.  This book is more about theory than self-help, but it makes a compelling case for practicing carefully, i.e. not practicing mistakes.  Duhigg summarizes psychological research about forming and breaking (extinguishing) habits in a writing style that reaches anyone.
BF 335 .D775 2012 & Non-Fiction Best-Sellers Collection

Mindset, the New Psychology of Success, by Carol Dweck.  This book asks you to reflect on your motivations and examines what it means to be talented, how to cope with (apparent) failure, and how to reframe experiences in a more helpful way.  The Growth Mindset is based on the premise that everyone can grow through study, no matter their initial level of "talent."
BF 773 .D85 2006

In Pursuit of Excellence: How to Win in Sport and Life through Mental Training, by Terry Orlick.  Orlick is a former gymnastics trainer at the Olympic level.  Like musicians, gymnasts have to deal with distractions, goal-setting, and self-doubt.  Orlick's advice based on years of coaching these athletic performers can help anyone achieve their goals, but especially musicians.
GV 706.4 .O73 2000

These e-books can help you manage your time and yourself:

Ready, Set, Organize!  A Workbook for the Organizationally Challenged  (online ebook)

The 26-Hour Day: How to Gain At Least Two Hours a Day with Time Control (online ebook)http://www.bsu.edu/libraries/askalibrarian/

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Blues : The Revival and Beyond

The Blues influenced Rock 'n' Roll in two ways.  First, blues musicians who melded country and urban blues influenced the early days of Rock.  Second, the Blues Revival movement of the 1950s and 1960s introduced historical blues to young musicians who were to become great stars of Rock.  Later rockers incorporated blues influences into their styles, sometimes also covering classic blues songs.  The influence can be subtle shades of harmony or modern covers of classic blues songs.  Although African-Americans invented and developed the Blues, white British and American musicians embraced the music, incorporating it into other styles or continuing the Blues tradition in their way. 

Follow the links to find books, CDs and DVDs to learn and listen:

Allman Brothers Band  The Allman Brothers, guitarists Duane and Gregg, formed their band in the late 1960s, combining classic blues and country music to achieve an eclectic sound sometimes described as "Southern" rock.  The Allman Brothers Band at Fillmore East (1971) is an iconic live album that begins with Statesboro Blues, a song by Blind Willie McTell (1898 - 1959) and continues its blues vibe for the whole concert.  Their sound would influence generations of blues and blues-rock musicians.

Canned Heat's cover of a 1920s blues song, "Going up the Country," was one of the most memorable songs of the famous Woodstock Festival of 1970.

http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1036322Eric Clapton (b. 1945), solo and with Cream, Derek and the Dominos, and The Yardbirds, continues to be one of the most influential champions of the Blues.  His Crossroads Guitar Festival brings together young and old performers every few years since 1999.

Jimi Hendrix playing guitar behind his back
Jimi Hendrix (1942 - 1970) is sometimes credited as being the greatest guitarist in rock music history.  With his group, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, he appeared at both the influential Monterey Pop Festival (1967) and Woodstock.  He grew up on the Blues but incorporated R&B styles into his performances as well.

Janis Joplin
Janice Joplin (solo and with Big Brother & The Holding Company) was a Texas-born blues-rock singer of the 1960s and 1970s.  Her performances at the Monterey Pop Festival and Woodstock helped define the blues-rock vocal sound for women.

Led Zeppelin was heavily influenced by the blues, and some of their songs are straight-up blues numbers.  One famous example is "When the Levee Breaks," a song about the 1927 flood of the Mississippi River that greatly affected people from Kentucky to New Orleans.

The Rolling Stones embraced the blues as youngsters in the 1950s, and as they developed their signature style, one stop for them was the famous Chess Records studio in Chicago where their heroes had recorded.  The name of the group comes from a song by Muddy Waters.

George Thorogood
George Thorogood (1950 - ) With his group, The Destroyers, has been successful as a crossover artist.  His hits include One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer, by John Lee Hooker.

Jimmie & Stevie Ray Vaughan with
the double-neck guitar they used for duets.
Jimmie Vaughan (1951 - ) played guitar with his blues  band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and with his younger brother, Stevie Ray, before going solo.

Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954 - 1990) grew up with the blues, and followed in his brother's footsteps. He and his group, Double Trouble, had several hits, including "Texas Flood" during the 1980s.  His life was cut short by a helicopter crash in 1990.

Johnny Winter
Johnny Winter (1944 - 2014) recorded his first blues song at the age of fifteen, and his first album, at age 24, was titled The Progressive Blues Experiment.  He has continued to be a master of the blues throughout his career and collaborated with his childhood hero, Muddy Waters.  His brother, Edgar, had a hit with a 1970s heavily synthesized instrumental rock song, Frankenstein.

ZZ Top is the quintessential blues-rock band.

More Blues-Influenced Performers:
Alabama Shakes released their first album in 2011, representing the latest generation of blues-rock artistry.

The Black Crowes

The Black Keys band is at once progressive and retro, channeling blues singers, 1960s psychedelic sounds, and modern Alt-Rock styles.

Joe Bonamassa (b. 1977) is one of the few guitarists to be successful as a soloist.  He founded an organization, "Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation,"  to support music for young people, awarding scholarships for college students and grants to deserving public schools.

Robert Cray (b. 1953) is one of the enduring blues vocalist/guitarists of the current generation.  He has collaborated with Eric Clapton and many other blues masters.

For More Information Check out these books:

Blues Music in the Sixties: A Story in Black and White
ML 3521 .A34 2010

Crossroads: How the Blues Shaped Rock 'n' Roll (And Rock Saved the Blues)
ML 3521 .M56 2013

Texas Blues: The Rise of a Contemporary Sound
ML 394 .G68 2008

Journeyman's Road: Modern Blues Lives from Faulkner's Mississippi to post-9/11 New York
ML 394 .G98 2007

Russia Gets the Blues: Music, Culture, and Community in Unsettled Times
ML 3521 .U6 2004

All Music Guide to the Blues: The Definitive Guide to the Blues
Reference:  ML 156.4 B6 A45 2003

Friday, March 6, 2015

Ladies Sing the Blues

Originally a man's world, the Blues attracted female vocalists who were sometimes more popular than their counterparts.  They became stars of "urban" blues in the North, especially Harlem, and later at festivals during the revival period (1950s - 1960s).

For more information, these books are available:
http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1133974Black Resonance: Iconic Women Singers and African American Literature
PS 153 .N5 L68 2013 General Collection, Fourth Floor East

Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday, by Angela Davis
ML 3521 .D355 1998

Men are Like Street Cars: Women Blues Singers, 1928 - 1969
Compact Disc 12861

Ma Rainey (1886 - 1939) made over 100 recordings in the 1920s and 1930s, as a soloist and in collaboration with Louis Armstrong.  She toured widely and influenced a younger generation of singers, including Bessie Smith.
Mother of the Blues: A Study of Ma Rainey  ML 420 .R274 L5

Alberta Hunter (1894 - 1984) sang the blues and jazz as a soloist and in collaboration with some of the legendary men of music history. She began her career in Chicago and traveled the world entertaining the troops during World War 2.

Bessie Smith, the "Empress of the Blues."  (1894 - 1937) is considered one of the best singers of the 1920s and 1930s.  She influenced both blues and jazz singers and was the highest paid black entertainer of her day.
Song book:  Bessie Smith, Empress of the BluesM 1630.18 .S62 S6 1975

Ethel Waters (1896 - 1977) Her early career was spent in several cities and on the road, but she settled in Harlem and became one of the stars of the Harlem Renaissance.  She branched out to Broadway and other styles.  She reached wide audiences with film performances in Cabin in the Sky (1943) and Pinky (1949)

Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915 - 1973) sang religious music in a blues style, playing guitar as a young child.  Southern gospel developed on a parallel track to Blues and Jazz, and Tharpe had some crossover hits.  A postage stamp was created in her honor in 1998.

Shout, Sister, Shout!  The Untold Story of Rock-and-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe
ML 420 .T395 W35 2007

"Big Mama" Thornton (1926 - 1984) is most famous for "Hound Dog," which was covered by Elvis Presley.  She was part of the Blues Revival of the 1950s and 1960s, and performed with Muddy Waters among other Blues legends. She composed her own songs and also played harmonica.
Hound Dog: The Peacock Recordings (1952 - 1957)  Compact Disc 21374

Although Billie Holiday (1915 - 1959) titled her autobiography Lady Sings the Blues, she was more of a jazz singer, influenced by the Big Band era more than the Blues.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Black History Month: Chicago Blues

African-Americans from all over the South migrated Northward during
"The Great Migration" during the first half of the Twentieth Century.  The Illinois Central Railroad carried people from the Mississippi Delta to Memphis and then on to Chicago, where musicians played for newly employed factory workers in South Side clubs.

In Chicago, the blues grew from a soloistic medium to a group endeavor, with piano and "harp" (harmonica), and a more powerful electrified guitar often taking the place of the acoustic guitar.  There was often a saxophone in the mix.  Chicago blues greatly influenced early Rock n' Roll and Rhythm and Blues.

Muddy Waters
In 1947 Chess Records began recording blues musicians from Memphis and Chicago, including Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon. Radio play and the 1950s folk music revival disseminated the Chicago blues style around the world.  Young British musicians took to the medium and made the blues an integral part of rock 'n' roll.  The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Cream (fronted by Eric Clapton) covered many songs by Chicago bluesmen.

Chess Blues:
Compact Disc 11957

Robert Johnson, the quintessential Delta Blues musician who never actually lived in Chicago, composed "Sweet Home Chicago"  and recorded it in Texas in 1936.  It has become a standard of Chicago blues since then.  Even President Barack Obama sang it at a White House celebration of the blues (with Buddy Guy and B.B. King):

Some of the most famous performers are:

Muddy Waters (1913 or 1915 - 1983) grew up on Stovall Plantation near Clarksdale, Mississippi under the influence of Son House and Robert Johnson.  He moved to Chicago in the 1940s and his influence continues to be felt.  His first recordings were made by Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress.  In Chicago he recorded for the Chess Brothers on the Aristocrat label.  He is considered the "father" of Chicago Blues and is credited with the change from acoustic to electric guitar.  His 1950 song "Rolling Stone" inspired a young British Rock group to name themselves The Rolling Stones.

Big Bill Broonzy (1893-1958) grew up in Arkansas, across the river from the Mississippi side of the Delta.  After moving to Chicago in the 1920s, he began recording with his acoustic guitar and changed to electric in the 1940s, but played acoustic for folk music revival tours of the 1950s.  He inspired other blues musicians such as Muddy Waters, as well as early rock and roll guitarists.

  • Blue Smoke: The Recorded Journey of Big Bill Broonzy  ML 420 .B78 H68 2010
  • Big Bill Broonzy Sings Folk Songs, recorded in 1958 by Moses Asch during the folk music revival of the 1950s.  Compact Disc 6324
  • Legendary Country Blues Guitarists (two songs).  DVD Video 11591

Willie Dixon (1915 - 1992) was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi and moved to Chicago in 1936.  After World 2 he began recording for Chess Records and later became a producer for them.


Buddy Guy (b. 1936)   He was born in Louisiana and moved to Chicago in the 1950s.  He learned the blues on a diddley bow and later played guitar.   He was a session guitarist for Chess Records and broke out as a soloist in the 1980s.  Today he is one of the best-known blues musician, playing rock-tinged blues.  He has collaborated with Eric Clapton.

Albert King (1923 - 1992) was born in Indianola, Mississippi and spent part of his childhood in
Arkansas.  He moved to Chicago in the 1950s, but then left for St. Louis and finally settled in Memphis.  He influenced rock and blues guitarists alike.

In Session (With Stevie Ray Vaughan, 1983)
Compact Disc 12022

Sonny Boy Williamson (The Second) (ca. 1912 - 1965) was born Alex Miller but known as Sonny Boy Williamson despite another well-known harmonica player having the name first.  He was born in Mississippi and traveled the Delta absorbing the blues sound.  He recorded for Chess Records' Checker Records label in the late 1950s and early 1960s.   He famously recorded an album with the British Invasion rock band, The Yardbirds, which featured Eric Clapton.

The Real Folk Blues
Compact Disc 12168

A Diddley-Bow
Bo Diddley (1928 - 2008) His stage name is a play on the diddley-bow, a folk instrument associated with the blues.   He is credited with transitioning blues into the rock idiom.  He is one of the famous blues musicians to record with Chess Records.

His Best
Compact Disc 15114

For more information, check out these books:
To hear more Chicago Blues performers, check out:
Soundtrack to "Chicago Blues" (1970)

Soundtrack to "The Blues Brothers"
Compact Disc 21975

Friday, February 13, 2015

Black History Month: The Delta Blues

Mississippi Delta
(in green)
One of the quintessential and perhaps most influential styles of American music is known as "The Blues."  "The blues" denotes depression and sadness in everyday parlance, but in music it means that and much more.

After the turn of the Twentieth Century, the descendants of slaves who had worked the cotton fields of the Northwest Mississippi (The "Delta") were free to leave the agricultural life.  Many migrated North to factory jobs.  Many turned to the trades to make a living.  And some became entertainers. Musicians playing the blues could play "juke joints," street corners or house parties.  As they traveled through the South, they spread the style that would be known more generally as "the blues."  During the definitive, Depression Era, years, the guitars were acoustic, but some musicians went on to play electric guitars, developing the Chicago Blues style.

Although the musicians were typically rural farm kids, Memphis and other cities became meccas for both performing and recording.

Classic blues lyrics depicted unrequited love, poverty, or the itinerant travels of the bluesmen.  They  could also be raunchy songs about sex, which did not endear the genre to the religious communities of the South.   It was considered the "devil's music" by more proper, church-going Mississippians, and some of the lore of the Blues embraces the idea.

The Delta Blues experienced renewed interest when Alan Lomax, of the Library of Congress, and other researchers recorded folk musicians around the world.  These recordings reached as far as England, where they influenced the development of rock n' roll.  Artists such as the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton counted Delta blues musicians among their musical heroes.

For more about the Delta Blues, check out these resources:
The Hidden History of Mississippi Blues
ML 3521 .S76 2011

Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues
ML 3521 .G58 2009

The Land Where the Blues Began, by Alan Lomax
ML 3521 .L64 1993

DVDs in the Educational Technology and Resources are of Bracken Library:
Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey (Compact Discs and DVDs from the television series)

Blues Masters: The Essential History of the Blues
DVD Video 3813

Legendary Country Blues Guitarists
DVD Video 11591

Delta Blues Musicians:

Charley Patton (ca. 1890 - 1934) was one of the first Delta bluesmen to be recorded.  He influenced many of the younger generation of performers as a mentor and teacher.  Check out Screamin' and Hollerin the Blues:  Compact Disc 12986, which includes recordings from 1929-1934 and interviews.

One of the most famous of Patton's protegés was Robert Johnson (1911 - 1938).  He only made a few recordings in 1936 and 1937, but the songs are enduring classics. Eric Clapton's "Crossroads" festival is named for Johnson's song, Crossroads Blues. The complete recordings are available on Compact Disc 12686  Clapton first performed Crossroads in the 1960s while a member of the band, Cream.

Guitarists can emulate Johnson thanks to Robert Johnson: The New Transcriptions, transcribed by Pete Billmann.  Whether you read staff notation or TAB, it's all there:
M 1630.18 .J665 R6 1999

Mississippi John Hurt (1892 - 1966) was a self-taught musician who was one of the first recorded blues singers, recording a session in 1928, but his influence was more widely felt when he recorded his music at the Library of Congress in the 1960s.  His songs have been performed by modern blues and rock musicians.  For more information, check out:
Mississippi John Hurt: His Life, His Times, His Blues
ML 420 .H986 .R37 2011

"Son" House (1902 - 1988) was one of Charley Patton's protégés, and he in turn influenced Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters.    Like Mississippi John Hurt, he recorded for the Library of Congress.  His recordings continue to influence modern country, rock, and blues musicians.

Howlin' Wolf (1910 - 1976) learned to play guitar from Charley patton and he also played harmonica, Chess Records, he moved to Chicago, as did many bluesmen.  For more, see:
with Robert Johnson, Son House or other guitarists backing him.  After scoring a recording contract with

Moanin' at Midnight: The Life and Times of Howlin' Wolf
ML 420 .H72 S44 2004

Muddy Waters (1913 - 1983) began his career in the Mississippi Delta, emulating Son House and Robert Johnson.  Alan Lomax traveled to his plantation near Clarksdale, Mississippi to record his music, and from then on he became one of the biggest stars of the blues.  He was one of the first to amplify his guitar, developed a Chicago blues style.  He recorded and performed until 1982, keeping the Blues alive for younger generations.

John Lee Hooker
in The Blues Brothers movie
John Lee Hooker (1917 - 2001) was also from Clarksdale, Mississippi.  He learned the blues from his stepfather, but in the 1930s his home was Memphis, where he performed on the famous Beale Street.  He performed throughout his life, and appeared in the Blues Brothers movie, singing his hit, "Boom Boom."

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Operatic Tenors

Enrico Caruso
Traditionally, the male romantic lead in an opera is portrayed by a man with a rather high voice: a tenor.  Because of this, many tenors have become stars with international and crossover appeal.  Follow the links below to find CDs and DVDs featuring these operatic tenors:

Historic Tenors:
Carlo Bergonzi
Jussi Björling
Enrico Caruso
Nicolai Gedda
John McCormack
Richard Tear

Jon Vickers
The Three Tenors:
Domingo, Carreras, Pavarotti
Fritz Wunderlich

20th Century Tenors:
Andrea Bocelli
José Carreras
Plácido Domingo
Luciano Pavarotti

The New Generation:
Marcelo Alvarez
Lawrence Brownlee
Juan Diego Flórez
José Cura
Juan Diego Flórez
Vittorio Grigolo
Jonas Kaufmann
Ramón Vargas
Rolando Villazón

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Holocaust Memorial Day, January 27

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the survivors in the Auschwitz concentration camp on January 27, 1945.  Sadly, 6 million Jews and 5 million others were put to death by the Nazis.

Many of the prisoners who died during the War were musicians.  Their talent bought them a few years of life entertaining the Nazis, but most eventually died.  A recent CD compilation brings to life the music of these musicians as well as those imprisoned by the Allies.  The KZ Musik Project pulled together archival resources from all over Europe, including the music of both Jews and Christians who were imprisoned:

The set comprises 24 CDs  numbered Compact Disc 21627-21650.

Some composers of note:
Viktor Ullmann, 1898-1944, was a Hungarian Jew who perished at Auschwitz.  From 1942-44, he was one of the musicians who provided entertainment in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp in what is now the Czech Republic (also known as Terezin).  He had been a student of Arnold Schoenberg.

Gideon Klein, 1919-1945, was a Czech pianist and composer.  His music has been compared to that of Alban Berg.

Pavel Haas, 1899-1945, was a Czech composer who was befriended by Gideon Klein at Theresienstadt and later died at Auschwitz.  Before the war he composed film music as well as music in many other genres.

Sikmund Schul, 1916-1944.

See also:
Forbidden Music: The Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis, by Michael Haas
ML 3776 .H32 2013

Music in the Holocaust: Confronting LIfe in the Nazi Ghettos and Camps, by Shirli Gilbert
ML 3776 .G55 2005

Monday, December 15, 2014

Music for Hannukah

Hannukah music reflects the wide talents of Jewish musicians, from traditional songs about the eight-day celebration of light to modern Jewish experiences.  The Music collection includes the traditional, the wacky, and everything in-between.   Hanukkah isn't just for children anymore!  Check out the following CDs, or search the catalog for Hanukkah--Songs and Music for more recordings and song books.

(How do you spell "Hanukkah?" -- in the library catalog it's Hanukkah.  Other transliterations begin with "Ch-")

Yeshiva Boys Choir.  Chanukah
Compact Disc 20790

Mama Doni. Chanukah Fever
Compact Disc 21866

Klezmer Conservatory Band.   Oy Chanukah!
Compact Disc 18159

The LeeVees.  Hanukkah Rocks
Compact Disc 21103

Craig Taubman. Celebrate Hanukkah
Compact Disc 19317

Jewish Wedding Band.   A Child’s Hanukkah
Compact Disc 19275

Mark Rubin.  Hill Country Hannukah
Compact Disc 21104

Thursday, December 11, 2014

2015 Grammy Award Nominees - Popular & Rock

The CDs and artists on this year's Grammy nomination lists are also popular with Ball State students and staff.  If you want to listen to these albums but they're checked out, place a hold and it will be snagged for you when it is returned.  All links go to the Libraries' CardCat catalog.

Arcade Fire
http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1736798Best Alternative Music Album ("Reflektor")

Arctic Monkeys
Best Rock Performance ("Do I Wanna Know?")

Iggy Azalea
Best New Artist, Record of the Year ("Fancy"), Best Pop Duo/Group Performance ("Fancy" featuring Charli XCX)

Best New Artist

Aloe Blacc
Best R&B Album ("Lift Your Spirit")

The Black Keys
Best Rock Performance ("Fever"), Best Rock Song ("Fever"), Best Rock Album ("Turn Blue")

Brandy Clark
Best New Artist

http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1745950Cage the Elephant
Best Alternative Music Album ("Melophobia")

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance ("A Sky Full of Stars"), Best Pop Vocal Album ("Ghost Stories")

Miley Cyrus
http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1718743Best Pop Vocal Album ("Bangerz")

Best Rap Performance ("Rap God"), Best Rap/Sung Collaboration ("The Monster" with Rihana)

Ariana Grande
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance ("Bang Bang" with Jessie J & Nicki Minaj), Best Pop Vocal Album ("My Everything")

Carole King
http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1746013Best Musical Theatre Album ("Beautiful: The Carole King Musical")

John Legend
Best Pop Solo Performance ("All of Me" Live)

Best Rock Song ("Ain't it Fun")

Katy Perry
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance ("Dark Horse" featuring Juicy J), Best Pop Vocal Album ("Prism")

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1746085Best Rock Album ("Hypnotic Eye")

Robert Glasper Experiment
Best Traditional R&B Performance ("Jesus Children"), Best R&B Album ("Black Radio 2")

Schoolboy Q
http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1745951Best Rap/Sung Collaboration ("Studio" with BJ The Chicago Kid), Best Rap Album ("Oxymoron")

Ed Sheeran
Album of the Year ("X"), Best Pop Vocal Album ("X")

Record of the Year ("Chandelier"), Song of the Year ("Chandelier"), Best Pop Solo Performance ("Chandelier")

Sam Smith
http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1751655Best New Artist, Record of the Year ("Stay With Me"), Album of the Year ("In the Lonely Hour"),Song of the Year ("Stay With Me"), Best Pop Vocal Album ("In the Lonely Hour")

Taylor Swift
Record of the Year ("Shake it Off"), Song of the Year ("Shake it Off"),  Best Pop Solo Performance ("Shake it Off")

Best Rock Album ("Songs of Innocence")

Kanye West
http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1736798Best Rap/Sung Collaboration ("Bound 2" with Charlie Wilson), Best Rap Song ("Bound 2")

Pharrell Williams
Album of the Year ("Girl"), Best Pop Solo Performance ("Happy" Live), Best Urban Contemporary Album ("Girl")

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

2015 Grammy Nominees -- Classical

Many of this year's Grammy-nominated classical CDs are available from the University Libraries, either online via Naxos Music Library (log-in required from off-campus) or in the Music Collection (indicated by call number).  There are interesting selections in each category:

http://bsu.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=FR-710Best Orchestral Performance
Dutilleux: Symphony No. 1; Tout Un Monde Lointain; The Shadows Of Time / Ludovic Morlot, conductor (Seattle Symphony)  /  Label:  Seattle Symphony Media

Dvorak: Symphony No. 8; Janàcek: Symphonic Suite from Jenufa / Manfred Honeck, conductor (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)  / Label: Reference Recordings

Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 7; Tapiola / Robert Spano, conductor (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra) / Label: ASO Media
    Best Opera Recording 
    Charpentier: La Descente D'Orphee Aus Enfers / Boston Early Music Festaval / Label: CPO

    Milhaud: L'Orestie D'Eschyle / University of Michgan / Label: Naxos

    Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie / William Christie, conductor / Glyndebourne Chorus & Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment 
    DVD Video 11931  (Educational Resources Collections)

    Strauss: Elektra / Christian Thielemann, conductor / Staatskapelle Dresden / Label: Deutsche Grammophon
    Compact Disc 22049

    Best Choral Performance
    Bach:  Matthäus-Passion / René Jacobs / Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin / Label:  Harmonia Mundi
    Call Number:  Compact Disc 21799

    The Sacred Spirit of Russia / Craig Hella Johnson, conductor
    Call Number:  (still in processing)

    Best Chamber Music
    Martinu:  Cellos Sonatas Nos. 1-3; Sibelius Malinconia; Mustonen Cello Sonata / Steve Isserus & Olli Mustonen / Label:  Bis

    Sing Thee Nowell / New York Polyphony / Label: Bis

    Best Classical Instrumental Solo
    http://bsu.naxosmusiclibrary.com/catalogue/item.asp?cid=SSM1001All the Things You Are (Music for piano, left-hand) / Leon Fleisher / Label: Bridge Records
    Compact Disc 21971

    Dutilleux:  Symphony No. 1; Tout un monde lointain / Seattle Symphony, Xavier Phillips, cello / Label: Seattle Symphony Media

    Play / Jason Vieaux, guitar / Label: Azica

    Best Classical Solo Vocal Album
    Douce France / Anne Sofie von Otter / Label: Naïve

    Porpora: Arias / Philippe Jaroussky / Label: Erato
    Compact Disc 21177

    Schubert:  Die Schöne Müllerin / Florian Boesch / Label: Onyx

    Stella di Napoli / Joyce DiDonato / Erato

    Virtuoso Rossini Arias / Lawrence Brownlee / Delos

    Best Classical Compendium
    Britten to America (Radio & Theatre Music) / Label: NMC

    Best Contemporary Classical Composition
    John Luther Adams:  Become Ocean* / Seattle Symphony / Label: Cantaloupe
       *  Also awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize

    Clyne: Prince of Clouds / Jennifer Koh & Jaime Laredo / Label: Cedille

    Roberto Sierra: Sinfonía No. 4 / Label: Naxos