Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Auld Lang Syne

Did you know that books & sheet music copyrighted before 1923 are in the public domain?  The Music Collection has some public domain material, including Sixty Patriotic Songs of All Nations, arranged by Granville Bantok (Boston, Oliver Ditson Company, 1913).  Among the gems in this anthology is the popular New Year's Eve Ballad Auld Lang Syne.  Click on the image at the right for a printable scan from this book.

Speaking of scanning, Bracken Library provides scanners in large and small formats.  Ask at the Reference Desk, Music Collection Counter, or Educational Resources Counter for assistance.  You can scan directly to your ilocker account, or save onto a flash drive in many formats, including .pdf.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Music for Winter Solstice

Winter celebrations are common to many cultures, and music is essential to celebration!   Some researchers believe the solstices have been the inspiration for rituals and believes associated with those times of the year.  The winter solstice coincides with holidays that use light in ceremonies and celebrations.

The Music Collection has CDs and sheet music to help you celebrate in style:

Celebrate the mid-winter Solstice with:
Firedance by Gaia.  Compact Disc 19342
Beautiful Darkness by Jessica Radcliffe. Compact Disc 18363
Megha Morganfield's Winter Solstice Carols.  Compact Disc 18460

If you are inclined to create your own music, try A Winter Solstice Singing Ritual: A Celebration of the Darkness and the Light with Songs and Stories.  This songbook includes a CD to help you learn the music.
M 1495 .M64 W56 2002

or... The Christmas Revels Songbook, which includes children's songs for the whole season.
783.65 C55555 (Educational Resources Youth Collection)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas!

photo of carolers in historic costumes
If you could hum the next line of that song but didn't remember the words, have no fear!  The Music Collection has song books to help you with your caroling, karaoke or Christmas joy!  Check these out:

Play-Along / Sing-Along:
MT68 .J36 V.78
A Charlie Brown Christmas
M175.5 .C53 2006
Cool Christmas
M175.5 .C66 2009
Christmas Hits (men's edition)
M1629.3.C5 C546 2008
Christmas Hits (women's edition)
M1629.3.C5 C54 2008
Christmas Carol Classics: Jazz Takes a Holiday
MT68 .J36 V.125
Christmas Standards (for male singers)
M1629.3.C5 C47 2004
Christmas Standards
M1629.3.C5 C579 2004

Songbooks without CD
Country Christmas
M1629.3.C5 C68 2006
Christmas Solos for All Ages (high voice)
M2110 .C57 2001
Christmas Solos for All Ages (medium voice)
M2110 .C571 2001
Christmas Solos for All Ages (low voice)
M2110 .C572 2001
The Definitive Christmas Collection
M2110 .D44 2004
The Ultimate Christmas Fake Book
M1629.3.C5 U48 2002

Christmas Carols
The New Oxford Book of Carols
M2085 .N49 1998
Joy of Christmas: A Selection of Carols
M2065 .J88
Noël!: Carols and Anthems
M2065.N64 H5 2000
World Carols for Choirs
M2065 .W67 2005
Penguin Book of Christmas Carols
M2065.P76 P4

Christmas Instrumentals
Sunday Morning Organist. Volume 1, Solos for Christmas
M14 .S861 2009

Monday, December 13, 2010

Interim Hours

photo of Bracken Library interior and exterior

Fall semester is winding to a snowy close.  If you're planning to be away from campus during the holiday, remember you can still access library services from home.  All you need is your BSU ID to use the databases or check your library account.  You can also use the "Ask a Librarian" service by sending an e-mail or asking a question via chat.  You can also renew books, scores, or CDs that you will need. To renew, log in to CardCat and then click on "My Account."

The Music Collection will be open all the hours that Bracken Library will be open over the break. Please be sure to return all your library material before you leave for the holidays!  For the complete schedule of hours go to the Hours & Calendars page.

While you're away, keep up with news about the library with Facebook:

Have a happy and safe Winter Break!

Friday, December 3, 2010

The Books are Back!!

All the music collection books are now back on the Lower Level. There are three new additional shelving sections and space for growth. Toward the rear of the collection we now have a little space to sit, relax, and study near the windows.

Thank you for your patience during this time.

Monday, November 15, 2010

We're Expanding!

New Shelving:  " [ " marks the spot!
You may have noticed that the transfer of printed materials from the Fourth Floor back "home" to the Lower Level has stalled for awhile.  This is because we are waiting for the installation of new shelving in the area where some listening carrels used to be.  The new shelving  will free up space to add a seating area in the far section of shelving, by the windows.

The collection has been growing, and some shelving areas had become too tight before the carpeting.  Here are some of the main areas that have been growing quite a bit:

photo of empty shelves by windows, where seating area will be
New Seating Area

Monday, October 18, 2010

Classical Music for Halloween

Many of the spooky tunes you know from years of Halloween fun are actually works by some of the world's most famous composers!  Check these out on CD from the Music Collection or stream them from Naxos Music Library:

Johann Sebastian Bach, Toccata in D Minor, BWV 565

Camille Saint-Saens, Danse Macabre

Giuseppe Verdi, Requiem (Dies Irae)

Franz Liszt, Mephisto Waltz

Modest Mussorgsky, Night on Bare (Bald) Mountain

Hector Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique (March to the Scaffold movement)

Gustav Holst, The Planets ("Mars" especially)

Charles Gounod, Funeral March of a Marionette

Orff, Carmina Burana

Edvard Grieg Peer Gynt Suite (In the Hall of the Mountain King)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Score Shelving Update

The scores are on the move, but unfortunately some of the shelving is also on the move!  Things may seem randomly out of place or they may seem to have disappeared, because we just can't reorganize everything all at once.  We hope to have the shelves back in good order soon.  As always, feel free to ask for assistance from the Music Collection staff or from the staff at the main circulation counter on the First Floor.

Thank you for your understanding as we work to improve our services.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

New! Study tables in the Music Collection

In an effort to create more study space in the library, the Music Collection will add tables in the far corner of the book stacks, near the windows. To make room, there will be some reorganization of the shelves. Unfortunately, this means moving some of the books and scores that have returned from the Fourth Floor, and a short delay in moving the rest from the Fourth Floor to the Lower Level.

Please don't hesitate to ask for help when searching for print materials in the Music Collection!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Ball State Music for Homecoming

Are you coming to campus for Homecoming? Did you forget the music for your alma mater? The Library's Archives &Special Collections area has digitized historic Ball State music for the web. Check it out:

Thursday, September 30, 2010

MLs are on the move!

Most of the scores are on hold because they need special shelving, so the night crew have been moving other areas back to the MC from their temporary quarters on the Fourth Floor.  The following are now back on the Lower Level:

  • M 1-3 (Collected Editions, 3-day reserves)
  • ML 1 - ML 178 A
  • MT (all)
  • Oversized ML & MT books
 As always, feel free to ask for help if you're unable to find something you need.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Oversized books are back!

Oversized books (kept on the low shelves in the middle of the MLs) have returned from their vacation on the Fourth Floor!  If the move seems a little scattered, it is.  The scores (M classification) require some special handling and they're on hold for now.  Fret not!  (unless you're a guitarist!)  The rest of the printed material will be back on the Lower Level soon!

Monday, September 27, 2010

MTs are back where they belong!

Jamey Aebersold vol. 84

Welcome home, Library of Congress classification MT (Music teaching & theory).  Located between the two rest rooms on the Lower Level West, the MTs include a new acquisition: The Jamey Aebersold series of play-along score/CD sets for jazz practice.  Find them at MT 68 J36.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Scores are returning home!

Music Collection shelves have been reassembled and await the return of music books and scores.  The first to arrive are the M2s and M3s, toward the far back wall.  As of today, we have the composer editions through Willaert back where they belong.  The night staff have been doing the heavy lifting, so each morning there should be more books on the shelves.

Feel free to call before deciding which elevator button to push!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Hispanic Heritage Month: Styles and Genres to Explore

Each Spanish-speaking country has its own unique styles, though there have been many instances of styles crossing borders, including many styles that became popular in the United States. Some genres originated in the United States, which of course includes some territories formerly "owned" by Spain. Puerto Ricans, who are U.S. citizens, brought Anglo influences to Puerto Rico, and island culture to the U.S. mainland. The most recent popular Hispanic genre has been attributed to Puerto Ricans: "Reggaeton," or rap/hip-hop in Spanish.

Compact Disc 12685
Some other popular styles that originated in Latin America:
mambo, a Cuban dance form made popular in the 1950s by artists such as Perez Prado, composer of the original "Mambo No. 5."

Tango, developed in Argentina and brought to a high art form by Astor Piazzola.

Mariachi, from the Southwestern U.S. and Northern Mexico (Norteña).

Corridos, story-telling songs of history and heroism.

Banda, and Conjunto,derived from polka music.

Salsa, fast-paced music from Cuba.

Latin Jazz, which synthesizes jazz and one or more Latin American genres.

You can search by country or language using the Libraries' Media Finder for World Music, or by country using the Media Finder for Musical Recordings (other than classical).

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

New Website Deisgn

Check out the University Libraries' new website:

"Research Tools"  includes links to the Libraries' catalog "(CardCat" as well as other important resources.  CardCat, WorldCat, the Music Subject Guides and the Music Databases still look and function the same as before, but navigating to them is just slightly different now.

The Music Collection page has tips and links you may find useful.  Please let us know if there's something you think we can improve!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Reference Books are Back!

Life is slowly returning to normal.  One positive sign is the return of the Music Collection Reference books to the wall behind the circulation counter.  There is a cart available for you to leave books after using them -- PLEASE DO NOT RESHELVE BOOKS!

Oversized Reference books are still on the 4th Floor - East, in the opposite corner from the part of the building occupied by the Music Collection.

Scores and circulating books are also on the 4th Floor, and will return in a few weeks.

Keep an eye on this blog for more updates, or just stop in and look around!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Welcome back!

Welcome back, fellow musicians! 

The Lower Level of Bracken Library has new carpeting, and the Ball State Libraries' website has a new design:   It's still in the try-out phase, so try it out and give us feedback on how you think it can be improved.  There is a section for the Music Collection:  Feel free to e-mail me personally about that section!

Books and printed music are still on the Fourth Floor, in the opposite corner from the Music Collection.  We hope that they will be coming downstairs soon.


Monday, August 9, 2010

Carpeting Project Update

The new carpet has now been laid throughout the Lower Level West, but things still aren't quite back to normal.  CDs are available from the Music Collection counter, but everything else is still waiting for crews to bring them back.  Scores and books remain on the 4th Floor East for now.

As always, let us know if there's any way we can be of assistance:  765-285-8188

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Carpeting Project Update

Hello everyone

The long-awaited recarpeting of the Lower Level has begun, and things look very different this week!  Computers and book shelves are gone, as are the listening carrels.  Music Collection books and scores are still on the Fourth Floor East, and Music Collection CDs will continue to be available.  There may be a day or two when you may have to ask for CDs at a different service point, but don't let that stop you. Signage in the Lower Level Lobby will direct you to the appropriate place.

My temporary office is BL 302, a study room near the West elevators. There's no phone but you can still use the MC phone numbers to reach the MC: 785-8188 (MC counter) or 785-5065 (my phone). Jason Smith, Kevin Blue, and I will continue to have computer access throughout the process, so e-mail is probably the best way to reach us:,,

For immediate assistance you can call the main Reference Desk: 785-1101 any time that Bracken Library is open.

For those of you who are enjoying a well-deserved rest and can't come in to enjoy the wide open spaces, I've taken some pictures:

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Music for 4th of July

America's national anniversary is often celebrated with music for the occasion. Wind bands or orchestras play outdoor concerts, and singers will cross their usual genre distinctions to celebrate American values. Some of the music for this holiday comes from the classical repertoire: Tchaikovsky's "1812" Overture being the most famous example. American compoosers whose music is often featured include Aaron Copland, Morton Gould, and Leonard Bernstein.

Some CDs to help you celebrate:

Friday, June 18, 2010


Juneteenth is a celebration of the ending of slavery in the United States.  Although the Emancipation Proclamation officially ended slavery on January 1, 1863, word didn't reach many slaves in the South until after the end of the Civil War in 1865.   Slaves of Galveston, Texas learned of the proclamation on June 19, 1865, and this became the date for anniversary celebrations thereafter.  At first, it was commemorated only in Texas, but the date has achieved significance in more and more places, and today is an official or unofficial holiday in many U.S. states.  Muncie first celebrated Juneteenth in 2003.

While slavery defined the black experience in America before 1865, the fight for justice and civil rights continues to this day.  Music gave slaves and civil rights workers a soundtrack to inspire and to soothe.  You can mark Juneteenth by listening to spirituals, which expressed the feelings of slaves and in some cases sent coded messages along the Underground Railroad. 

After Emancipation, groups of newly-freed slaves from black colleges, such as the Fisk Jubilee Singers, took spirituals and other styles on the road to raise awareness of black musical culture and of Fisk Jubilee Singers, with their conductor

In the Twentieth Century, many notable musicians worked for justice and equality, though it didn't always come through in their music.  They used their fame to draw attention to important causes and to highlight situations that white Americans may not have known about.  The civil rights movement's two famous songs are "We Shall Overcome," and "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing," by James Weldon Johnson & J. Rosamund Johnson. It is considered by many to be the "Black National Anthem."

For CardCat listings of recordings by of some of these musicians, follow the links below:

Paul Robeson

Marian Anderson

William Grant Still (composer)

Harry Belafonte

Miles Davis


Curtis Mayfield

Nina Simone

Bernice Johnson Reagon

photo of Marian Anderson singing at the Lincoln Memorial
Marion Anderson

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Flag Day: June 14

Painting of famous Iwo Jima flag-raising photoJune 14  is "Flag Day" a commemoration of the day in 1777 when the Second Continental Congress adopted the stars & stripes as the official flag for the new country.  The date wasn't celebrated until World War I, when President Wilson established June 14 as Flag Day Since then, Americans have been encouraged to fly the flag for the entire week that includes June 14, and many communities hold celebrations or parades.

Star Spangled Banner lyrics in Scott's handThe most famous song about the flag is the Star Spangled Banner, which tells the story of the flag that flew during the Battle of Fort McHenry.  Francis Scott Key wrote the words and set them to a pre-existing melody, Anacreon in Heaven. It has been America's National Anthem since 1931. The original hand-written copy of the lyrics (left) is owned by the Library of Congress.  

The official march of the United States is also about the flag:  The Stars and Stripes composed in 1896 by Marine Band conductor and leader, John Philip Sousa (right).  It was designated the official march in 1987.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

4th Floor Update

photo of student assistants with loaded book cartsBracken Library student assistants (and some full-time staff) have been busy for weeks moving the Music Collection print resources to the 4th floor in preparation for Lower Level recarpeting.  All the MLs are now on the 4th floor, and the MTs are almost all there.  The last books to be moved will be the reference collection.

To get to the temporary location:
  • Where you used to go down, go up!
  • Where you used to turn left, turn right!
  • Where you used to turn right, turn left!
Then you should start to see some signs!
photo of sign pointing to temporary shelvesphoto of aisle with sign to right on wall and shelves to left with call numbers near the top of each end panel

...and remember shhhhhhhh The 4th Floor is a Quiet Zone.   No singing!!!

photo of signs saying Quiet Zone

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Update: The Scores are now all on the 4th Floor!

All the scores (a.k.a. sheet music) have now been moved to the Fourth Floor. These are identified by call numbers beginning with the letter "M," followed by a number (vs. ML, which are books). The regular-sized scores are at the beginning, followed by the Oversized items and then the miniature scores. CardCat indicates whether a score is Oversized or Miniature in the detailed view under "material:"

 ******  As always, feel free to ask for assistance. ******
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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

June: Gay and Lesbian Pride Month

photo of John Cage and Merce CunninghamWhat began as a single day of pride commemorating the Stonewall Riots of 1969 that sparked the Gay Liberation Movement has grown to a whole month: In 2000, June was designated an official month of celebration and memorials.

Music wasn't as integral to this movement as it was to the Civil Rights movement, but the movement did impact scholarship and creativity in music. Long-dead composers whose private lives remained private have been "outed" and some living musicians have declared their sexual orientation publicly.

"Queer" theory has played a role in recent music scholarship, and sexual identity has become a topic of scholarly inquiry in music:

Queering the pitch: the new gay and lesbian musicology
ML 55 .Q44 1994

Queer Noises: Male and Female Homosexuality in Twentieth Century Music by John Gill
ML 63 .G49 1995

Songs in Black and lavender : race, sexual politics, and women's music, by Eileen Hayes
ML 82 .H42 2010
Album Cover of Gay American ComposersAlbum Cover of Lesbian American ComposersSeveral of the Twentieth Century's top composers were gay. You can hear the variety of styles they represented on Compact Disc 4419, Gay American Composers and Compact Disc 4904, Lesbian American Composers

Friday, May 28, 2010

Songs for Racing Fans

The Indy 500 is two days and 70 miles away. Here are some song suggestions to set the tone:

One of the best known early car songs comes from the 1930s: "Terraplane Blues" by Robert Johnson Nobody remembers the car anymore, but Robert Johnson is still revered as possibly the best blues artist ever recorded, and this song is one of his signature songs.

1935 Hudson Terraplane
From the 1950s:
Chuck Berry, No Particular Place to Go

From the 1960s:
Beach Boys: 409, Fun Fun Fun, and Little Deuce COupe
Jan & Dean: Dead Man's Curve
Ronny & the Daytonas Little G.T.O.

1961 Chevy Impala 409
From The 1970s:Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen: Hot Rod Lincoln
Janis Joplin: Mercedes Benz
War: Low Rider
Blackfoot: The Highway Song

Low Rider Car

From the 1980s & later:
Gary Numan: Cars
Queen I'm in Love with My Car
Bruce Springsteen's Cadillac Ranch
Or you could just check out the music of The Cars.

For fun reading, check out this list of the 100 Greatest Car Songs.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

We're Moving!!! (Temporarily)

Due to an upcoming carpeting project, Music Collection materials and equipment are being moved around. Services will continue as usual throughout the summer, but we may have to do some creative work-arounds. Please bear with us!

Some of the audio listening carrels have been dismantled, but you can still use other listening carrels (behind the glass wall) for reserve listening. Just ask at the service counter if you have any of empty space where carrels used to be

Books and scores are already being moved to their temporary quarters on the fourth floor. The M2s and M3s are already there! Check for them in the Northeast corner of the Fourth Floor, just past group study rooms 409 and 410.

Research Help by Appointment

If you missed out on last week's research refresher sessions, you can still brush up on your research skills with a one-on-one research consultation. I can help you get started on your term paper research or direct you to more fruitful sources if you've gotten stuck. Summer goes by so fast! Don't let rusty library skills delay your term paper research!

Contact me to set up a time to meet and I'll be happy to help you.

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photo of Amy Edmonds