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." https://liblink.bsu.edu/cgi-bin/login.pl

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: http://cms.bsu.edu/Academics/Libraries/About/HoursCalendars/OfficialHoursCalendars.aspx

While you're away, keep up with news about the library with Facebook: http://facebook.com/ballstatelibraries.

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.