Alexander Street Press: New Content

Alexander Street Press has added:
8 new videos to Dance in Video from the Balanchine Foundation and the Royal Ballet to Dance in Video.

New material includes coaching sessions and interviews with Alicia Alonso, Arthur Mitchell, Maria Tallchief, Melissa Hayden and Todd Bolender, along with performances of Ondine, The Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake with the Royal Ballet.

Dance in Video now includes 286 videos, equalling 239 hours.

9 new videos to Opera in Video:

* Acis and Galatea (Royal Opera House)
* Dido and Aeneas with Sarah Connolly (Royal Opera House, 2009)
* Falstaff (Glyndebourne, 2009)
* Hansel und Gretel (Royal Opera House, 2008)
* Salome with Maria Ewing (Royal Opera House, 1992)
* Un Ballo in Maschera (Teatro Real, 2008)
* Mad About the Opera directed by Mario Costa (Bel Canto Society, 1948)
* Great Opera Arias: A gala concert from the Royal Opera House 1996, starring Placido Domingo, Roberto Alagna, Dwayne Croft, Angela Gheorghiu, Susan Graham, and more.
* Documentary on Maria Callas from Bel Canto Society

Opera in Video now includes 157 videos, equalling 328 hours.

3,597 scores (37,325 pages) to Classical Scores Library.
New material is from A-R Editions and includes scores from the Recent Researches of the Classical Era, Recent Researches in the Music of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries, and Recent Researches in American Music.

Composers released include Armand-Louis Couperin, Johann Adolf Hasse, Ignaz Pleyel, Antonio Salieri, Giovanni Sammartini, Jan Dussek, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Charles-Marie Widor, Amy Beach, and more.

Classical Scores Library now includes 24,300 scores and 399,098 pages.

179 new albums to Classical Music Library.
The albums are from Vox Music, Bridge Records, Cantolopera, Mode Records, Newport Classic, and more.

Example of new albums include:
* Young Brendel: The Vox Years
* Katie Zhukov: Six Profiles of Australian Women Composers
* Cowell: Dancing with Henry: New Discoveries in the Music of Henry Cowell
* Gerald Finley/Stephen Ralls: Songs of Travel
* Feldman: Late Works with Clarinet
* Laurence Lesser, Haesun Paik: Beethoven, The Complete Music for Piano and Cello

Classical Music Library now includes 4,298 albums and 65,701 tracks, and is growing regularly.


Updates to Music Online platform (functionality improvements)

Highlights of the improvements include:

* PLAY, DOWNLOAD, and ADD TO PLAYLIST icons are now filled-in blue by default. This change came from customer feedback that the gray icons were confusing and difficult to see.

* SEARCH RESULT RELEVANCY has been re-worked and improved, and relevancy is now back as the default search sort.

* SEARCH RESULTS return at the parent (album) level, with relevant child (track) results underneath.

* SEARCH TERMS ARE HIGHLIGHTED and relevant metadata is returned with search results to help understand your result.

* REFINE YOUR SEARCH USING FACETS on the right hand side of the page (as opposed to the top of the page).

* SEARCH STRING is displayed at the top of the search results page with the option to remove any field (trashcan icon) to broaden your original search.

Alexander Street Launches Blog: “Music Media Monthly”

Alexander Street has announced the launch of a new music blog entitled Music Media Monthly…

Music Media Monthly covers sound recordings, music-related books, videos, and Web sites, and is designed to be a resource for music and media librarians, music students and teaching faculty, and music lovers.

Sponsored by Alexander Street and updated monthly, the blog is independently edited by Rick Anderson who is Associate Director for Scholarly Resources and Collections at the University of Utah’s Marriott Library; founder and editor of CD HotList: New Releases for Libraries; and the former editor of the “Sound Recording Reviews” column for Notes, the quarterly journal of the Music Library Association.

Anderson will write Music Media Monthly’s introductory note for each issue, as well as the Recordings column, which will cover significant new releases and reissues (both CDs and downloads), along with recommendations for related backlist titles.

Co-bloggers include:

* Steve Dankner, composer, music columnist and critic, will write the Books column.
* Anne Shelley, an assistant librarian at the University of Minnesota and the editor of the Digital Media Reviews column for Notes, will write the Videos column.
* Gene Hyde, veteran music writer ,who also writes for CD Hotlist and was previously curator of the John Quincy Wolf Folklore Collection at Lyon College, will write the Web Sites column.

Says Anderson, “This is a challenging but also an exciting time in music publishing—formats and delivery options are changing rapidly, and it’s hard to keep up with all of it. On the other hand, there have never been as many outlets and options for music content as there are today. This blog will fill a real need, I think, by focusing on music media—the best music content, regardless of format or delivery option.”