American Song: New Content

American Song
212 albums (4,467 tracks) from Archeophone Records, Appleseed Records, Mark Custom, Rebel, Sun, and Tompkins Square Records. Content includes new releases of bluegrass, boogie-woogie, country, traditional gospel, marching band music, and more.

New albums include:
*Fly Down Little Bird (Pete and Peggy Seeger)
*Reagan of Illinois: A Symphony to Celebrate the Centennial of President Ronald Reagan’s Birth
*Let the Light Shine Down: A Gospel Tribute to Bill Monroe
*Out on the Open West (Frank Fairfield)
*Let’s Make a Better World! Live in Leipzig (James Booker)


Alexander Street Press: New Content

2,801 albums (46,874 tracks) from a wide variety of genres and labels, including Daptone Records, JSP Records, Acrobat, GNP Crescendo, and many more. Newly released artists and ensembles include Otis Grand, Ike & Tina Turner, Eddie Dean, Bill Haley, Gene Autry, Rudy Vallee, Buddy Holly & The Crickets, Willie Nelson, Mahalia Jackson, John Denver, James Brown & The Famous Flames, The Highwaymen, and many more.

Highlights in American Song include:
*Songs of the US Army
*A Richer Tradition: Country Blues & String Band Music 1923-1937
*New York Blues & R&B 1949-1979
*Robert Johnson: The Legendary Vocalion Recordings
*Heart and Soul of Philly Groove
*Bill Haley & The Comets: High Heel Sneakers
*Gene Autry: Early Sides 1929
*Authentic Rare Bluegrass: Blue Ridge Label Sides 1951-1954
*B.B. King and his Orchestra Live

Februrary Update: New content in Alexander Street Press products

Now contains 34,112 pages.
Added 15 titles (1,317 pages) from Chelsea House Publishers, Hampton Institute Press, and David McKay, including:
* Traditional Black Music Series (13 volumes) by Jerry Silverman (sheet music including spirituals, slave songs, songs of protest and civil rights)
* Sheet music of hymns and religious folk songs published by Hampton Institute Press
* Echoes of Africa in Folk Songs of the Americas (Beatrice Landeck)

Now contains 4,058 albums and 69,026 tracks.
Added 40 albums (912 tracks) of traditional folk songs, rural blues, gospel hymns, and more. Highlights include:
* 9 volumes of traditional folk songs recorded specifically for American Song by folk singer Jerry Silverman. These folk songs were collected and published in his Folk Song Encyclopedia. These are the recordings that complement the sheet music in the Encyclopedia. Liner notes for the songs include a description of the folk song plus the complete lyrics.
* Country/rural blues from Takoma Records
* I’m Going Down to North Carolina – The Complete Recording of the Red Fox Chasers, 1928-31, from Tompkins Square Records

Now contains 4,120 albums and 63,608 tracks.
Added 258 albums (3,528 tracks) from Bridge Records, Celestial Harmonies, and Mark Custom Records plus 1,300 new compositions to the database, including wind ensemble/wind symphonies, choral music, contemporary music by Luciano Berio, David Rakowski, and more.
New albums include:
* David Rakowski: Etudes, Vol. 3
* Three Quartets: The Apollo Saxophone Quartet
* Theme and Variations: Improvisations On Children’s Songs
* H. Kling: 40 Characteristic Etudes for French Horn
* Susan Levitin, Gerald Rizze: 20th Century American Duos for Flute & Piano
* The American Impressionist Organ

Now contains 14,757 scores and 318,263 pages.
Added 205 scores (9,716 pages) from Faber Music, Ltd., and Universal Edition. New scores include compositions by Thomas Adès, Julian Anderson, Alban Berg, Victoria Borisova-Ollas, Anne Boyd, Arcangelo Corelli, Colin Matthews, Robert Schumann, Peter Sculthorpe, Carl Vine, Carl Maria von Weber, and more.

Music Online now contains:
* 254,372 tracks
* 17,644 albums
* 62,029 pages text reference
* 16,764 scores (318,263 pages)
* 407 videos

September Update: New Content in Music Online

First, a major feature of this release is that Alexander Street Press has begun offering higher bitrate streams for audio. Newly released audio will be delivered at 128kbps and 192kbps. They are investigating the option to upgrade all of their existing audio to the higher bitrates. For now, though, you can enjoy newly released audio at these higher rates.

Eight new titles (2,941 pages) from University Press of Mississippi, Harvard University Press, Columbia University Press, and Northeastern University Press. New titles include:

* Bird Lives!: The High Life and Hard Times of Charlie (Yardbird) Parker by Ross Russell
* Know What I Mean: Reflections on Hip-Hop by Michael Eric Dyson
* The New Blue Music: Changes In Rhythm and Blue by Richard J. Ripani
* Satchmo Blows Up the World: Jazz Ambassadors Play the Cold War by Penny M. Von Eschen
* Staging Race: Black Performers in Turn of the Century America by Karen Sotiropolos

African American Music Reference now has 28,608 pages of material.

114 albums (1,372 tracks) from Original Blues Classics, Biograph Records, Folk Era Records, Rebel Records, Colonial Music Institute, and Starday Records.

New material includes blues, folk song, country, and historical song from artists such as Big Joe Williams, Lonnie Johnson, Rev. Gary Davis, Mac Wiseman, Minnie Pearl, Odetta, and more. Also included in this release is a 1924 recording of George Gershwin himself playing `Rhapsody in Blue’ and many other of his famous compositions on rare piano rolls, released on Biograph Records.

Example albums include:

* Over the Hills and Far Away, Being a Collection of Music from 18th-Century Annapolis
* Lone Cat Sings and Plays Jazz, Folk Songs, Spirituals and Blues
* Odetta and the Blues; Lightnin’ Hopkins: Swarthmore Concert
* Music of the Charles Carroll Family

American Song now has 58,837 tracks.

One new title (433 pages) from Northeastern University Press: Deems Taylor: A Biography, by James Pegolotti.

Classical Music Reference Library now has 17,580 pages of material.

47 videos released from the Alive & Kicking Series, George Balanchine Foundation, and Dance On Series. New material includes:

* Interviews with Lavinia Williams, Vernon Fuquay, Shalom Hermon, Hikari Baba, Dai Ailian, Ayala Goren
* Documentaries on the Boston Dance Alliance, Prometheus Dance
* Performances of La Bayadère by the Ballet of the Teatro Alla Scala, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, Sleeping Beauty by the Royal Ballet
* Coaching excerpts from the Balanchine Foundation’s Interpreters Archive and the Archive of Lost Choreography, including Maria Tallchief coaching excerpts from George Balanchine’s `The Nutcracker’, Allegra Kent coaching excerpts from `La Sonnambula’, and Frederic Franklin recreating five female solos from `Raymonda,’ Act III.

Dance In Video now has 166 videos.

24 videos released from Opus Arte. New operas include:

* Doctor Atomic by John Adams (2007 Netherlands Opera)
* Don Carlo by Verdi (2004 Netherlands Opera)
* La Fille du Régiment by Donizetti (Royal Opera House)
* Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk by Shostakovich (2006 Netherlands Opera)
* Marco Polo by Tan Dun (2008 Netherlands Opera)
* Saint François d’Assise by Messiaen (2008 Netherlands Opera)
* Tosca by Puccini (2004 Teatro Real)
* Il Viaggio a Reims by Rossini (2005 Kirov Opera)

Opera in Video now has 132 videos (280 hours).

556 scores (15,795 pages) from Universal Edition. New scores released by composers such as Luke Bedford, Victoria Borisova-Ollas, Friedrich Cerha, Barry Conyngham, Luigi dallapiccola, Morton Feldman, Beat Furrer, Enrique Granados, Leos Janacek, Modest Mussorgsky, Erik Satie, Antonio Vivaldi, Ian Wilson, and more.

Classical Scores Library now has 13,956 scores.

African American Music database renamed American Song

We now have access to 50,000 tracks in American Song, an eclectic collection of music from Americans of diverse origins and all walks of life, from America’s past and present. The songs are by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, cowboys, and ordinary people. They touch topics as varied as Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protests, and more. And the range of genres includes country, folk, bluegrass, Western, old time, American Indian, blues, gospel, shape note singing, doo-wop, Motown, R&B, soul, funk, and others.

When using American Song, you can easily limit your search results to African American music specifically if you want to, in one of these two ways:

  1. From the top toolbar, click Browse Genres. On the search screen, select the subject category called African American Music. You can narrow further by sub-genre, ensemble, artist, etc.
  2. From the top toolbar, click either Browse Albums or Browse All Recordings. Both search screens have a box labeled “restrict results to African American content only.” You’ll see the box on the upper right hand corner of either search screen, on the upper right corner of both browses.