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From the Stacks: So Many Resources

    Friday, September 12th, 2014

Sometimes the amount of materials the library offers a music student can be overwhelming. With about 45,000 scores, 30,000 audio recordings, and 20,000 books on music, it can be challenging to find what you are looking for. Here are a few tips that can help you narrow your search in the library catalog:

*Limit by format – only want to look at scores? Click “Music Score” before you search.

*Search an exact phrase – put quotation marks around song titles in a keyword search: “voi che sapete” (great for finding songs or any work published in an anthology or on a compilation recording)

*Search by author – enter the composer’s name as an author

*Search by subject – find pieces with specific instrumentation by using Library of Congress subject headings: Woodwind quartets (Saxophones (4)) will show you scores and recordings of saxophone quartets

Naxos September Playlist

    Friday, September 12th, 2014

Naxos Music Library has posted a playlist for the month of September exploring the theme “Fiery Fiestas and Summer Siestas.” Click here to enjoy this Latin-focused playlist featuring Golijov, Rodrigo, Ginastera, and more. (More info at/credit to:

New Videos Added to CMV: Horowitz, Kronos Quartet, von Otter, and more

    Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

About 75 new video titles are now available in Classical Music in Video! Among these titles are:

Anne Sofie von Otter: A Northern Star - performance clips of and interviews with and about this famous mezzo-soprano

Gidon Kremer: Man of Many Musics (First Come the Sounds) - documentary by director Christopher Nupen

Robert Schumann, Kinderszenen, Op. 15 - 1982 performance by Vladimir Horowitz

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 36 - 1982 performance by Vladimir Horowitz

Kronos Quartet: In Accord - performances by and interviews with members of the versatile string quartet

Richard Strauss: Symphonia domestica op. 53 (1903) - Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch

Search for more music resources using the library’s online catalog

Over 400,000 Tracks Added to Jazz Music Library

    Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Here are some new additions to Jazz Music Library, the library’s streaming audio databases of jazz music:

  • Songs by Count Basie, Ahmad Jamal Trio, Bix Beiderbecke, King Oliver, Sidney Bechet, Zoot Sims, Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, and more
  • Vintage Music, Jazz Hour, Jazz Compass, Past Classics Jazz, Unique Jazz, Swing Records, Pacific Coast Jazz, and other great labels
  • New and expanded subgenres including New Orleans jazz, acid jazz, soul jazz, and cool jazz


RISM Updates its Catalog

    Monday, April 14th, 2014

The Repertoire International de Sources Musicales (RISM) project has updated its website with a new catalog search. RISM is the world’s recognized authority on documenting primary sources in music (manuscript and printed music, libretti, and writings about music) and where those sources live (libraries, archives, private collections, etc.). RISM’s catalog is free to use. Visit this site for more information about RISM and its recent updates.

Helen Keller, Beethoven, and the NY Philharmonic

    Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Here’s a guest blog post by Helen Keller! This is an excerpt of a heartwarming letter she wrote after “hearing” a 1924 radio broadcast of Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9, performed by the New York Philharmonic with Walter Damrosch at the helm. Behold the power of primary sources!

“… As I listened, with darkness and melody, shadow and sound filling all the room, I could not help remembering that the great composer who poured forth such a flood of sweetness into the world was deaf like myself. I marvelled at the power of his quenchless spirit by which out of his pain he wrought such joy for others—and there I sat, feeling with my hand the magnificent symphony which broke like a sea upon the silent shores of his soul and mine.”

You can read the entire letter over on the site Letters of Note.

Featured Resource: RILM Abstracts

    Thursday, March 20th, 2014

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature is a music bibliography of citations, abstracts, and indexes. It covers traditional music, popular music, and classical music, and respresents disciplines like musicology, ethnomusicology, pedagogy, psychology, anthropology, sociology and others. It indexes journal articles, but RILM also gives you information about books on music, conference proceedings, and dissertations, as well as internet resources, sound recordings, and movies. And like other library databases, you can access RILM whenever you want, wherever you have an Internet connection. Enjoy!

New Scores

    Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Select new scores in Milner’s collection:

Solo piano / Philip Glass - M22 .G5115 S65 1991b

Capriccio strumentale: fur Violine, Viola und Violoncello, op. 19 / Fritz Leitermeyer - M351 .L48 op.19 (miniature score)

Album of pieces for four string basses / Brahms … [et al. ; transcribed and edited by] Carolyn White - M453 .A43 1998

Elegy and dance : for small orchestra / D. Jenni - M1045.J515 M9 1977b

Autobiography : for band / Robert Russell Bennett - M1245.B45 A9

Akhnaten : an opera in three acts / Philip Glass - M1503.G56 A4 1983

Neruda songs : for mezzo-soprano and piano / Peter Lieberson - M1614.L73 N4 2011

The library wants to hear purchase requests from you! E-mail the music librarian at or fill out this online form:

New Videos in Classical Music in Video

    Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

56 more hours of documentaries, performances, and masterclasses from CLC Productions, Glyndebourne, C Major, Masterclass Media Foundation, and Mode Records has been added to Classical Music in Video.

Some of the new videos are Sondheim’s Company, Wiegenmusik (piano work by Helmut Lachenmann), Follies in Concert, Scarlatti’s Stabat Mater, Webern’s Quatuor a cordes, and I am Lost to the World (a documentary about conductor Carlos Kleiber). There are hundreds of hours of other performances and masterclasses in Classical Music in Video — access the database and other online music resources 24/7 from Milner’s website.

New Player for Naxos Music Library

    Saturday, February 1st, 2014

Naxos has leveled-up with its new audio player! It’s a definite improvement in several ways:

  • The new player was built in HTML5 instead of Flash, which means you can open it in the browser on your mobile device if you don’t feel like using the NML app, or if the app isn’t available for your device
  • You can see more metadata for each track than you could before — full titles of works and their movements
  • You can adjust the size of the player window

Visit Naxos Music Library anytime through Milner Library:…

Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013

    Monday, December 9th, 2013

Learn more about the long life of celebrated revolutionary and former South African president Nelson Mandela by checking out one of the library’s films. View the list in our catalog.

Sony Classical Catalog Now Available Through Naxos Music Library

    Monday, November 18th, 2013

This is kind of old news at this point, as Naxos announced this exquisite content addition in September. BUT, better late than never, right? Sony Classical recordings are trickling into our subscription of Naxos Music Library by the hundreds, and eventually several thousand tracks from this celebrated label will be available as streaming audio from Milner Library.

Other notable recent additions to Naxos Music Library include the catalogs of Harmonia Mundi and RCA.


Pew Research Center: Posting Videos Online is a Fast-Growing Trend

    Monday, October 28th, 2013

The Pew Research Center has released a report that reveals the growth in the number of adults who upload, view, and download web videos.

–31 % upload videos to the web, compared to 14% in 2009

–78 % watch videos online or download them

–comedy and educational videos are the most-viewed types of online video

Read the full report here!

Saving Our Heritage for the Next Generation

    Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

A/V materials are important, and UNESCO thinks so, too! Celebrate World Day for Audiovisual Heritage on October 27!

You Stream, I Stream, We All… You Get the Idea

    Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Start the school year off right by listening to some top-notch concerts and musicians through one of the library’s new streaming video databases, Classical Music in Video. Today let’s check out a 2010 performance of J.S. Bach’s French Suite No. 6 in E major by pianist Andras Schiff.

20 Worst Classical Album Covers Ever

    Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Classic FM decided it knows about the 20 worst classical album covers ever created. Are there any you think are missing from this list?

New Music Database: Classical Music in Video

    Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Milner Library now subscribes to the streaming video database Classical Music in Video. The database is available to Illinois State University faculty, staff, and students on and off-campus at this URL:…, or through the library’s list of music databases.

Classical Music in Video includes streaming video performances of major orchestral and vocal works, chamber music, and solo performances. The recordings range from a number of historical performances (Bernstein TV broadcasts from the 1950s) to current performances by leading ensembles (Berliner Philharmoniker, Staatskappelle Dresden, Monteverdi Choir, The English Concert, Kronos Quartet) and artists/conductors (Abbado, Barenboim, Masur, Ozawa, Rattle, etc.). Examples of titles in the collection include the Cardiff Singer of the World competitions, Andre Previn’s Music Night; BBC Proms concerts; John Cage’s 49 Waltzes for the Five Boroughs; George Crumb’s Makrokosmos I & II; Great Conductors of the Third Reich: Art in the Service of Evil; and Xenakis: String Quartets. Classical Music in Video also includes the full run of video masterclasses produced by the Masterclass Media Foundation. The series features artists like Thomas Quasthoff, András Schiff, Maxim Vengerov, Bernard Haitink, and Simon Carrington.

Instructors can embed video or link to videos in their ReggieNet courses. It is also possible to create playlists of videos and make your own clips of videos.

If you have any questions about Classical Music in Video, please contact the music librarian at  anne.shelley at

            iBrowsing the DVD Collection

                Monday, April 22nd, 2013

            Milner’s DVD collection is located in the multimedia center, in the northeast corner of the library’s main floor. Even though you can browse the DVDs on the shelves, we know that sometimes it can be tricky to find a movie to watch if you’re not quite sure what you want to see. Now you can browse our catalog of popular films on an iPad, which is set up on a pedestal and located by the browsing books section next to the circulation desk. You can sort by different columns: the movie’s title or director, the year it was released, or the genre (drama, romantic comedy, etc.). The iPad will also tell you the movie’s call number so you can go find it on the shelf in the multimedia center.

            App of the Week: Naxos Music Library

                Monday, April 15th, 2013

            Did you know there is a mobile app available for Naxos Music Library? Listen to all your streaming audio reserves or other required listening on the go by installing the NML app — it’s free and available for iPhone, iPad, and Android. You will need to create your own student playlist account to use the app. Once you’re logged in, you can access your private playlists, playlists that your professors have created, or you can search and play the entire NML database! As always, contact Anne Shelley, music librarian, if you have any questions.

            Jazz Appreciation Month

                Thursday, April 11th, 2013

            April is Jazz Appreciation Month! Celebrate with Ella, Miles, Cole, Sonny, and more with Milner’s subscription Jazz Music Library.

            App of the Week: Evernote

                Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

            One of the most useful things that mobile devices and tablets can do for you is let you take notes and organize them as digital files. That way, you don’t have to haul around a notebook or binder and try to keep track of all the different hand-written notes you take in meetings or in class.

            Evernote is an app that lets you take notes in different ways and with different mediums–text, photo, voice memo, or scribble with your finger–and save it to a master document in the cloud. You can edit the note from any device or computer that has Evernote installed.

            This app is available for so many devices, and it has a free version, you don’t have any excuses to not use it. Enjoy!

            New Music Added to Jazz Music Library

                Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

            Jazz Music Library recently added 14 new albums to its collection. Check out the new tracks here: As of this update there are 10,756 albums, equaling 133,668 tracks or 8,209 hours of music in Jazz Music Library.

            Grammy Winners Among Us

                Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

            So, the Grammys happened this past weekend. Did you know Milner has some of the winning albums/tracks in its collection? Here they are:

            Best Classical Instrumental Solo: Music for Viola (Audio CD M47 .K877 J4 2012)

            Best Classical Vocal Solo: Poèmes by Renée Fleming (Audio CD M1613 .F63 2012)

            Best Choral Performance: Life & Breath by René Clausen (Available online through Naxos Music Library)

            Best Classical Compendium: Penderecki: Fonogrammi; Horn Concerto; Partita; The Awakening Of Jacob; Anaklasis (Available online through Naxos Music Library)

            Album of the Year: Babel by Mumford & Sons (Audio CD M1630.18 .M8837 B3 2012)

            Best Pop Vocal Album: Stronger by Kelly Clarkson (Audio CD M1630.18 .C5565 S7 2011)

            Best Rock Album: El Camino by the Black Keys (Audio CD M1630.18 .B5776 C3 2011)

            Best Alternative Music Album: Making Mirrors by Gotye (Audio CD M1630.18 .G68 M35 2012)

            Happy birthday, Dave Brubeck

                Thursday, December 6th, 2012

            Yesterday the world lost notable jazz musician and composer Dave Brubeck, just one day shy of his 92nd birthday. You can celebrate Dave’s birthday today and the marvelous gifts he gave us over the years by going to Jazz Music Library and enjoying some of his greatest standards: Take Five!, The Duke, and In Your Own Sweet Way.


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