E-resources update : RIPM Jazz Periodicals New Journals – New Search Features

  RIPM Jazz Periodicals Now containss 119 full-text jazz journals and magazines with the addition of six new titles and one with expanded coverage: Bright Moments (Newark, NJ, 1985) Different Drummer (Rochester, NY, 1973-1975) Down Beat’s Yearbook of Swing (Chicago, IL, 1939) Expansions (New York, NY, 1971-1975) Radio Free Jazz (Washington, DC, 1975-1980) Sabin’s Radio Free Jazz! USA (Washington, DC, 1972-1975) The Second Line (New Orleans, LA, additional years 1964-2009 added)   [The new titles will be made available via iDiscover in future updates] Two new search features have also been added to the RIPM Jazz database:
  • Citation Search searches author and article title records. RIPM has created more than 138,000 citation records for titled journal content, including articles, news items, columns, sheet music, and record reviews.
  • Browse Tables of Contents permits users to view each journal issue’s author-title records. Each citation record is linked to the corresponding full-text journal page.
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First live jazz broadcast on medici.tv

University of Cambridge members and musicians enjoy access to Medici.tv, subscribed by Cambridge University Libraries for the Music Faculty.

We’re thrilled to hear that medici.tv, a few days ago, live from the Philharmonie de Paris, spent a jazzy moment in the company of the extraordinary Chucho Valdés—renowned composer, dynamite pianist, expert arranger, and legendary pioneer of Afro-Cuban jazz.

Valdés opened the festivities with an incredible solo recital, before moving on to one of his own compositions, La Creación, through which he recounts the emergence of Yoruba culture, of West African origin, in the Caribbean. 

Medici.tv has added this to Cambridge’s subscription, though it is normally only available as part of the jazz collection (which is an as-yet unsubscribed part of medici.tv).

To access the Val recording scroll down on the medici.tv home page to “must see replays” or go directly to https://ezp.lib.cam.ac.uk/login?url=https://edu.medici.tv/en/jazz/chucho-valdes-plays-la-creacion/

Trial access – Qwest TV

Trial access to Qwest TV is now active and will run until 31 December 2021.

Access is provided to you via

Direct IP access on the University Data Network (“on campus”)

Via VPN off campus

Via EZproxy off campus

(Please click ‘Sign in’ on the Qwest TV home page to gain access.)

Qwest TV is a video streaming service dedicated to jazz, soul, funk, blues, hip-hop, electronic and classical music, with access to over 1,300 concerts, interviews and documentaries. Featuring personal selections from guest curators such as Quincy Jones, Van Morrison, Chick Corea and Youssou NDour.

Please tell us what you think of this resource by completing the feedback form here. Thank you.

Qwest TV poster

E-resources update : Bloomsbury Popular Music has moved!

Bloomsbury Popular Music has migrated on to the new Bloomsbury Music and Sound platform. The previous URL for Bloomsbury Popular Music will be redirected to the new URL:

https://bloomsburymusicandsound.com (on-campus access)

https://ezp.lib.cam.ac.uk/login?url=https://bloomsburymusicandsound.com/home (off-campus access)

You can also access this digital library from the Databases A-Z or via individual title records for the 260+ e-books included in iDiscover.

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This digital library for global popular music brings together leading scholarship and interactive tools to hit the right note for research and learning. It is a resource for students across disciplines including music, ethnomusicology, the performing arts, media and communication, cultural studies, anthropology and sociology.

  • Multiple volumes from the landmark reference work, Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, with new volumes from top international contributors added regularly.
  • More than 150 volumes of the widely acclaimed 33 1/3 and 33 1/3 Global book series, providing in-depth analysis of influential albums across diverse musical eras, by artists ranging from Caetano Veloso to Public Enemy 
  • An expanding range of scholarly books from Bloomsbury’s popular music studies list, comprising edited volumes, biographies, and historical overviews 
  • An illustrated Timeline of Popular Music back to 1900, including dates of 33 1/3 series albums, plus an overview of contextual events in musical and political history, with links to relevant articles
  • An interactive World Map enables users to navigate to books and articles covering a particular country or region that is most relevant to their work
  • Artist pages including curated related content, and biographical information on hundreds of artists and musicians. The artist page biographies are written by André Diehl and Robrecht Herfkens, and will be added to the complete set of artist pages over the forthcoming content updates.

A list of the titles included in the library can be downloaded from the Bloomsbury website.

New e-resource: RIPM North American and European Music Periodicals (Preservation Series)

The RIPM North American and European Music Periodicals Preservation series collection is available to access until 30 April 2021.

Access to content in RIPM Preservation Series is based upon optical character recognition (OCR) technology. This technology transforms pictures of letters into text and consequently provides access to all words, but it does not provide information concerning the context in which the search term(s) appears.

However, the Preservation Series is quite different from the other systems of access based on OCR, because it was planned with journals rather than monographs in mind. Thus, while the Google Books and HathiTrust offer access to journals on a volume to volume basis, reflecting the holdings of contributing libraries only with little or no effort to supply complete runs, the Preservation Series simultaneously provides access to all the issues of a journal (an extensive effort in itself) and equally to all journals. Like Google Books and HathiTrust, the RIPM Preservation Series does not offer titling information or the identification of specific types of content (reviews, illustrations, poem, analysis etc.). But unlike the others, the Preservation Series:

  • allows searching of complete journal runs and cross-journal searches;
  • offers a simple downloading process for saving and printing;
  • automatically downloading of full-text pages with supplies fundamental bibliographical information (journal tile, date of publication, volume, issue, page number);
  • permits the user to make personal observations in a Notes field;
  • offers three types of sorts (chronological, density—the number of times a search term appears in an issue/ page— and journal title);
  • bibliogaphical information is supplied on each journal page viewed;
  • each journal page viewed directly from index supplies the number of “hits” and the hit currently being viewed.

Finally, when downloading a single page, the page number is automatically included. When downloading multiple pages, the user must select the page numbers, and, if desired, add further bibliographic information, such as article title and author’s name.

Text taken from the RIPM information page.

New e-resource: Medici TV

Medici.TV is now available to access for all University of Cambridge members, including access to operas, ballets, concerts, mater-classes and documentaries.

MEDICI.TV, music with vision

The world’s leading classical music channel, medici.tv has offered access to the best of classical music to viewers worldwide since 2008.

The best live events

More than 100 live events are broadcast each year, in partnership with the world’s most prestigious venues, opera houses, festivals and competitions: Berliner Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, Bolshoi Theater, Opéra national de Paris, NCPA, Glyndebourne Festival, Lucerne Festival, Verbier Festival, Salzburg Festival, International Tchaikovsky Competition, International Chopin Piano Competition, Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Competition…

The largest on demand library of classical music

medici.tv’s library features over 1,800 programs (3,000 original works), including:

  • concerts and archived historical concerts;
  • operas;
  • ballets;
  • documentaries, artist portraits and educational programs;
  • master classes.

    Classical music’s greatest artists are on medici.tv

    Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Khatia Buniatishvili, Natalie Dessay, Joyce DiDonato, Plácido Domingo, Gustavo Dudamel, Renée Fleming, Valery Gergiev, Janine Jansen, Jonas Kaufmann, Evgeny Kissin, Lang Lang, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Riccardo Muti, Kent Nagano, Anna Netrebko, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Gianandrea Noseda, Sir Simon Rattle, Anoushka Shankar, Yuri Temirkanov, Rolando Villazón, Yuja Wang… but also Claudio Abbado, Leonard Bernstein, Maria Callas, Glenn Gould, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Herbert von Karajan, Yehudi Menuhin…

    What the press is saying about medici.tv

    The New York Times: “The closest thing to a classical Netflix.”

    Forbes: “medici.tv has the largest classical music audience on the web, the only platform of that size that has the quality of content.”

    Le Monde: « Les amateurs de concerts classiques séduits par medici.tv. »
    — “Classical concert lovers are seduced by medici.tv.”

    The Washington Post: “Classical concerts on their computer? Evidently, yes.”

    The Huffington Post: “Watching Don Giovanni from the best seat in the house.”

    Elle: « Une idée de génie. »
    — “It’s a brainwave.”

    Les Échos: « La plateforme de streaming consacrée à la musique classique a signé un accord avec le prestigieux Carnegie Hall. »
    — “The online platform for streaming classical music videos has signed an agreement with the prestigious venue Carnegie Hall.”

    Libération: « medici.tv : le Carnegie Hall sur un plateau. »
    — “medici.tv: Carnegie Hall handed on a plate.”

Text taken from the Medici.TV site.

New e-resource: RIPM Jazz Periodicals

Cambridge University now has access to RIPM Jazz Periodicals.

RIPM (Le Répertoire international de la presse musicale) was founded in 1980 and has focused, until now, on periodicals that reflect the European concert tradition, producing online the Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals with Full Text, and North American and European Music Periodicals (Preservation Series, Full Text). Collectively these databases provide access to near four hundred music journals and to more than 1,150,000 full-text pages.

Just as the development of the European concert music tradition coincided with the parallel development of a related periodical literature, the same can be said of jazz. But while much attention over the past forty years has focused on preserving and making accessible periodicals dealing with the European concert music tradition, the treatment of historical jazz journals has, until today, remained conspicuously absent. With the first installment of RIPM Jazz Periodicals, RIPM brings to the fore this remarkable, often neglected documentary resource.

Historical, sociological and geographical factors (e.g., where jazz was born, race relations, its first performance venues and initial audience), did not allow for the creation of genre-specific American jazz magazines in the early years of the twentieth century. While there are some early twentieth-century American periodicals that, on occasion, treat a subject related to jazz, and, several journals dealing with jazz-precursors, [Christensen’s Ragtime Review (1914-16) and The Ragtime Review (1916-1918)], it was not until 1933 that the first fully-fledged jazz periodicals were published in United States.³ And it is during this period that American jazz magazines begin to flourish, which they have continued to do with varying degrees of success to the present day.

The periodicals in this collections cover the period from 1914 to 2006. With the earliest title being Christiensen’s Ragtime Review (1914-1916).

Image credit: ‘Jazz Saxaphone’ by Sachitha Obeysekara on Flickr – https://flic.kr/p/3gzLXw

Text from the RIPM Jazz Periodicals platform.

New e-resource: Bloomsbury Popular Music

Cambridge University members now have access to the e-resource Bloomsbury Popular Music. This digital library can be accessed from the Cambridge University Libraries A-Z or via individual title records for the 260+ e-books included in iDiscover.

This digital library for global popular music brings together leading scholarship and interactive tools to hit the right note for research and learning. It is a resource for students across disciplines including music, ethnomusicology, the performing arts, media and communication, cultural studies, anthropology and sociology.

  • Multiple volumes from the landmark reference work, Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, with new volumes from top international contributors added regularly.
  • More than 150 volumes of the widely acclaimed 33 1/3 and 33 1/3 Global book series, providing in-depth analysis of influential albums across diverse musical eras, by artists ranging from Caetano Veloso to Public Enemy 
  • An expanding range of scholarly books from Bloomsbury’s popular music studies list, comprising edited volumes, biographies, and historical overviews 
  • An illustrated Timeline of Popular Music back to 1900, including dates of 33 1/3 series albums, plus an overview of contextual events in musical and political history, with links to relevant articles
  • An interactive World Map enables users to navigate to books and articles covering a particular country or region that is most relevant to their work
  • Artist pages including curated related content, and biographical information on hundreds of artists and musicians. The artist page biographies are written by André Diehl and Robrecht Herfkens, and will be added to the complete set of artist pages over the forthcoming content updates.

A list of the titles included in the library can be downloaded from the Bloomsbury website.

New e-resource: Oxford bibliographies online – Music

Cambridge University members now have access to the Oxford bibliography online in Music.

The study of music, “musicology,” is a relatively new discipline in academe, beginning in late nineteenth-century Germany. In the second half of the twentieth century, “ethnomusicology” became a viable academic discipline spawning a scholarly literature for the study of all musics not treated by traditional (“historical”) musicology. 

Oxford Bibliographies in Music takes a pragmatic approach, based on the past and emerging literature about music: if authors have found something they define as music worthy of serious study, it is music.

Oxford Bibliographies in Music combines features of a high-level encyclopedia and a traditional bibliography in a style tailored to meet the needs of today’s online researchers. Each article, written and reviewed by top scholars in the field, is rich with citations and annotations, expert recommendations, and narrative pathways to the most important works for virtually all areas of music.

Read, annotate & share scores online – nkoda digital sheet music comes to Cambridge University

Cambridge University members can now study the hundreds of thousands of music scores online in nkoda, the digital sheet music library.

nkoda is an innovative resource for phones, tablets and desktop, that not only provides the score to read, but lets you annotate it with intuitive mark-up tools, and share working scores online.

Access is provided via Institutional sign-on which is described in the Music Faculty’s guide nkoda – Institutional Sign In Process – University of Cambridge

Scores held in libraries are made less accessible due to the pandemic, and nkoda makes a significant crescendo of increasing access to scores, and in redressing those restrictions

nkoda has been called the “Spotify of sheet music”, and currently holds upwards of 6 million pages of music with around 1,000 new titles added each month, including works which are normally only available to hire from libraries.

Scores can be downloaded and used offline and markings can be shared between users. Titles from over 100 publishers are available, including Bärenreiter, Boosey & Hawkes, Breitkopf und Härtel, Faber Music, PWM, Sikorski, Universal Music Group and Wise Music Group.

Check out the Music LibGuide for more online resources for Music. And read about more online notated music collections on the MusiCB3 Blog.

nkoda can be accessed also via the Cambridge University Libraries Databases A-Z.