“Tracks from the Stacks” Radio Program to Debut on WPEA

Drew Gatto, Academy Music Librarian
Drew Gatto, Academy Music Librarian

Music Librarian Drew Gatto is the host of a new radio program, “Tracks from the Stacks,” set to debut on Wednesday, January 16th from 1:00 until 2:00 pm on WPEA, the campus radio station.  The program will be broadcast during the same time each Wednesday for the duration of the winter and spring terms.

Tracks from the Stacks” will feature music from the CD collection held in the Academy Library. The show will be organized around the theme of “musical connections,” wherein all of the tracks played will relate to a single theme. Drew will provide brief explanations of these connections between tracks, and playlists (including information on how to find each featured CD in the Library) will be posted online for those who are interested in further exploring the music featured on a particular show.  In addition, Circulation Coordinator Marilyn Bott will create accessible displays in the Library so that patrons can easily find CDs used during the previous week’s program. The first show will feature a tribute to the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. in anticipation of the Academy-wide celebration of his birthday scheduled for Friday, January 18th.  

Drew welcomes suggestions for future programs and hopes that you’ll join him “on the air” this month!

2010 Summer Concert Series

The Friends of the Academy Library kick off another series of summer concerts, held in the Library’s Rockefeller Hall. This year’s series consists of six free concerts held on consecutive Wednesdays, each beginning at  at 7 p.m. The first is “Paul Sullivan and Friends” on June 30th. Sullivan, a 1973 alumnus of the academy, is an accomplished pianist, composer, director, conductor and performer in jazz clubs, on- and off-Broadway theater, and in concert halls throughout the world.

All the concerts are open to the public.

You can see the entire series program below.

Dover Scores Add Choral and Orchestral Masterworks to Music Library

A Dover Edition Score

The Music Library recently acquired 201 printed study scores published by Dover Publications, Inc. The collection includes choral and orchestral pieces long considered masterworks of Western music, presented in full score from authoritative editions. The collection will assist music faculty in evaluating and selecting repertoire for performance and music appreciation coursework, and will provide direct access to a cornerstone of the musical canon for students studying musicology, composition and performance.

For many years, Dover Publications has supplied libraries and general consumers with high-quality, cost-efficient editions of musical works in the public domain. Often referred to as “thrift” editions due to their relatively low prices, these scores are reprints of time-honored European editions, including those from eminent music publishers Brietkopf & Hartel, Schott and Universal.

Although designed primarily for study and consultation, Dover scores can also be useful in rehearsal and performance settings. At the end of the Spring term, the Music Department will host a semi-staged version of the opera Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell in collaboration with the Theater Department.  Adjunct faculty member Radmila Repczynski, the rehearsal pianist for the performance, recently discovered a full score of Dido and Aeneas among the collection of new Dover volumes. She enjoyed comparing the Dover score with the King’s Edition, which will be used for the Academy’s production, noting the differences in orchestration in particular. “The King’s Edition is all in open score, which means that it contains no keyboard part that corresponds with the orchestral accompaniment,“ Repczynski explained. “The Dover edition contains a piano reduction, with the instrumental parts are essentially arranged for piano. Having this piano part available makes rehearsing with singers much easier for me.”  Repczynski added that because no written manuscript of Purcell’s original score for Dido and Aeneas has ever been located, a number of editions of the work have appeared in print over the years. First published in 1915 by British publisher Novello, the Dover edition of Dido and Aeneas is has remained a popular choice among conductors and performers due to its adaptability.

Whether comparing different editions of a work or discovering it for the first time, faculty and students will find that Dover scores offer an accessible and dependable framework for musical analysis.