Music for France


In light of the terrible events in Paris, France this past Friday, we at the Parsons Music Library have decided to share some music selections in solidarity with the people of France (and the victims of violence all over the world).

Many people have found ways to pay musical tribute to Paris, here are just a couple of lovely examples:

A man traveled to the Bataclan to play John Lennon’s “Imagine” near the site of one of the attacks. Read more from a Rolling Stone article here:

The Metropolitan Opera in New York City paid tribute on Saturday with a rendition of the French National Anthem “La Marseilles”. Here’s a New York Times blog post with more info:

You can pay the Music Library a visit and get many CDs featuring French music in all sorts of genres as well — here is a small sampling:

The Voice of the Sparrow: The Very Best of Edith Piaf
Edith Piaf cd

Indispensible Django Reinhardt
Django Reinhardt CD

Salute To France
Salute To France

Debussy: Great Orchestral Works
Debussy CD

French Flag

New CD’s added in October!

New CDs for October 2015


J.B. Cramer – Studio Per Il Pianoforte (84 Etudes in Four Books)
Brahms & Reger – Sonatas For Clarinet And Piano
William Lawes – The Royal Consort
Jane Austen Entertains – Jane Austen Entertains: Music From Her Own

Jane Austen’s Favourite Music – Jane Austen’s Favourite Music: Songs, Piano & Chamber Music from Jane Austen’s Own Music Collection
Jane Austen Piano Favourites – Jame Austen Piano Favourites
Entertaining Miss Austen – Entertaining Miss Austen
The Flautadors Recorder Quartet – Cynthia’s Revels
Alan Feinberg – Fugue State
Chou Wen-Chung – Eternal Pine

Jane Austen Entertains


Thomas Arne- Artaxerxes
Mary Jane Newman – Jane’s Hand: The Jane Austen Songbook
Loyset Compere – Compere: Magnificat, Motets & Chansons



Peggy Lee – Miss Peggy Lee
Harry Nilsson – The Point
Harry Nilsson – Pandemonium Shadow Show, Aerial Ballet and Arial Pandemonium

Harry Nilsson – Nilsson Schmilsson
The Honey Dewdrops – Silver Lining
Now That’s What I Call New Wave 80s – Now That’s What I Call New Wave

Nilsson Schmilsson


Herbie Hancock Septet – Herbie Hancock Septet Live at the Boston Jazz

Sam Most – From The Attic of My Mind
Terell Stafford – Brotherlee Love: Celebrating Lee Morgan
Jule Styne – Scott Hamilton Plays Jule Styne
Fred Hersch – Solo
Lafayette Harris Jr. – Trio Talk
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis – Live In Cuba
Charlie Haden – Tokyo Adagio
Eric Alexander – The Real Thing

Trio Talk - Lafayette Harris, Jr.

World/Folk Music

Music Rough Guides – The Rough Guide to the Best Arabic Music You’ve Never

The Moving Violations – Faster Than A Walk: New England Contra

Marti Nikko & DJ Drez – Dreaming In Sanskrit
The Best Arabic Music You've Never Heard

Electronic Music

Bang On A Can All-Stars- Field Recordings

Field Recordings - Bang On A Can All-Stars

In the mood for something spooky?

Jack O Lanterns

It’s late October and many folks around campus may well be looking for fun things to help them get into the Halloween “spirit”.

Maybe you’re tired of the usual suspects like “Ghostbusters“, “Thriller” or “The Monster Mash” and want to branch out? (All of the aforementioned songs, incidentally, are available to check out on CD here.)

Well, the Music Library can definitely help you get your spooky on, if you are so inclined!

For example, we have quite a few film soundtracks that could spice up your Halloween listening:

Bernard Hermann‘s soundtrack to the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock classic film Psycho might fit the bill (just stay away from the shower!)

Psycho soundtrack CD cover

We also have other cool film soundtracks like Max Steiner‘s score for the 1933 film King Kong

King Kong soundtrack CD

And CD compilations like The Definitive Horror Music Collection which has horror movie music selections dating from 1922 to 2009.

The Definitive Horror Music Collection CD set

In addition to film soundtracks we have some movie musicals that might make good seasonal viewing such as the adaptation of Stephen Sondheim‘s bloody good melodrama Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd film poster

or the sci-fi/rock craziness of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Rocky Horror Picture Show

You can also go DIY with Rocky Horror and check out sheet music with an accompaniment CD if you’re feeling especially Time Warp-y!

Rocky Horror Vocal Selections

You can also thrill to the ghostly sounds of the theremin — an electronic musical instrument that is controlled without physical contact. It was/is often featured in sci-fi and horror movies like The Day The Earth Stood Still. (Fun fact: Bernard Hermann did the music for this film as well!)

The Day The Earth Stood Still soundtrack

We have a cool documentary about the stranger-than-true story of the theremin that can be checked out, as well as an assortment of CDs that feature the instrument.

Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey

In a classical vein (pun totally intended) you can find recordings of things like Berlioz‘s Symphonie Fantastique, Saint-Saens’ Danse Macabre or Mussorgsky’s Night On Bald Mountain in a variety of formats (LP, CD, streaming) for your seasonal delectation and delight.

Danse Macabre

We even have sound effects CDs to help you create your own spooky atmosphere at Halloween parties.


So why not pay us a visit and check out some Halloween fun? We’re dying to see you! *rimshot*

Halloween Music Collection - Midnight Syndicate

Richmond Folk Festival

Richmond Folk Festival Poster 2015

This year’s festival poster was created by RVA’s own Bizhan Khodabandeh

The Richmond Folk Festival has brought world class musicians to the City of Richmond since 2005.    It is a FREE event and attracts thousands of people to Richmond’s riverfront (Brown’s Island and environs)  to celebrate the richness and diversity of America’s culture through music, crafts, dance, storytelling and food. It also provides an excellent opportunity to experience music and performances that are not commonly seen in Virginia and to appreciate different musical styles.

This year’s festival takes place October 9th-11th and features an amazing mixture of performers such as:

DJ Grandmaster Flash

DJ Grandmaster Flash

Hip hop legend DJ Grandmaster Flash from New York, NY, best known for “The Message” and his work with the Furious Five. (We have several CDs, DVDs, and other resources featuring his work or information about it in our collection.

Cambodian American Heritage Dance Troupe

Cambodian American Heritage Dance Troupe

The Cambodian American Heritage Dance Troupe will perform in elaborate costumes with traditional instrumental accompaniment. You can find assorted resources to help you learn more about Cambodian classical music and dance in the library and online.

Feedel Band

Feedel Band

Feedel Band, an Ethio-jazz band from Addis Ababa via Washington, D.C. Ethio-jazz is a fusion of traditional Ethopian music with jazz, funk, soul and Latin rhythms.

Grupo Rebolu

Grupo Rebolu

Grupo Rebolu is an Afro-Colombian ensemble that plays a mix of indigenous, African and modern instruments and sings in Spanish. Their music is rooted in traditions of the Caribbean coast of Colombia and dancing is encouraged!

The Alt

The Alt

If you’re into Celtic music you can see performances by The Alt, a trio of master Irish musicians. The group takes its name from The Alt, a storied glen on the slopes of Knocknarea in County Sligo, said to be the final resting place of the ancient Irish warrior-queen Maeve.

In honor of the Richmond Folk Festival (and in case you can’t make it since it’s happening during Fall Break), the Parsons Music Library has created a small exhibit featuring examples of the types of music that you can find at the Folk Fest this year as well as some examples of specific performers that will be attending.   Items include books, CDs and DVDs. You can check out the exhibit in the library through the end of October.

We also have an assortment of streaming audio from musicians participating in the folk festival that can be accessed if you are a UR Student, Faculty or Staff Member. You will need to sign in with your UR email address and password to access most of our streaming content.

The Campbell Brothers - Sacred Steel

The Campbell Brothers – Sacred Steel On Tour

Sacred steel is a musical style and African American gospel tradition that developed in Pentecostal churches during the 1930s. Per the Richmond Folk Festival’s website: “Named for the metal bar – often made of steel – that players slide over strings to vary the pitch of notes, steel guitarists have provided the driving musical force for spirit-filled church services for nearly eighty years. The signature sound remains one characterized by single-note passages that uncannily imitate African American vocal styles. This unique musical tradition, rarely heard outside the church before the early 1990s, has since captivated the ears of the nation and world. Among the finest ambassadors of sacred steel are the Campbell Brothers.”

Here is a link where you can hear some of their music:

Shemkia Copeland

Shemekia Copeland

Schooled in Texas blues by her father and raised in Harlem, Shemekia Copeland creates music that reflects gritty urban realities and weaves together blues, soul, and rock and roll.

Here’s a link to some streaming audio of her for you to enjoy:

You can also have a listen to streaming audio by artists like rockabilly icon Sleepy LaBeef or out of this world big band free jazz groups like the Sun Ra Arkestra (which bears the name of its founder and bandleader, Sun Ra, who named himself after Ra, the Egyptian God of the Sun, and claimed to be from Saturn!).

The Richmond Folk Festival offers something for everyone and is well worth investigating further either by attending the FREE event yourself or by visiting the music library to learn more about resources that we offer relating to it!

Richmond Folk Festival Logo

Happy Birthday, Julie Andrews!

"Julie Andrews Park Hyatt, Sydney, Australia 2013" by Eva Rinaldi from Sydney Australia - Julie Andrews. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Commons -,_Sydney,_Australia_2013.jpg#/media/File:Julie_Andrews_Park_Hyatt,_Sydney,_Australia_2013.jpg

“Julie Andrews Park Hyatt, Sydney, Australia 2013″ by Eva Rinaldi from Sydney Australia

Today (October 1, 2015) is Dame Julie Andrews‘ 80th birthday!

Julie Andrews (née Julia Elizabeth Wells) was born in 1935 in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England.

She is probably best known today for her roles in the 1964 Walt Disney film Mary Poppins and for the 1965 film production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound Of Music. 

In addition to these classics, which are both available to borrow at the MRC in Boatwright Memorial Library,  the Music Library has some other items featuring Julie Andrews that are worth a look.

Julie Andrews - "Don't Go In The Lion's Cage Tonight"


Don’t Go in the Lion’s Cage Tonight is new addition to our collection.   It’s a reissue of a 1962 album of “Heartrending Ballads & Raucous Ditties” in British Music Hall style.

We also have vocal scores and cast recordings of some of her London and Broadway stage shows such as My Fair Lady and Camelot

My Fair Lady - Original London Cast Recording

Camelot - Original Cast Recording


The Music Library also has an assortment of DVDs featuring Julie Andrews like her last screen musical, Victor/Victoria  or the documentary series Broadway: The American Musical, in which she serves as host.


Broadway: The American Musical

These items and many more fabulous resources are available for you to check out now at the Music Library, so come see us!

New CD’s added this month!

For August and September 2015


International Double Reed Society – 25th Anniversary
Marisa Robles – Harp Concertos
Mieczysław Weinberg – Mieczysław Weinberg
Alvin Singleton – Sweet Chariot
Kenneth Tse – Kenneth Tse, soprano saxophone
Georg Philipp Telemann – Twelve Fantasias
Edward T. Cone – Solo & Chamber Music
Sarn Oliver – Tangled Flow
Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra – Tangled Flow
Kevin R. Gallagher – Guitar Recital
Johan Dismas Zelenka – Chamber Sonatas, Volume One
Heinrich Koll – The Art of the Viola
Lillian Fuchs – Complete Music For Unaccompanied Viola
Quicksilver – Fantasticus: Extravagant & Virtuosic Music of the German Seventeeth Century
Jon Manasse – Trio, op. 11 / Beethoven. Grand duo : op. 48 / Weber. Trio, op. 114 / Brahms.
Trio Indiana – Trio Indiana
Hilary Hahn – The Hilary Hahn encores : in 27 pieces
Heinrich Koll – The Art of the Viola
Liturgical Organists Consortium – Divinum Mysterium
Hilary Field – Premieres – Contemporary Lyrical Works for the Classical Guitar
Manchester Festival String Orchestra – Vision: Music of the 20th & 21st Centuries
Franz Schubert – The Unauthorised Piano Duos, vol. 2: The Gahy Friendship
Boston Symphony Orchestra – Bolero; La valse / Ravel. Pictures at an exhibition / Mussorgsky.
Wiener Glasharmonika Duo – Glas & Steine
Music & Art in the Time of Rembrandt – Music & Art in the Time of Rembrandt


Weser-Renaissance Bremen- Virgo Prudentissima
Giacomo Puccini – Puccini Rediscovered
Titta Ruffo – Titta Ruffo


Sam Smith- In The Lonely Hour
Julie Andrews- Don’t Go in the Lion’s Cage Tonight
Merge Records – Oh, Merge: A Merge Records 10 Year Anniversary Compilation
The Texas Troubadours – Almost To Tulsa: The Instrumentals


Jeanine Tesori – Fun Home
Richard Rodgers – The King and I (2015 Broadway Cast Recording)
John Kander – The Visit (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
Skip Kennon – The Pioneers of Movie Music: Sounds of the American Silent Cinema


Adrian Cunningham – Ain’t That Right! The Music of Neal Hefti
Arturo O’Farrill – Cuba The Conversation Continues
John Burnett Swing Orchestra – Swingin’ In The Windy City
Cécile McLorin Salvant – For One To Love

World/Folk Music

Harry Everett Smith – Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music, Volume Four
Rumanian Folk Music – Rumanian Folk Music
Maleem Mahmoud Gania – Gnawa Essaouira
Louisiana Cajun Music – Louisiana Cajun Music
Martilar – Memories From Turkey

Electronic Music

Qluster – Lauschen

New CD’s added this month!


Maurice André – Hummel | Molter – Concertos
Jonathan Dawe – A Noise Did Rise
Granados | Dosse – Complete Piano Music, Vol. 2
Festetics Quartet – Haydn: The Complete String Quartets Played on Period Instruments
Marin Marais – 6 Suites
Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov – The Snow Maiden
Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov – La Nuit de Mai
Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov – Sadko
Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov – La Nuit de Noel


Keith Jarrett | Charlie Haden | Paul Motian – Hamburg ’72
Spanish Harlem Orchestra – United We Swing
Spanish Harlem Orchestra – Viva La Tradición
Vijay Iyer Trio – Break Stuff

New CD’s added this month!


C.P.E. Bach – Trio Sonatas – Flute Concertos
J.S. Bach – Italian Concerto
Ludwig van Beethoven – Missa Solemnis
Johannes Brahms – Alt-Rhapsodie
Hélène Grimaud – Mozart
Hélène Grimaud – Reflection: Works by Robert & Clara Schumann & Brahms
Noël Lee – Works For Piano
Patricia McCarty, viola – Six Cello Suites, J.S. Bach
Jean-Philippe Rameau – Prelude Baroque VIII
Franz Schubert – Piano Music For Four Hands, Vol. 4
Franz Schubert – Winterreise
Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra – Live Performances, 2006
Henry Vieuxtemps – Music for Viola and Piano


Björk – Vulnicura
George Ezra – Wanted on Voyage
Rhiannon Giddens – Tomorrow Is My Turn
Woody Guthrie – American Radical Patriot
Punch Brothers – The Phosphorescent Blues
Ed Sheeran – X
Matthew E. White – Fresh Blood
Matthew E. White – Big Inner/Outer Face

Movie Soundtrack

Jake Monaco* – Role/Play, Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Herbert Howells – Hymnus Paradisi: An English Mass

*University of Richmond alumnus, class of 2004 (homepage)

New CD’s added this month!


Bartlett & Robertson – Selected Recordings, 1927-1947
Harriet Cohen – Complete Solo Studio Recordings
Philip Corner – Satie Slowly
Myra Hess – Complete Solo and Concerto Studio Recordings
Matthay Miscellany – Rare and Unissued Recordings
Moura Lympany – HMV recordings, 1947 – 1952
Irene Scharrer — Complete Electric and Selected Acoustic Recordings
Schnabel, A. – Complete Beethoven Sonatas
Schubert, F. – Die Schöne Müllerin | Winterreise | Schwanengesang
Katrina Szederkényi – Fantasias and Fugues: Music For Harp


Ferrera Ensemble – Figures of Harmony – Songs of Codex Chantilly c. 1390
Arvo Pärt – Tintinnabuli
Trio Mediaeval – Aquilonis
Julia Wolfe – Steel Hammer


Brian Eno – The Shutov Assembly


Nels Cline and Julian Lage – Room
Red Garland Trio – Swingin’ on the Korner


D’Angelo and the Vanguard – Black Messiah
Elvis Costello – Beyond Belief: A Tribute to Elvis Costello
The Mavericks – In Time
The Mavericks – Mono
The Mavericks – The Definitive Collection

World Music

Cesaria Evora – The Essential Cesaria Evora

New CD’s added this month!


Hélène Grimaud – Bach
Hélène Grimaud – Beethoven, Concerto No. 5 (“Emperor”)
Hélène Grimaud – Brahms concertos
Hélène Grimaud & Sol Gabetta – Duo
Jean Françaix – L’horloge de flore Quartets | Trio
John Adams – City Noir | Saxophone Concerto
Royal Wind Music – Sweete Musicke of Sundrie Kindes
Franz Schubert – Die Schone Mullerin | Winterreise | Schwanengesang
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Horn Concertos | Horn Quintet
Johann Heinrich Rolle – 31 Motets
David Briggs – Messe Pour Notre-Dame & Organ Improvisations
Giuseppi Verdi – La Battaglia di Legnano


Aaron Goldberg & Guillermo Klein – Bienestan
Aaron Goldberg – Worlds
Bugge Wesseltoft – Moving

Delfeayo Marsalis – The Last Southern Gentlemen
Eric Johnson & Mike Stern – Eclectic
Herbie Hancock – Complete Warner Bros. Recordings (Mwandishi)
Mostly Other People Do the Killing – Blue


Radical Face – The Family Tree: Branches
Purity Ring – Another Eternity

World/Folk Music

Anonymous 4 & Burce Molsky – 1865
Jake Schepps – Ten Thousand Leaves
Various Artists – Cuban Symphonic Music