Monday, November 24, 2008
The Polley Music Library collection documents this musical activity with programs, photographs, and other items, a selection of which have been digitized for the Nebraska Memories digital library project of the Nebraska Library Commission.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Old Age Blues has music by Jess Williams and lyrics by Pete Curtis, and dates from 1921. Jess Williams is one of the people who kept ragtime music alive, performing at the American Folklife Festival in 1976. Information about the Nebraska composers is available in an annotated composer catalog.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
- Bell, Joshua. Voice of the violin
- Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Intermezzo
- Botti, Chris. Italia
- Curiale, Joseph. Awakening
- Curiale, Joseph. The music of life
- Faure, Gabriel. Pelleas et Melisande, op. 80 [and] Dolly
- Galway, James. The Celtic minstrel
- Grusin, Dave. The orchestral album
- Loussier, Jacques. Jacques Loussier Trio plays Debussy
- Ma, Yo Yo. Simply baroque
- Morricone, Ennio. Yo Yo Ma plays Ennio Morricone
- O'Grady, Geraldine. The lark in the clear air
- Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Cinema serenade
- Rittenour, Lee. Two worlds
- Rodrigo, Joaquin. Concerto de Aranjuez
- Rutter, John. Distant land
- Satie, Erik. The magic of Satie
- Tailleferre, Germaine. Works for two pianos & piano 4-hands
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
- The art of the native American flute, by R. Carlos Nakai and James Demars
- Choctaw music and dance, by James H. Howard and victoria Lindsay Levine
- Flute magic: an introduction to the native American flute, by Tim R. Crawford
- Myth, music and dance of the American Indian, by Ruth De Cesare
- The Power of Kiowa song, by Luke E. Lassiter
- Putting a song on top of it: expression and identity on the San Carlos Apache Reservation, by David W. Samuels
- Songprints: the musical experience of five Shoshone women, by Judith Vander
- Southern Cheyenne women's songs, by Virginia Giglio
- A study of Omaha Indian music, by Alice C. Fletcher
- War dance: plains Indian musical performance, by William K. Powers
- We'll be in your mountains, we'll be in your songs: a Navajo woman sings, by Ellen McCullough-Brabson and Marilyn Help
Of course the library has other resources on Native American music -- compact discs and the Smithsonian Global Sounds database, to name a couple.
One of the best resources on the web for Native American music is in the American Memories project of the Library of Congress, using sources from the American Folklife Center Archives. Check out the Omaha Indian Music page.
Nebraska, too, has many ties to Indianist composers who used Native American music, through inspiration or adptation. Thurlow Lieurance, Derrick Norman Lehmer, and Charles Wakefield Cadman all spent time in Nebraska with Indianist compositional leanings. Some Indianist pieces are included in the Music of Old Nebraska project on the Polley Music Library web page.