Two online resources for studying and appreciating music are worthy of mention at this beginning of a new semester. The first, Oxford Music Online, has been around awhile, albeit under another name, while the second, Naxos Music Library is new.
Oxford Music Online is a superlative resource for learning about music. Formerly called Grove Music Online, it includes (you may have guessed already) the complete 2nd edition of the esteemed New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, as well as two other musical reference dictionaries. Do you need to know the musical form of a passacaglia? Or something about the career of jazz composer Dave Brubeck? This authoritative source is a perfect place to fill these sorts of information gaps.
The Naxos Music Library is a location for streaming audio files of classical, jazz, folk, and other genres of music from respected recording labels. Here a variety of musical styles and genres can be compared and contrasted . . . or simply enjoyed! Be advised, though, that the library’s license is for 3 simultaneous users so it may not always be available. Nevertheless, Naxos is a unique and exciting addition to the learning resources @ your library.
One final note, both these resources will be demonstrated at our first Noontime Forum of Spring Semester (with free pizza). Plan to come Wednesday, February 25th, Gullixson Hall, Rm 103. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 458
Bruce Eldevik, Reference Librarian