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2013 National Recording Registry Additions Announced

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Each year, the Library of Congress selects 25 recordings, at least 10 years old, that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” to add to the National Recording Registry. The newest additions were announced April 2, 2014. These bring the registry total to 400 recordings. From the official press release:

The selections named to the registry feature a diverse array of spoken-word and musical recordings—representing nearly every musical category—spanning the years 1896-1994. Among this year’s selections are U2’s revolutionary 1987 album “The Joshua Tree”; the Depression-era tune “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime” that generated two best-selling singles by Bing Crosby and Rudy Vallee in 1932; Roland Hayes’ moving rendition of the spiritual, “Were You There”; the first commercial breakthrough single for The Louvin Brothers, “When I Stop Dreaming”; the Everly Brothers’ 1960 hit, “Cathy’s Clown,” which influenced a generation of musicians, including the Beatles; the 1962 comedy album spoofing President John F. Kennedy and his family, pulled from distribution following his assassination; Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 1969 war-protest song, “Fortunate Son”; the original cast recording of Stephen Sondheim’s 1979 musical, “Sweeney Todd”; and Linda Ronstadt’s 1974 groundbreaking album, “Heart Like a Wheel.”

Additions to the registry feature notable performances by Art Blakey, Louis Jordan, Elmore James, Buck Owens and His Buckaroos, Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco, Aaron Copland and Larry Norman, among others. The 2013 registry also features rare interviews with baseball pioneers of the late 19th and 20th centuries and field recordings documenting the culture and traditions of a Native American tribe.

As part of its congressional mandate, the Library is identifying and preserving the best existing versions of each recording on the registry. These recordings will be housed in the Library’s Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Va.

You can view a chronological list of all 400 recordings on the full National Recording Registry.

The UB Music Library has many of the musical selections available:

  • Brother, Can You Spare a Dime (singles)—Bing Crosby; Rudy Vallee (both 1932). CD 6032: Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? American Song during the Great Depression
  • Dust My Broom (single)—Elmore James (1951). CD 12380: Shake Your Money Maker: The Best of the Fire Sessions / Elmore James
  • A Night at Birdland (Vols. 1 and 2) (albums)—Art Blakey (1954). CD 12223/24: A Night at Birdland / Art Blakey
  • Fortunate Son (single)—Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969). Record X3936: Willy and the Poorboys / Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Theme from ‘Shaft’ (album)—Isaac Hayes (1971). Record 16134/35: Shaft / Isaac Hayes
  • Sweeney Todd (album)—Original Cast Recording (1979). CD 13064/65: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street / music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim ; book by Hugh Wheeler. (Sing along with the vocal score, M933 So57 sw)
  • The Joshua Tree (album)—U2 (1987). CD 4807: The Joshua Tree / U2


Copland Conducts Copland album cover

Copland Conducts Copland: Appalachian Spring—Aaron Copland (1974). Record 9077


Trial Database – PBS Video Collection

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The UB Libraries have a trial subscription to the PBS Video Collection from Alexander St. Press through May 17, 2014. The trial can be accessed from the Free Database Trial page or directly from on campus at If you have comments on the database or would like to recommend that we subscribe, please contact us at

The PBS Video Collection assembles hundreds of the greatest documentary films and series from the history of PBS into one convenient online interface. The diverse subject matter of the included films makes this an important collection for the study of history, science, business, technology, performing arts, anthropology, psychology, politics, health, and literature. Programs include Frontline, NOVA, American Experience, Odyssey, and films by Ken Burns and Michael Wood.

Ken Burns Jazz DVD set

The Jazz series by Ken Burns is included in the trial.


Spring Recess Schedule 2014

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Please note the change in Music Library hours for Spring Recess:

  • Sunday, March 16: CLOSED
  • Monday March 17-Friday March 21: 9 am-5 pm
  • Sunday March 23: CLOSED 

We resume our regular schedule Monday March 24.

For a complete list of hours for all UB Libraries, please see

Have a great break!

Muriel Wolf and Albert Steger Endowment Concert

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Wooden Cities posterOn February 7 2014 the Wooden Cities New Music Collective will present the first concert produced from funds provided by the Muriel Wolf and Albert Steger Endowment. Muriel and Albert established the endowment to produce concerts of music by composers who were either from or resided in Buffalo. An exhibit commemorating the concert is on display in the Music Library.

Wooden Cities has crafted a program that combines works from the Music Library archives as well as by members of the ensemble and faculty member Jeffrey Stadelman. It is an excellent representation of what Muriel and Albert had in mind when they designed the endowment.

The concert is free and will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday February 7, 2014 in Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall on UB’s North Campus.

Lukas Foss – Paradigm (1968)
Lejaren Hiller – An Avalanche (1968)
Allen Sapp – And the Bombers Went Home (for violin and piano) (1943)
Jeffrey Stadelman – Koral, Nos. 8 & 12 (2009)
Anton Wolf – Sonatine for solo piano

Esin Gündüz – Looking at / Towards / On Top of: Mount Agrı [Ararat]
Nathan Heidelberger – Occasionally, music (2013)
Brendan Fitzgerald – with/against (2014)
Zane Merritt – Burning City (2014)
Michael McNeill – Heptagram (2014)

Welcome back

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It may not feel like spring weather, but the spring semester is here.  Please bear with us with a long post with some updates.

Research help/course help

As always, we are here to help you with finding books, articles and other sources for research papers/class projects, and can help you find scores, recordings, videos, and other materials. We’re available by email, phone, and in person–just ask for a librarian at the desk.

Music Library seating & carpeting

We are happy to announce that there is new carpeting throughout the library. This replaces the area destroyed by the flood as well as the older carpeting. Please help keep your study space clean by avoiding all messy foods in the library. We will be getting new seating for study areas, and you are invited to try test models and submit your comments.

Seating options for study spaces

Seating options for study spaces

New scores, CDs, books, and databases

Naxos Music Library Jazz: We have an extended trial through September 30, 2014. NML-Jazz has an extensive collection including the catalogues of Blue Note and Warner/EMI. Please note that most of the jazz content has been pulled from Naxos Music Library and moved to NML-Jazz. Access both via our Streaming Audio and Video page.

Other recent acquisitions of note: facsimile editions of the full and piano 4-hands scores of Rite of Spring; Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd ed. online and in the reference section; scores and recordings by senior June in Buffalo 2014 composers; and, clocking in at CD 20000, the UB Music Department’s own CD, University at Buffalo Music.

Concert/event notices

If you would like to post a notice for a department-affiliated or co-sponsored event on the event bulletin board in the Baird Lobby, please bring a copy inside the library and we will be happy to post it for you. We want to help you attract great audiences to your concerts, recitals, and lectures.


Exhibit in Commemoration of the Inaugural Concert Funded by the Muriel Wolf and Albert Steger Endowment for the Music Library, curated by John Bewley, is newly on display in the exhibit cases in the library. The exhibit is presented in conjunction with the Muriel Wolf and Albert Steger Endowment inaugural concert, (Re)Constructions, presented by Wooden Cities with a program of works by Buffalo composers (concert Feb. 7, Brown Bag Feb. 4).

Library skills workbook

For those still needing to meet your gen-ed workbook requirement, we hope you will keep the music version in mind.

We are always happy to answer any questions you have, and we look forward to seeing you in the library or working with you by phone or email. Best wishes for a productive and enjoyable spring semester.

Goodbye Joe Chouinard

Joe Chouinard

Joe Chouinard

The Music Library is sad to share the news that past employee and dedicated volunteer Joseph Chouinard died Monday January 6 2014. Joe’s volunteer work for the Music Library included all sorts of tasks that ranged from research to mundane things that freed the staff to do other things. His generosity of supplying his time to the Music Library was surpassed in 2006 when he made a substantial gift to the Music Library that covered the cost of completely refurnishing and carpeting the Music Library’s Seminar Room. He did not want his name on the room or any outward sign of acknowledgement but the room has been enjoyed on almost a daily basis by library staff and music department faculty and students.

Joe was an unforgettable character who will be missed. In addition to his volunteer work at the Music Library Joe also volunteered at the VA Hospital on Bailey Avenue. He touched many lives through his musical performances, knowledge of music, and sense of humor.

Joe Chouinard as a child

Joe Chouinard as a child


Joseph Jerod Chouinard was born May 7 1926 in Middletown, Connecticut. He served in the United States Navy immediately after graduating from high school, 1944-1946. Following his discharge he attended the University of Connecticut, graduating with a BA in Music in 1950. He stayed at the University to earn his Master of Arts in Music in 1951. Joe returned to school in 1969 to earn his MLS in Music Librarianship at SUNY Geneseo in 1970.

Joe Chouinard High School Graduation photograph, 1944

Joe Chouinard High School Graduation photograph, 1944


Joe continued his musical studies in 1957 and 1958 with Nadia Boulanger at Fontainebleau and in 1961 at the Summer School for Singers in Oxford, England.

Joe Chouinard at time of college graduation, 1950

Joe Chouinard at time of college graduation, 1950

Prior to beginning his career as a music librarian Joe performed extensively as a bass baritone nationally and internationally. He performed both as a chorus member and as a soloist, including performances at the Tanglewood Festival, Calvary Church in New York City, the Tri-Cities Opera Company in Binghamton, the Aspen Music Festival, the Florida International Music Festival, Columbia University, Arundel Opera (Maine), Theatre Under the Stars in Atlanta, Georgia, and with the University Opera Studio at the State University of New York at Buffalo.


Joe’s career as a music librarian included positions as Music and Art Librarian, California State College at San Bernardino (1971-1974), Music Cataloger, State University of New York at Buffalo (1974-1978), Music Librarian, State University of New York College at Fredonia (1978-1991), and Exchange Music Librarian at Royal Holloway College, Great Britain (1983-1984).

Joe Chouinard with composer Ross Lee Finney at premiere of Finney's The Nun's Priest's Tale, 1965

Joe Chouinard with composer Ross Lee Finney at premiere of Finney’s The Nun’s Priest’s Tale, 1965


Joe Chouinard (far right) in production of La Boheme

Weather update – January 7, 2014

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UPDATE – January 7, 2014

Due to the inclement weather, the Health Sciences Library and Silverman Library will close at 1pm on January 7, 2014 joining Lockwood Library, Law Library, Music Library, Archives, Poetry Library and the Annex which have been closed all day. Pending University decisions, the Libraries will reopen normally tomorrow. See the UB Alert website for more information.

University Libraries closing information 1/7/2014

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University at Buffalo classes and activities are cancelled today, Jan. 7.

The following libraries will be open today:
Health Science Library, 8-5
Silverman Library, 8-5

Lockwood Library, the Law Library, Music Library and the Annex will be closed to the public today.

Pending University decisions, the Libraries will reopen normally tomorrow. Go to for updates.

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Music Library Open January 6, 2014

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As of 9 am, Monday, January 6, 2014, the Music Library has reopened. We thank you for your patience during our extended closing. Our hours for the remainder of the winter session are:

  • Monday, Jan. 6-Friday, Jan. 10: 9am-5pm
  • Monday, Jan. 13-Friday, Jan. 17: 9am-5pm
  • Monday. Jan. 20: closed (Martin Luther King Day)
  • Tuesday, Jan. 21-Friday, Jan. 24: 9am-5pm

Spring semester hours begin Monday, January 27th.

Please note:

  • Books and scores have been returned to the shelves at the library–please do not hesitate to ask for assistance if you cannot find the item you are looking for on the shelf.
  • The full LP collection will be brought back to the library as soon as weather conditions make it safe to do so.
  • If you changed your Delivery+ pickup location yourself, please note that you must change it back to Music Library if you want items to be held for you at the Music Library.


UB Music Library with new carpetMusic Library with carpeted floor

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