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2014 National Recording Registry Entries Selected

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“Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?”

Familiar to millions of people throughout the United States, these memorable lyrics are from one of only 25 sound recordings named to the Library of Congress National Recording Registry for 2014.

Since 2000, the Librarian of Congress has selected 25 sound recordings at least 10 years old to be included in this acclaimed collection. These recordings, according to the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, must be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

The selections from 2014 span over a century, and truly define the broad nature of American music. From Joan Baez (the artists’ much acclaimed first solo album), to the much beloved music of Sesame Street on the album Sesame Street: All-Time Platinum Favorites, these pieces define a part of America’s past and present. It isn’t just more modern works that have made the list though. A collection of recordings from the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair that demonstrate world music is also included, and is considered to be extremely rare.

The Librarian of Congress and staff members will proceed to select the highest-quality version of each recording. These will be carefully stored in the Library of Congress’ Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation to preserve them for generations to come.

Interested in listening to some of these works? Check out the titles available from the UB Music Libraries:

  • Black Snake Moan–Blind Lemon Jefferson (1927) Record X382/83
  • Fanfares for the Uncommon Woman (album)—Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop, conductor; Joan Tower, composer (1999) CD 16139
  • Joan Baez (album)—Joan Baez (1960) Record X2209
  • Kiss Me, Kate (original cast album) (1949)  CD 19161
  • Matchbox Blues–Blind Lemon Jefferson (1927) CD X607
  • The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (album)—Lauryn Hill (1998) CD 7495
  • My Funny Valentine (single)—The Gerry Mulligan Quartet feat. Chet Baker (1953) Record X1287/88
  • OK Computer (album)—Radiohead (1997) CD 4732
  • Sixteen Tons (single)—Tennessee Ernie Ford (1955) Record X3048
  • Stand! (album)—Sly and the Family Stone (1969) CD X200
  • Stand by Me (single)—Ben E. King (1961) Record X4899/900

In addition, you can listen to some of The Vernacular Wax Cylinder Recordings at University of California, Santa Barbara Library (c. 1890-1910), here.

Please see the press release here for further information.

This post is a guest blog entry by Katie Goldbach, student worker at the Music Library and a MS Library Science candidate in the Department of Library and Information Studies.

The 50th anniversary of the founding of the Center of the Creative and Performing Arts in 1964

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Lukas Foss and Allen Sapp

This past Fall was the 50th anniversary of the beginning of The Center of the Creative and Performing Arts.  The first Creative Associates recital was presented November 13 1964 and the first Evenings for New Music concert was performed on November 29th. The Center survived until 1980. Approximately 120 musicians came to Buffalo as Creative Associates from 1964 until its close. They presented about 700 musical works on 124 Creative Associate Recitals and more than 400 works on 173 Evenings for New Music concerts. About a dozen of the musicians who came to Buffalo as Creative Associates later joined the faculty of the UB Music Department, including three from the first class: Jan Williams, Sylvia Brigham-Dimiziani, and Laurence Bogue.

The current exhibition in the Music Library provides the historical background of the founding of the Center by Lukas Foss and Allen Sapp. The exhibition contains documents, clippings, concert programs, and photographs pertaining to the creation of the Center and its first class of Creative Associates.

An online summary of the exhibit contains the full text of the Rockefeller Foundation proposal written by Lukas Foss and Allen Sapp for the creation of the Center.

Featured Resources – Streaming Video and Audio

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You may already know this, but the UB Libraries provide access to streaming audio and video through several databases. These are available on campus, and UB students, faculty, and staff can access all of these from off campus. If you are studying for a test, preparing a paper, selecting repertoire, or just want something interesting to watch or listen to, be sure to check these out. Of course, if you visit us in person, you are always welcome to take advantage of our 22,000+ LPs, 21,000+ CDs, or 1100+ DVDs, available to borrow or to listen to in the library. (video) is a provider of online streaming video of classical music performances by leading contemporary musical artists. It contains live performances in real-time or delayed streaming, recorded concerts, ballets, operas, concert films, documentaries, and archival films. Much of the live content is provided free of charge while viewing the films requires a subscription.

Kanopy Streaming Video (video)

More than 6,500 videos in a wide variety of subject areas. Content will be useful to those interested in new music, dance, music theatre, film music/film sound, ethnomusicology, and popular music. Collections include the Criterion Collection/Janus Films collection, Hugo Zemp Ethnomusicology collection, First Run Features, and Kino Music Collection/Kino Lorber.

NAXOS Music Library (audio)

Provides recordings from complete catalogs of Naxos and other labels. Music includes classical, world and folk. Includes liner notes, listening guides, biographies, and librettos.

DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music) (audio)

Recordings of American music, long with liner notes and essays. Labels include New World Records, Albany, Innova, Cedille, XI, Pogus, and Deep Listening. Classical, folk, jazz, opera, Native American, electronic, musical theater and contemporary/experimental genres.

pair of headphonespair of black earbuds

Welcome and welcome back!

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Welcome back to returning students, faculty, staff, and friends, and welcome to those new this fall. We look forward to assisting you with all your music needs. Some highlights:

  • We are here for research consultations and reference questions. If you are embarking on a significant research paper or project, we encourage you to make an appointment with one of our librarians.
  • Can’t make it to the library?  Among our many resources we continue to offer streaming audio and video services Naxos,, and DRAM, online research databases, and online access to many journals and ebooks.
  • Loan times for CDs, LPs, and videos have been extended to 7 days for all borrowers. If you prefer to listen here, we have listening and viewing equipment for you to use in the library, including brand new turntables and DVD player.
  • You can check back here for Music Library news and featured resources. You can also find us on Facebook at
  • Our regular hours are the same as last year. Please note the Music Library will be closed on Sunday, August 31, and all UB Libraries will be closed in observance of Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 1.

The Music Library is open to all UB students, staff, and faculty, and the WNY music community (and beyond). Please ask us for assistance with any of your music needs! For general information about the UB Libraries, please check out the Top Ten “must-knows” about the UB Libraries. Throughout the year, check out the Student Support blog for library tips. We look forward to working with you in the coming semester. Best wishes for a productive academic year!

library interior student study a score and using listening station

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Have a seat! New furniture in the Music Library

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The Music Library is pleased to announce new seating throughout the study spaces. You can meet the task chair “Wit” in the listening stations and study carrels and the four-legged “Jiminy” at the group study tables and back computer work stations. Both areas include chairs with and without arms. Users of the computers near the entrance will be able to enjoy new, smooth, sturdy stools. We hope you find these comfortable and invigorating for study and listening.

Table with charging station and chair with listening equipment

New chairs, new equipment


How did we choose new chairs?

We went through two rounds of trial models and invited library visitors to comment. Many thanks to those who completed the surveys–we read all of your comments carefully. We learned that preferences vary greatly, and we tried to select chairs with the most positive and neutral comments.


Why did we replace the old chairs?

Safety first: The older chairs were not up to current safety standards. The new chairs are up to current specifications. We think they are more fashionable, too. The old chairs, in a variety of 70s-era colorful vinyl and fabric, pre-dated the opening of Baird Hall on North Campus in 1981. We were surprised at how many comments suggested keeping the old chairs—did they age so well they are retro chic?

Four old chairs and three new ones

Out with the old, in with the new

  Computer Stools

Please participate in keeping your study space comfortable

We do ask that you help us keep the new chairs and carpet in your space clean and lovely by keeping lids on beverage cups, avoiding messy foods, and reporting any reporting spills. The food policy is posted in the library.

We hope you will find the new seating comfortable and attractive. Come on in and take a seat!

library space with visible damange, left, and renovated, right

We’ve come a long way!

You can find a few more photos on our Facebook page.

Farewell to Violinist, Conductor, and Music Educator, Pamela Gearhart

Pamela Gearhart conducting

Pamela Gearhart conducting a rehearsal at the University at Buffalo, circa 1961. Unidentified photographer.

Violinist and conductor Pamela Gearhart passed away Sunday July 6 2014 in Rochester, New York. She was 79 years old. She is survived by her three children, Kim, Martha, and Fritz.

Pamela Gearhart was born July 21, 1934 in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Her father, Russell Gerhart, was also a violinist and conductor. He founded the Altoona Symphony Orchestra and served as conductor of the Huntsville, Alabama Civic Symphony and the St, Louis Philharmonic. Pamela began her five years of studies at Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia at age fifteen. Her violin instructors included Mischa Mischakoff, Joseph Knitzer, Ivan Galamian and Efrem Zimbalist.

Pamela Gearhart

Pamela Gearhart, circa 1960. Photograph by Jim Tuttle.

Pamela married UB Music Department faculty member Livingston Gearhart in 1955 and joined the department as a part-time instructor of violin in 1957. She eventually expanded her responsibilities to include directing the chamber music performance program and conducting the UB orchestra. During the years 1959-1977 Pamela also served as the conductor of the youth orchestra of Buffalo’s Community Music School. Under her direction the membership of the orchestra increased ten-fold, from ten to more than one hundred.

Following her position at UB, Pamela served on the music faculty at Ithaca College until her retirement in 1993. Through all her years of work as an inspired music educator Pamela brought alive the joy of music for hundreds of young students and shaped the musical lives and careers of many successful musicians.

Pamela Gearhart conducting

Pamela Gearhart with (L-R) husband Livingston Gearhart, Mischa Schneider, and Alexander Schneider. Unidentified photographer.

Music Library Exhibit featuring Cameron Baird, founder of the UB Music Department

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Cameron Baird

Cameron Baird

Paul Hindemith

Paul Hindemith
Photograph by Rudolph Hindemith

Did they or didn’t they? Come view the new Music Library exhibit, Cameron Baird: Bringing Paul Hindemith and Aaron Copland to Buffalo, and see how you would answer the questions: Did Paul Hindemith really teach at the University of Buffalo in 1940? Should Aaron Copland have been allowed to serve as the first Slee Lecturer in Music in 1957?

The exhibit addresses both questions, and includes letters, photographs, and newspaper articles that touch on greater issues of how politics before and after World War II shaped the careers of artists such as Hindemith and Copland. Excerpts from Copland’s testimony before the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations chaired by Joseph McCarthy are provided in the physical exhibit and a link to the full testimony is included in the online summary.

Aaron Copland

Aaron Copland

Cameron Baird is at the core of both stories. He shaped the musical culture of Buffalo in many ways and the stories presented in the exhibit demonstrate to some degree the range of his influence in the musical world at the time. The stories also provide a measure of his humanitarianism and courage in the face of political factors beyond the world of music.

The slightly expanded online summary of the exhibit is available online at:

Summer Hours 2014

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Summer hours at the Music Library begin on Monday, May 19. Please note we are closed on Sunday, May 18 and Monday, May 26 (Memorial Day). Summer hours are 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. You can check hours for all of the UB Libraries at

For those of you who are graduating, our warmest congratulations. For those of you returning, see you in the fall! Best wishes to all for a rejuvenating, productive, and musical summer.

Note for those attending commencement ceremonies: the UB Libraries have the sheet music for the UB Alma mater available to download (pdf).

Music manuscript of Sumer is icumen in

Sumer is icumen in, source: British Library Harley MS 978, f.11v. See the British Library’s online exhibit for the full-page image and more information.

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Music to Listen to for the Month of May

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Looking for something to listen to this month? Music history spans hundreds of years, leaving each day a significant one for music. Spend this month at the music library exploring, listening, and learning about the history of music! On these dates in May:

1- 1786: Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro premiered in Vienna.
(Record 16002/05) Use one of our record players to hear this LP!

2- 1980: “Another Brick in the Wall (PartII)” by Pink Floyd was banned by the South African Government
(CD 10057/58) Have to listen to Track 5!

3- 1960: The musical The Fantasticks opened. It became the world’s longest-running musical in 1984. The show continued to run until 2002, after over 17,000 performances.
(CD 13063) Listen to this original cast recording!

4- 1956: “Be-Bop-A-Lula” was recorded by Gene Vincent and The Blue Caps.
(Record 16622) Check out this one on the original LP on our record player!

5- 1891: Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky was the first public performer at the grand opening of The Music Hall (later Carnegie Hall) in New York.
(CD 20051) Check out this “original 35 mm magnetic film recording” of one of Tchaikovsky’s most famous works!

6- 1972: “Rocket Man” by Elton John was released.
(Record X3572) Listen to this LP of Elton John’s Greatest Hits to hear this track!

7- 1941: “Chattanooga Choo Choo” was recorded by Glenn Miller and his Orchestra.
(CD 13236) This song is the first track on this Jazz Greatest Hits CD!

8- 1829: Composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk was born in New Orleans.
(Record 10259/60) Check many of his famous works on this record!

9- 1944: Writer of the song “You are my Sunshine,” Jimmie Davis, became the Governor of Louisiana.
(CD X634) Hear it here on track #5!

10- 1940: Jimmy Dorsey and his orchestra recorded “Perfidia.”
(CD 11781) Listen to it on track number 10!

11- 1964: The single “I Get Around” by the Beach boys was released.
(Record X3770/71) Hear the single on this LP!

12- 1967: The debut album Are You Experienced by The Jimi Hendrix Experience was released.
(Record X1221) Check out the record!

13- 1938: Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra recorded “When the Saints Go Marching In”.
(CD 14872/78) Check out this song and more from Louis Armstrong!

14- 1937: “Caravan” was recorded by Duke Ellington and his band.
(Record X3067) Here this track and more from Duke Ellington!

15- 1985 –The single “Raspberry Beret” by Prince was released.
(CD 14689/90) Check out the CD here!

16- 1970: Guitarist Randy Bachman left the group Guess Who.
(CD 12227) Have a listen to their album before he left!

17- 1933 – Jimmie Rodgers began recording a series of 24 songs. He died nine days later at the age of 35. “Years Ago” was his last track he recorded.
(CD 14004/09) Check out these last few recordings and more by Jimmie Rodgers!

18- 1999: Millennium, the Backstreet Boys’ third album, was released.
(CD 13879) Have a listen to the album here!

19- 1958: The single “Splish Splash” by Bobby Darin was released as the first recording on an 8-track.
(CD 13210) Check out the song on track #12

20- 1954: “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley and the Comets was released. However it was not until 1955 when it came out on the “blackboard Jungle” soundtrack, that it became successful.
(Record X977) Hear this song and more from Bill Haley and the Comets on this LP!

21- 1892: I Pagliacci, the opera by Ruggiero Leoncavallo, premiered in Milan, Italy.
(Record 17254/55)- Here the opera on this record!

22- 2001: The album Madonna was released as a re-mastered version.
(CD 4714) Hear the original album here!

23-1971: Iron Butterfly broke up.
(Record X965) Listen to their “best” here!

24- 1982 – Topper Headon left the Clash.
(CD X287) Hear this album from before he left!

25- 1962: “Twist and Shout” was released by the Isley Brothers.
(Record X2591) Hear it on this LP!

26- 1973: The single “Smoke on The Water” by Deep Purple was released.
(CD 4357) Hear it on the last track here.

27- 1983: The album Kill ‘Em All by Metallica finished recording.
(CD 4741) Have a listen.

28- 1955: “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” was reported the most popular song in the America by Billboard.
(Record X1844) Hear it on track #2

29- 1913: The Rite of Spring, a ballet with music by Igor Stravinsky, premiered in Paris.
(Record 10502) Hear it on this LP!

30- 1962: The first American jazz band played in the Soviet Union led by Benny Goodman.
(CD X563/64) Hear some Benny Goodman now!

31- 1917: “Dark Town Strutters’ Ball,” one of the first jazz records, was released.
(CD 19330/37) Hear it a version on disc 2 of this set!

This guest post was written by Elizabeth Portillo, a graduate student in the Department of Library and Information Studies and student worker at the Music Library.