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Featured Music: Tchaikovsky and Sleeping Beauty

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Once upon a time, in a far-off kingdom, there was a beautiful young princess. She was cursed upon birth by a wicked fairy to prick her finger on a spindle at the age of 16. When she did, she fell into a deep sleep, and remained asleep for one hundred years. The kiss of a handsome prince woke her, and they all lived happily ever after.

This fairy tale, one of several created centuries ago, likely sounds familiar. The tale of Sleeping Beauty has been told for many years, first through spoken word, and eventually through written word. Then, in the late 19th century, it was turned into a ballet, with music by the famed Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsy. The premiere performance, with scenario by Ivan Vsevolozhsky, and choreography by Marius Petipa, was given in St. Petersburg in 1890.

Sleeping Beauty (Spyashchaya krasavitsa), with choreography by Petipa and performed by the Russian National Ballet under the direction of the former Bolshoi Principal dancer Elena Radchenko, arrives in Buffalo at the UB Center for the Arts, April 15, 2015.

If, as many do, you fall in love with the beauty of Tchaikovsky’s music, we invite you to stop by the music library to borrow some of his music for a listen. Here are some suggestions from our shelves:

Sleeping Beauty at the UB Libraries:

  • The Sleeping Beauty: Op. 66 / Tchaikovsky; Russian National Orchestra; Mikhail Pletnev, conductor. CD 8552/53 [compact disc]
  • Sleeping Beauty: Extended Highlights / Tchaikovsky; BBC Philharmonic; Vassily Sinaisky, conductor, CD 5813 [compact disc]
  • The Sleeping Beauty: Complete Ballet music, by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. M95 C348 sl E [score]
  • Tchaikovsky: The Man and His Music, by David Brown, ML410 .C4 B76 2007

Tchaikovsky at the UB Libraries:

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.


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.