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Music Library Thematic Displays: Spring 2021

This guide showcases resources from the George F. DeVine Music Library centered on specific themes. Selected themes reflect UT School of Music events and programs, as well as cultural celebrations.

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About the Display

Spring

The George F. DeVine Music Library is featuring "Spring" for the month of April. In this LibGuide, we have selected three composers and a work of theirs that is associated with spring. The three composers are Antonio Vivaldi (Spring from The Four Seasons), Betty Jackson King (In The Springtime), and Igor Stravinsky (The Rite of Spring). We have selected scores, CDs, books, and online resources for each composer. Along with the three composers, we have selected a variety of jazz tunes from our Aebersold collection, songs from the UT Song Index, and contemporary works from BabelScore.

 

Quote by Gustav Mahler, with the coming of spring, I am calm again with a background of yellow flowers in a vase.

Spring from "The Four Seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi

Online Resources for Antonio Vivaldi

Naxos Music Library

To listen to these CDs, click on one of them and it will
take you directly to Naxos Music Library!

Vivaldi The Four Seasons Naxos Recording Cover Art    Vivaldi the Four Seasons, La Tempesta di mare, and Il piacere Naxos recording album cover art.

  Vivaldi's The Four Seasons and Concereto Alla Rustica Naxos recording album cover art Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra album cover art


Alexander Street Press

Feel free to scroll through the score of
Spring from The Four Seasons!
 

Betty Jackson King

Betty Jackson King (1928 - 1994)

Biography from Her Website

Books and CDs on Betty Jackson King

COMING SOON for Betty Jackson King

"The Rite of Spring" by Igor Stravinsky

Online Resources for Igor Stravinsky

Naxos Music Library

To listen to these CDs, click on one of them and it will
take you directly to Naxos Music Library!

CD Cover for "An Introduction to Stravinsky The Rite of Spring," written and narrated by Jeremy Siepmann  CD Cover for "Stravinsky 125th Anniversary Album," which contains "The Rite of Spring," "Violin Concerto," "Symphonies of Wind Instruments," and Zvezdolikiy," with Jennifer Frautschi on violin, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and Robert Craft

CD Cover for "Stravinsky The Rite of Spring, Card Game, and Concerto in D Major," with the BRT Philharmonic Orchestra, Alexander Rahbari Bournemouth Sinfonietta, and Richard Studt


Alexander Street Press

Feel free to scroll through the score of
The Rite of Spring!

 

UT Song Index

Songs about Spring from UT Song Index

This database provides access to about 50,000 songs in more than 1,500 published song anthologies owned by the George F. DeVine Music Library at the University of Tennessee, located in Knoxville. Use this citation index to determine which anthologies contain the song(s) you need. You will not find the music or the words here, just the call number and book title. If you are not in Knoxville, ask your librarian about interlibrary loan options to obtain the songs you need be.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Start your search as simply as possible. For example, enter the last name of the composer and one key word from the song title. However, more than one keyword and any number of fields can be used.
  • DO NOT use initial articles such as: the/of/a/an  (use 'Sound of Music' rather than 'The Sound of Music').
  • DO NOT use dashes or punctuation, besides apostrophes.
  • Truncation is automatic ('Tchai' will yield 'Tchaikovsky').
  • RESULTS: Click on the links to find all songs in an anthology, other songs by the same composer or author, or other songs/arrangements with the same words in their title. Change and redo your search if necessary.

Aebersold Volumes with Spring-related tunes

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Antonio Vivaldi

Portait of Antonio Vivaldi holding violin.

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

Biography from Grove Music Online

Books on Antonio Vivaldi

Reinterpretations of Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons"

Vivaldi's Influence on Modern Works

Max Richter's The Four Seasons Recomposed and Astor Piazzolla's The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires show how influential Vivaldi's four concerti were for future composers. For Max Richter, he took the original work by Vivaldi and decided to reinvent the music in a modern, minimalist way. To listen to this, click the CD art next to the Richter's picture. For Astor Piazzolla, he took the idea of writing four concerti based on the four seasons and added some of his own roots into the music. Additionally, there are a lot of tango elements and extended techniques for the string orchestra. To listen to this, click the CD art next to the Piazzolla's picture.

To read their biographies, click on the composer's picture.
 

Headshot of Max Richter   Recomposed by Max Richter Album Cover Art

Max Richter (1966 - )
 

Headshot of Astor Piazzolla   Piazzolla, Sinfonia Buenos Aires Album Cover Art

Astor Piazzolla (1921 - 1992)

"In The Springtime" by Betty Jackson King

Online Resources for Betty Jackson King

Naxos Music Library

To listen to these CDs, click on one of them and it will
take you directly to Naxos Music Library!

   


Articles from JSTOR

To view these articles, click on one of them and it will
take you directly to the JSTOR article page.

Cultural Influences of Organ Music Composed by African American Women 
Black Women Composers in Chicago: Then and Now

Citations:

Ritter, Carol. “Cultural Influences of Organ Music Composed by African American Women.” College Music Symposium, vol. 55, 2015. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/26574395. Accessed 16 Mar. 2021.

Walker-Hill, Helen. “Black Women Composers in Chicago: Then and Now.” Black Music Research Journal, vol. 12, no. 1, 1992, pp. 1–23. JSTOR, 
www.jstor.org/stable/779279. Accessed 16 Mar. 2021.

Journal Article Databases

Igor Stravinsky

Picture of Igor Stravinsky in front of piano and sheet music

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)

Biography from Grove Music Online

Books on Igor Stravinsky

Naxos Video Library for The Rite of Spring

BabelScore

Contemporary Works about Spring from BabelScore

BabelScores, the most important contemporary music online library, specializes in providing access to the most important compositions from the last 40 years. Complete full scores of pieces are available in a very comfortable virtual booklet format that allows user to read music while listening.

Below, we have selected works from BabelScore that relate to the theme of this display, and the works themselves showcase what BabelScore has to offer!

Picture of Gordon Dic-lun Fung

Gordon Dic-lun Fung
Biography from BabelScore

Piece
Everlasting Blossoms
in the Spring Breeze

Picture of Gilles Schuehmacher

Gilles Schuehmacher
Biography from BabelScore

Piece
Flower Garden

Picture of Denis Schuler

Denis Schuler
Biography from BabelScore

Piece
The Lines - Spring

Aebersold Jazz Collection

Aebersold Collection

In our music library, you can find the 100+ volumes from the Jamey Aebersold Collection. In each volume, you can find a variety of jazz tunes and standards that provide chords, melody, and more! We have selected a variety of tunes for this LibGuide because they relate to spring. If you are interested in finding these specific spring-related tunes, hover your mouse over to the ⓘ  icon and it will tell you the tune and page. If you are interested in finding other tunes that are not related to spring, ask the SLA or supervisor on duty to grab the catalog for the Aebersold collection.

Aebersold Jazz Catalog Example

Cover of the Aebersold Jazz Collection

This can be found in the George F. DeVine Music Library. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please ask the SLA or supervisor on duty to grab it for you if you are interested in looking at it.

First reference page in the Aebersold Jazz Catalog that lists all of the tunes alphabetically and shows the volumes each tune is in.

Example page from the Aebersold Jazz Collection.