Category Archives: Recordings

Chiquinha Gonzaga (1847-1935)

    Since we’re still in the shadow of Brazilian World Music Day, today we feature Brazilian composer Chiquinha Gonzaga (1847-1935), a remarkable woman of musical firsts from 19th-century Brazil, who remained active well into the 20th century.

A composer of over 300 works, she was born in Rio de Janeiro, and studied the piano. After two marriages, and children,  she separated from her 2nd husband and published the polka Atraente in 1877. Other works followed, including the operettas A corte na roça (1885) and the three-act Forrobodó, which received 1500 performances. The first work earned her the nickname of “the feminine Offenbach“. Her compositions included 77 works for the stage, and included collaborations with well-known Brazilian playwrights.  Her published works include waltzes, polkas, tangos, mazurkas, quadrilles, gavottes, habaneras, barcarolles, serenatas, maxixes, lundus, fados, modinhas, marchas and choros. She was the first woman to conduct an orchestra in Brazil, and was an active supporter of the Brazilian movement to end of slavery (1888) and the proclamation of the Republic (1889). (text adapted from Magaldi, Christina. “Gonzaga, Chiquinha.” Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. 13 Sep. 2012 <>)

Several CDs of her works are listed in CLIO.  You can also listen to a few tracks via our streaming audio database Naxos Music Library, including this track, Atraente (mentioned above) . Another performance of this work is also on YouTube:

Get to know the music of this interesting Brazilian musical pioneer!

Check out our recordings!

Hey, music lovers…!

Did you know that sound and video recordings in the Music & Arts Library circulate for 2 weeks, to all Columbia full-time students, faculty, and staff?

Check ’em out!

  • Almost all sound and video recordings are listed in CLIO.
  • Use “Quick Limit” feature in a CLIO search to specify either sound or video recordings.
  • If you want to see only CDs as a result of your keyword search, try including the keyword “digital” along with your other search terms, for example “mozart magic flute digital”. Our CD call numbers all begin with the CD prefix .
  • If you need further help with search tips for recordings, contact us – music searching can sometimes be tricky, and we’re glad to help!

Note that all of our vinyl LP recordings (yes, remember – records?!) are held in Offsite storage (L, LS, W, and JS are all call number prefixes for vinyl LPs). You’ll see “Offsite” locations for those items; request them by clicking on the “Offsite” button at the bottom of the CLIO record. Delivery time is 2 business days, and turntables are available in the Music & Arts Library, if you don’t have access to your own.

Lastly, don’t forget about music available through our streaming audio databases. These can all also be accessed from off-campus via UNI login.

Please let us know what you think, or if you have any questions or problems:

Naxos Music Library and Naxos Jazz audio now in CLIO

Streaming audio content available on Naxos Music Library and Naxos Jazz is now indexed in CLIO! Over 4,500 records from Naxos Music Library and 1,500 records from Naxos Jazz have been added. This means that when you are searching CLIO, any available Naxos streaming audio content which matches your search will come up, along with the usual results for CDs and LPs held by the Libraries.

The CLIO records include contents, performers, track information, etc. To access the audio, click on the link in the CLIO record which says “Online Link: Naxos Music Library streaming audio”. This will take you to the Naxos record, where you can select the particular track(s) you wish to hear.

If you’re curious about browsing the collection, here’s one way:

  • In CLIO, choose search type = “Keyword”
  • To browse Naxos Music Library content, enter keyword “965naxos”
  • To browse Naxos Jazz content, enter keyword “965naxosjazz”

If you don’t want to have to remember these keywords, you can also just do a keyword search using “naxos” and then add “jazz” or whatever other search terms you like (artists, performers, labels, etc).

For example: keyword = naxos jazz charlie parker

Note that this will also pull up any physical Naxos CDs the library holds that match your search. Streaming audio content is easily distinguishable from CDs by the “ERESOURCES” call number.

Lastly, please note the variety of audio player options available on the Naxos site. If you are experiencing playback problems with one player, try one of the other options. If problems persist, please let us know at

Please have a listen, and let us know if you have any questions, comments, or problems.

E-Resource: Contemporary Music – Gateway to Contemporary Music in France

Contemporary Music is an online resource which provides access to information about contemporary music in France. The site offers access to “124,993 biographies, books, music scores, sound recordings, videos… available in 17 databases”. The site offers a federated search across the holdings of its participating institutions (see here for a definition of federated searching). Users may also browse by institution; so, for example, you can search over 1,900 scientific papers offered by Ircam.

Audio files are mostly offered as excerpts, in streaming audio format. Access to scores is principally via bibliographic records, rather than by access to the full score. Information is provided on how to contact the institution of origin on this material. Scientific papers are offered with some full text (HTML format) with the remainder consisting of online citations only.

There are some limitations to the site. Although offered in both a French and English version (click on the flag symbols to toggle), the English version in many places has French terms in the text and in the search fields. In some cases, references to audio files are provided, but playback does not work. It does not seem possible to sort search results in all of the results screens. Also, some content is restricted to subscribers (for example, Ircam offers links to composers’ biographies in Grove Music Online, but following these links leads to a subscriber login. Note that full-time Columbia affiliates may access the full Grove Music Online via the Columbia Libraries’ standard link, via “Databases” on Library Web).

Despite these minor glitches, this gateway offers a valuable search utility to discover resources on contemporary music in France, with content that would not be easily accessible elsewhere.

‘Art of the States’ – American music in streaming audio

Art of the States” is an interesting website, showcasing American composers and performers, and providing streaming audio (in RealPlayer format) of many works. You can search by composer, performer, instrumentation, time period, or genre. There is also an extensive list of links related to composers, performers, labels, and publishers (it is somewhat buried, under “About Art of the States>>Resources”).

The site also offers some interesting feature presentations, which cover some aspect of music in the collection. For example, the most recent feature offers composer John Harbinson providing an overview of his String Quartet No.3. This item dates from May 2008, so it appears that updates are infrequent. RSS feeds are offered on the website, allowing users to subscribe and be notified with updates when new content is added to the site (for a good intro to using RSS feeds, see this link).

One feature of interest to composers and performers is that the site accepts submissions, for inclusion on the website, and for distribution via broadcast radio networks. Note that Music Dept. faculty Fred Lerdahl and Arthur Kampela have works included on the site. Take a listen!

End-of-semester music reference resources

The final push is on!… and here are some reminders of a few music reference resources that may assist you in your work. Please remember that you can contact us by phone (212-854-4711), by email (, or in person during library hours in the Music & Arts Library, 701 Dodge. Please let us know if we can help!

Many basic resources are gathered together in our Quick Reference Guide, including print resources, and electronic text and audio databases, and indexes to music periodical literature. Try starting with this, and if you have further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Here, in addition, are some more recent resources, not yet listed in our Quick Reference Guide:

  • African American Music Reference – includes “…text reference, biographies, chronologies, sheet music, images, lyrics, liner notes, and discographies which chronicle the diverse history and culture of the African American experience through music.”
  • Encyclopedia of Popular Music – covers popular music genres and periods from 1900 to the present day, including jazz, country, folk, rap, reggae, techno, musicals, and world music.
  • Garland Encyclopedia of World Music – a comprehensive online resource “devoted to music research of all the world’s peoples”. Each volume contains an overview of a geographic region, a survey of its musical heritage, and a description of specific musical genres, practices, and performances.
  • Music Online: Classical Music Reference Library – “… brings together more than 30,000 pages of essential reference materials, spanning the entire history of Western classical music, in a unified online database. Included are the authoritative reference titles Baker’s Dictionary of Music, Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, and Baker’s Student Encyclopedia of Music, which are available for the first time in electronic form”.
  • Opera in Video – database of streaming video of full operas, currently comprising 42 titles.
  • Rock’s Back Pages – rock reviews, articles and interviews from the late 1950s to the present day.

Upcoming Concert, Friday May 9th – Aaron Meicht

On Friday, May 10th, at 7pm, the Music & Arts Library’s own Aaron Meicht will be featured in a concert in the Experimental Music Series at St. Mark’s Church in the East Village, 131 E. 10th St. (at 2nd Ave). Other featured artists are Paula Mathussen and Gisburg.

Aaron has 2 CD’s available in the Library’s collection: CD13760, “Dig the sound live”, and CD13759, “Loud like hemlocks”. Check them out! (Recordings circulate for 2 weeks to Columbia affiliates)