ARSC Journal

Covers the history of sound recording and includes original articles on many aspects of research and preservation: biography; cataloging; copyright law; current research; discography and technical aspects of sound restoration.

Articles from Vol. 44, No. 2, Fall

Albanian Traditional Music: An Introduction, with Sheet Music and Lyrics for 48 Songs
Albanian Traditional Music: An Introduction, with Sheet Music and Lyrics for 48 Songs. By Spiro J. Shetuni. Sheet Music, Lyrics, Bibliography. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2011. Folk music from Albania, particularly from the Central and Southern regions...
An Era Re-Visited: Trinidad & Tobago's Indigenous Calypso Music-First Recordings, First Live Performances, First Music Publishing, and First Recordings on Film from 1900-1950
Trinidad & Tobago's rich musical history dates back to the early 1900s with its first and major recordings having been documented during the period 1900s-1950s. As such, this article focuses on un-packing the history of the indigenous musics of...
Arrau with Szell Live from Carnegie Hall
Arrau with Szell Live from Carnegie Hall. West Hill Radio Archives WHRA-6037 (2 CDs). Claudio Arrau in Recital, 1969-1977. Music & Arts CD-1263 (3 CDs). Claudio Arrau at Tanglewood. West Hill Radio Archives WHRA-6047 (1 CD). This group...
ARSC Journal Highlights 2013-1968
2013 Vol. 44:1 ORIGINAL ARTICLES: The Mighty Monarch of the Air: A Short History of the Short Life of Majestic Records; Leopold Stokowski and His Symphony Orchestra: Personnel rosters for the RCA Victor recordings; 'Looking for slightly more perfection':...
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor. Chorus and Orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival, Wilhelm Furtwangler, Conductor. Brouwenstijn, soprano; Malaniuk, contralto; Windgassen, tenor; Weber, bass. Live recording of 9 August 1954. Orfeo C 851 121B (2 CDs)....
Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61; Romances, Op. 40 & Op. 50
Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61; Romances, Op. 40 & Op. 50. Adolf Busch, Violin; Statsradiofoniens Symfoniorkester conducted by Launy Grondahl (Concerto); WOR Radio Orchestra conducted by Alfred Wallenstein (Romances). Radio broadcasts...
Big Bands Live: Duke Ellington Orchestra
Big Bands Live: Duke Ellington Orchestra. Jazzhaus 101703 (CD, 13 selections; LP, 8 selections). Legends Live: Cannonball Adderley Quintet. Jazzhaus 101712 (CD, 9 selections; LP, 6 selections). Since 1946, the Sudwestrundfunk studios in Stuttgart,...
Black Recording Artists, 1877-1926: An Annotated Discography
Black Recording Artists, 1877-1926: An Annotated Discography. By Craig Martin Gibbs. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2013. 490pp. $95 Here's a curiosity. Most discographies are organized by artist or label. Although this one covers a wide range of genres,...
Books Recently Received
Abbott, Lynn and Doug Seroff. To Do This, You Must Know How: Music Pedagogy in the Black Gospel Quartet Tradition. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2013. Augustyn, Heather. Don Drummond: The Genius and Tragedy of the Worlds Greatest Trombonist....
Copyright & Fair Use
Don't Mess With Us, Kid Want an example of the naked power of industry copyright lobbyists? In mid-2012 the Republican Study Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives issued a memo that criticized current copyright law as "corporate welfare...
Copy, Rip, Burn: The Politics of Copyleft and Open Source
Copy, Rip, Burn: The Politics of Copyleft and Open Source. By Bruce Epperson. London: Pluto Press, 2008. Imagine the tracks of a railroad that pass by a farmer's field. It's the steam-power era, so the locomotives throw off sparks and cinders as...
Creole Trombone: Kid Ory and the Early Years of Jazz
Creole Trombone: Kid Ory and the Early Years of Jazz. By John McCusker. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2012. 250pp (hardcover). Photos, Discography, Notes, Index. ISBN 978-1-61703-626-2; Ebook 978-1-61703-627-9. $35 Edward "Kid" Ory (1886-1973)...
Current Bibliography
News of Publications M&A (merger and acquisition) activity is hot on Wall Street, and apparently it has come to the collecting world as well. After a year of discussion, and member votes, California's Antique Phonograph Society (APS) and the...
Doremi
A new release appearing on DOREMI, Ofra Harnoy and Friends (DHR-6609), provides a fine reminder of the career of a terrific Canadian cellist who was truly the best of her generation. It seems odd to refer to her in the past tense; though only in her...
Giacomo Puccini: A Discography
Giacomo Puccini: A Discography. By Roger Flury. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2012. xvii, 915pp. ISBN 978-0-8108-8154-9. $120 Hardcover Giacomo Puccini: A Discography is one of the most massive undertakings of its type, an over 900-page, 5[1/2]-pound volume...
J. S. Bach: The Suites for Unaccompanied Cello, BWV1007-1012
J. S. Bach: The Suites for Unaccompanied Cello, BWV1007-1012. Andre Navarra, Cello. Calliope/Phaia Music GKMC 904 (3 SACDs). Cellist Andre Navarra (1911-1988) was a vigorous man with powerful hands. In addition to the sumptuous sonorities that he...
Knappertsbusch Conducts Bruckner: Symphonies 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9
Knappertsbusch Conducts Bruckner: Symphonies 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9. Live performances (1944-1959) with various orchestras, Hans Knappertsbusch, Conductor. Music & Arts CD-1256 (6 CDs). Bruno Walter Conducts Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in E-Flat and...
Liszt Illuminated: Claudio Arrau, Jorge Bolet, and Gunnar Johansen, American Liszt Society Medal Laureates
Liszt Illuminated: Claudio Arrau, Jorge Bolet, and Gunnar Johansen, American Liszt Society Medal Laureates. Marston 52065-2 (2 CDs). Marston's celebration of Chopin's bicentenary in 2010 consisted of a 4-CD set (A Century of Romantic Chopin, reviewed...
Marston Records
A cornucopia of historical vocal recordings starts off with The Edison Legacy, Volume 2: Unpublished Treasures of the Edison Archive, issued by Marston Records and produced in conjunction with the Thomas Edison National Historical Park (52025-2, 3...
Mozart: The Last Six Symphonies
Mozart: The Last Six Symphonies. Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer, Conductor. EMI 9 55932 2 (1 Hybrid-SACD). Mendelssohn: Symphonies 3 and 4; Hebrides Overture. Schumann: Symphony No. 4. Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer, Conductor. EMI...
Music 109: Notes on Experimental Music
Music 109: Notes on Experimental Music. By Alvin Lucier. Middletown, CT Wesleyan University Press, 2012. xiv + 218pp (hardcover). Illustrations, Index. ISBN 978-0-81957297-4. Price: $24.95 Those who know the composer Alvin Lucier may know him best...
Music, Sound, and Technology in America: A Documentary History of Early Phonograph, Cinema, and Radio
Music, Sound, and Technology in America: A Documentary History of Early Phonograph, Cinema, and Radio. Edited by Timothy D. Taylor, Mark Katz, and Tony Grajeda. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2012. x + 412pp (softcover). Illustrations, Bibliography,...
Paramount's Rise and Fall: The Roots and History of Paramount Records
Paramount's Rise and Fall: The Roots and History of Paramount Records, 2nd edition. By Alex van der Tuuk. Denver, CO: Mainspring Press, 2012. ISBN 0-98520-042-8 (paperback). $39 While reviewing the hardcover first edition of Alex van der Tuuk's...
Paul Whiteman: Pioneer in American Music, Volume 2: 1930-1967
Paul Whiteman: Pioneer in American Music, Volume 2:1930-1967. By Don Rayno. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 2013, 864pp (hardcover). Illustrations, Discography, Bibliography, Multiple indices. ISBN: 978-0-8108-8204-1. Price: $85 I remember back...
Pictures of Sound: One Thousand Years of Educed Audio, 980-1980
Pictures of Sound: One Thousand Years of Educed Audio, 980-1980. By Patrick Feaster. Atlanta, GA: Dust-to-Digital, 2012. 144pp plus CD with 28 tracks (TT=77:21). $40 Hardcover, Cloth Patrick Feaster is well-known to ARSC members. He and his research...
Recording Culture: Powwow Music and the Aboriginal Recording Industry
Recording Culture: Powwow Music and the Aboriginal Recording Industry. By Christopher A. Scales. Durham: Duke University Press, 2012. 368pp (softcover). Illustrations, CD, Notes, Index. ISBN 978-0-8223-5338-6. $24.95 Christopher Scales' book is...
Recording History: The British Record Industry 1888-1931
Recording History: The British Record Industry 1888-1931. By Peter Martland. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2013. 361pp. Photos. Index. Bibliographical references. ISBN 978-0-8108-8252-2 Peter Martland's doctoral dissertation, A Business History of the...
Robert Ashley
Robert Ashley. By Kyle Gann. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2012. xvi + 152pp (softcover). Examples, Illustrations, Works List, Bibliography, Discography, Index. ISBN 978-0-252-07887-3. Price: $25 In a world where Jonny Greenwood of the band...
Samuel Barber: A Thematic Catalogue of the Complete Works
Samuel Barber: A Thematic Catalogue of the Complete Works. By Barbara B. Heyman. NY: Oxford University Press, 2012. xxxiv + 562pp (hardcover). Illustrations, Bibliography, Discography, Index. ISBN 978-0-19-974464-0. Price: $99 Samuel Barber, who...
Song Means: Analysing and Interpreting Recorded Popular Song
Song Means: Analysing and Interpreting Recorded Popular Song. By Allan F. Moore. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2012. 395pp (hardcover). Music Examples. Bibliography. Index. ISBN 9781409428640 Allan F. Moore, Professor of Popular Music at the University...
Spoken Word: Postwar American Phonograph Cultures
Spoken Word: Postwar American Phonograph Cultures. By Jacob Smith. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011. 266pp (softcover). Illustrations, Notes, Bibliography. ISBN: 978-0-520-26704-6. Price: $29.95 Jacob Smith is an assistant professor...
The New "Non-Baking" Cure for Sticky Shed Tapes: How Forensic Chemistry Saved the Annapolis Sounds Masters
In 1976, Richardson Records produced Annapolis Sounds, a record album intended to preserve the musical heritage of Annapolis. Produced for the National Bicentennial celebration, the recording reflects the character and history of Annapolis, Maryland,...
The Return of Rondo Hatton: The Recordings of Frank Zappa, Volume Five, 1974-1975
The Return of Rondo Hatton: The Recordings of Frank Zappa, Volume Five, 1974-1975. By Scott Parker. Waterbury, Conn.: SPB Publishing, 2012. 397pp (paperback). ISBN 9781479397433 Who Did What: The Audio and Visual Documents of the Who, Volume One,...
This May Be My Last Time Singing: Raw African-American Gospel on 45 RPM 1957-1982
This May Be My Last Time Singing: Raw African-American Gospel on 45 RPM 1957-1982. Tompkins Square TSO2271 (3 CDs). This strange looking compilation by Mike McGonigal is difficult to describe--four hours' worth of restored dubs of very obscure 45-rpm...
Toscanini in Britain
Toscanini in Britain. By Christopher Dyment. Woodbridge: Boydell, 2012. 372pp (hardcover). Discography, Bibliography, Index. ISBN 978-1-84383-789-3 At first glance, a monograph on the topic "Toscanini in Britain" would seem to constitute overkill,...
Ubiquitous Listening: Affect, Attention, and Distributed Subjectivity
Ubiquitous Listening: Affect, Attention, and Distributed Subjectivity. By Anahid Kassabian. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013. 151pp (softcover). Bibliography and Index. ISBN 978-0-520-27516-4 Anahid Kassabian's new book centers upon...
United Classics
A curious release is the Beethoven Complete Piano Concertos from the Dutch concern, United Classics, in classic 1953 recordings by the great pianist Wilhelm Kempff (1895-1991), beautifully accompanied by Paul van Kempen (1893-1955) conducting the Berlin...
Victory through Harmony: The BBC and Popular Music in World War II
Victory through Harmony: The BBC and Popular Music in World War II. By Christina L. Baade. NY: Oxford University Press, 2012. 275pp. Photos. Index. Bibiliographical references. ISBN 978-0-19-537201-4 Victory through Harmony is a study of the role...
Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen-Deluxe Limited Edition
Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen--Deluxe Limited Edition. Birgit Nilsson, Wolfgang Windgassen, Hans Hotter, George London, Kirsten Flagstad, Gustav Neidlinger, Paul Kuen, Gerhard Stolze, Kurt Bb'hm, Walter Kreppel, Jean Madeira, Gottlob Frick, Dietrich...
West Hill Radio Associates
From West Hill Radio Associates, the Canadian division of Music & Arts, we have an important box set of early recordings of the Juilliard String Quartet, recorded by Columbia 1949-1952, The Juilliard String Quartet Plays Bartok, Schoenberg, Berg...
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