Monday, December 27, 2010

UPDATE: NML App for Android Now Live!

The brand spankin' new NML App for Android is now live! Find it on the Android Market by searching "Naxos Music Library" (or just "Naxos" if you're into brevity) or hit this QR code with your Droid.

You will be able to listen to personal, institutional, and Naxos-created playlists as well as browse and stream the full NML on the go from your Droid!

Institutional Users

1. Visit the NML. If you are a member of an institution like a school, university, or public library, you can visit your institution’s unique webpage (ex. Ask your librarian or contact us here at Naxos if you’re not sure how to get there.

2. Navigate to the Playlists tab and sign up for a Student/Member Playlist Account. You will receive a confirmation e-mail to the e-mail address you used to sign up. Click the link in the e-mail to confirm your account.

3. The login you created for your Student/Member Playlist Account will be your login for the app as well.

4. Any playlist in your personal folder or your institution’s folder will be available, in addition to all of our Naxos-created playlists. You can also browse and stream the full NML--from New Releases and Recent Additions to any old recording from any label--anytime, anywhere.

Individual Users

You will not need to adjust anything to use the app. Just use your normal NML login to log in to the app.

As always, if you have any questions or need help with the app, please call or e-mail me!

Pro (mobile) musica,



Monday, December 20, 2010

NML App for Android Goes Live 12.27.10

We've heard that some people (clearly silly ones) think that classical music is behind the times.
We, keepers of the NML, disagree.
We think you should be able to listen to a Barbara Strozzi aria or a Mahler symphony just as easily as a Janelle Monae album. So we continue to work on making our music as mobile as possible.

You probably already know about our apps for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch--but Apple Resisters can now prepare to rejoice, because...

The Naxos Music Library App for Android will go live on December 27, 2010!

You will be able to listen to personal, institutional, and Naxos-created playlists as well as browse and stream the full NML on the go from your Droid!

Just search the Android Market for "Naxos Music Library" to download the free app!

Once the app is installed, it's time to make sure you have some playlists!

Institutional Users

1. Visit the NML. If you are a member of an institution like a school, university, or public library, you can visit your institution’s unique webpage (ex. Ask your librarian or contact us here at Naxos if you’re not sure how to get there.

2. Navigate to the Playlists tab and sign up for a Student/Member Playlist Account. You will receive a confirmation e-mail to the e-mail address you used to sign up. Click the link in the e-mail to confirm your account.

3. The login you created for your Student/Member Playlist Account will be your login for the app as well.

4. Any playlist in your personal folder or your institution’s folder will be available, in addition to all of our Naxos-created playlists. You can also browse and stream the full NML--from New Releases and Recent Additions to any old recording from any label--anytime, anywhere.

Individual Users.

You will not need to adjust anything to use the app. Just use your normal NML login to log in to the app!

We'd like to also take a moment to give a big thank you to our developers. The app works and looks great--all that hard work has paid off. So THANK YOU!

As always, if you have any questions or need help with the app, please call or e-mail me!

In the meantime, check out these action shots.

Pro (mobile) musica,



Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Respect the Classics

Sometimes I think the big names in classical music get a bum rap just for being well known. Maybe it's a form of classical music hipsterism. So on this, his 240th birthday, it's time to show some respect to The Most Classic of Classical Composers. He's the one everyone knows, and for good reason. It's 1770. Enter Ludwig van Beethoven.

Born in Bonn in 1770, the eldest son of a singer in the Kapelle of the Archbishop-Elector of Cologne and grandson of the Archbishop's Kapellmeister, Beethoven moved in 1792 to Vienna, where he had some lessons from Haydn and others, quickly establishing himself as a remarkable keyboard-player and original composer. By 1815 increasing deafness made public performance impossible and accentuated existing eccentricities of character, patiently tolerated by a series of rich patrons and his royal pupil the Archduke Rudolph. Beethoven did much to enlarge the possibilities of music and widen the horizons of later generations of composers. To his contemporaries he was sometimes a controversial figure, making heavy demands on listeners both by the length and by the complexity of his writing, as he explored new fields of music.

Stage Works

Beethoven wrote only one opera, eventually called Fidelio after the name assumed by the heroine Leonora, who disguises herself as a boy and takes employment at the prison in which her husband has been unjustly incarcerated. This escape opera, for which there was precedent in contemporary France, ends with the defeat of the evil prison governor and the rescue of Florestan, testimony to the love and constancy of his wife Leonora. Beethoven contemplated other operas, but eventually only wrote the one, first staged in 1805 and mounted again in a revised performance in 1814, under more favourable circumstances. The ballet The Creatures of Prometheus was staged in Vienna in 1801, and he wrote incidental music for various other dramatic productions, including Goethe's Egmont, von Kotzebue's curious The Ruins of Athens, and the same writer's King Stephen.

Choral and Vocal Music

Beethoven's most impressive choral work is the Missa Solennis, written for the enthronement of his pupil Archduke Rudolph as Archbishop of Olmutz, but finished too late for that occasion. An earlier work, the oratorio The Mount of Olives, is less well known. In common with other composers, he wrote a number of songs. Of these the best known are probably the settings of Goethe, which did little to impress the venerable poet and writer, who ignored their existence, and the cycle of six songs known as An die ferne Geliebte (To the Distant Beloved). The song Adelaide is challenging but not infrequently heard.

Orchestral Music

Beethoven completed nine symphonies, works that influenced the whole future of music by the expansion of the traditional classical form. The best known are the Third, "Eroica", originally intended to celebrate the initially republican achievements of Napoleon, the Fifth, the Sixth, "Pastoral", and the Ninth, "Choral". The less satisfactory Battle Symphony celebrates the earlier military victories of the Duke of Wellington. For the theatre and various other occasions Beethoven wrote a number of Overtures, including four for his only opera, Fidelio, one under that name and the others under the name of the heroine, Leonora. Other Overtures include Egmont, Coriolan, Prometheus, The Consecration of the House and The Ruins of Athens. Beethoven completed one violin concerto and five piano concertos, as well as a triple concerto for violin, cello and piano, and a curious Choral Fantasia,for solo piano, chorus and orchestra. The piano concertos were for the composer's own use in concert performance. The Fifth, the so-called "Emperor" Concerto, is possibly the most impressive. The single Violin Concerto is part of the standard repertoire, with two Romances, possible slow movements for an unwritten violin concerto.

Chamber Music

Beethoven wrote ten sonatas for violin and piano, of which the "Spring" and the "Kreutzer" are particular favourites with audiences. He extended very considerably the possibilities of the string quartet, even with his first, Opus 18 set of quartets, but it is possibly the named quartets, the group of three dedicated to Prince Razumovsky and known, therefore, as the Razumovsky Quartets, Opus 59, that are best known. The later string quartets offer great challenges to both players and audience, and include the remarkable Grosse Fuge (Great Fugue) a gigantic work, discarded as the final movement of the String Quartet, Opus 130, and published separately. Other chamber music includes a number of Trios for violin, cello and piano, with the "Archduke" Trio pre-eminent and the "Ghost" Trio a close runner-up, for very different reasons. The Cello Sonatas and sets of Variations for cello and piano, including one set based on Handel's See here the conquering hero comes and others on operatic themes from Mozart, are a valuable part of any cellist's repertoire. Chamber music with wind instruments and piano include a Quintet, Op. 16, for piano, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon.

Piano Music

Beethoven's 32 numbered piano sonatas make full use of the developing form of piano, with its wider range and possibilities of dynamic contrast. There are also interesting sets of variations, including a set based on God save the King and another on Rule, Britannia, variations on a theme from the Eroica Symphony and a major work based on a theme by the publisher Diabelli. The best known of the sonatas are those that have earned themselves affectionate nicknames, the Pathétique, Op. 13, Moonlight, Op. 27/2, Waldstein, Op. 53, Appassionata, Op. 57, Les Adieux, Op. 81a, and the Hammerklavier, Op. 106. Less substantial piano pieces include three sets of Bagatelles, and the all too well known FŸr Elise, with the Rondo a capriccio, known in English as Rage over a Lost Penny.

Dance Music

Famous composers like Haydn and Mozart were also employed in the practical business of providing dance music for court and social occasions. Beethoven wrote a number of sets of Minuets, German Dances and Contredanses, ending with the so-called Mödlinger Dances, written for performers at a neighbouring inn during a summer holiday outside Vienna.

So celebrate his incredible contributions--from his commanding and revolutionary use of harmony to his single-handed establishment of what would become the romantic symphonic form--by doing some exploratory listening. Personally, I'm going to spend some time with his less-known vocal works.

Pro musica,

Monday, December 6, 2010

NML iPhone App Tutorial

Here's a step-by-step guide to setting up the Naxos Music Library iPhone App.

If you have questions or concerns, please e-mail me for assistance at

Pro musica,

Friday, November 19, 2010

Monday, November 8, 2010

App News!

Hey there NMLers!

It is a new week and I have here, flowing through my fingers especially for you, a quick update with some excellent news.
App news, to be specific.

NML iPhone App:
Our app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod has been getting a lot of use since its release last year. We worked out the bugs and upped the pretty factor for version 2.0.
But now we're getting ready for some more updates!
3.0 is currently in testing. The biggest new feature is multitasking so you can keep working/playing/looking at pictures of kittens while your music plays!

NML Droid App
The developers are almost done with the long-promised app for Android! It's also in the final testing stages. If all goes according to plan, we hope to have this app out around December 1!
Get excited, iPhone mutineers!
(No screen shots yet, but we promise to put some up once the date gets closer.)

As always, please call or write if we can answer any questions about the apps-- current standing or coming updates--or the NML. We're always here to help!

Pro musica,

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Opera in the Present Tense

If you're not an active opera fan you may not know that there's opera other than La Bohème performed in America. No, I don't mean Carmen. Or The Mikado.

I mean opera composed by people who are still alive. This is exciting to me not only due to the excellence of the music, the brilliance of the singers, and the incredible vistas of the sets which are art in themselves. It excites me because there is new life constantly being breathed into the genre.

Here's a sampling of some new American opera that's making waves.

Il Postino--Daniel Catán
Based on the 1994 film by the same name as well as the 1985 novel Ardiente Paciencia by Antonio Skármeta, this opera addresses the end of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda's life in exile from his homeland. Premiered at LA Opera in August 2010.

Shadowboxer--Frank Proto and John Chenault
Based on the tumultuous personal life of boxer Joe Louis. Premiered at the University of Maryland's Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in April 2010. Along with the pit, the opera calls for an 8-piece jazz combo onstage.

Moby Dick--Jake Heggie
Exactly what it sounds like. This adaptation of the classical Melville novel had a positively triumphant premiere with an all-star cast at the Dallas Opera in April 2010.

The Inspector--John Musto
To be premiered in April 2011 by the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. Loosely based on Gogol's satire The Government Inspector.

Orpheus and Euridice--Ricky Ian Gordon
Orpheus and Euridice saw a smashing success in 2008 at Long Beach Opera. The work casts a soprano as Euridice and a clarinetist as Orpheus, both of whom dance throughout the opera.

Paradise Lost--Eric Whitacre
Whitacre is primarily known for his choral works and caused quite a stir when, at a very high point in his popularity, he announced this work. A mixture of styles was used in what he calls "music theatre." Inspired heavily by Japanese anime and manga, the show melds opera with musical theatre, electronica, film score, and Asian drumming.

Madame White Snake--Zhou Long
A classical Chinese transformation myth about a white snake demon who turns into a beautiful woman in order to experience love. Premiered February 2010, Opera Boston.

Before Night Falls--Jorge Martín
Produced by the Fort Worth Opera (my hometown, by the way) in May 2010, this work is based on the book and subsequent film of the same name. The story is autobiographical, a look at the life, imprisonment, and escape of Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas.

Two Boys--Nico Muhly
The first opera from the 28-year old darling of the "nonclassical" genre, this is said to be the story of a murder hatched by two young men in a chat room. To be premiered at the ENO in 2011.

National Opera Week wraps up on Sunday, November 7. I hope that you will enjoy some more opera before that day and beyond!

Pro musica,


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

National Opera Week Festivities!

National Opera Week is October 29-November 7, 2010!

I find that people rarely take a neutral position on opera.* They tend to love or hate opera, laud or lambaste it. But at least during National Opera Week, I encourage you to have equal-opportunity ears--you might just find something you'll love.
Below you will find some links and catalog numbers so you can check this out for yourself!

According to OPERA America, National Opera Week is not only a week to promote opera across the country, but is also a time to continue celebrating the accomplishments of the 2010 NEA Opera Honors recipients: Soprano Martina Arroyo, General Director David DiChiera, Composer Philip Glass and Music Director Eve Queler. If you are lucky enough to live somewhere fancy, you might have access to a free event, open recitals, and more.

If your hometown doesn't have these types of offerings, you can always worship at the temple of La Divina from home** by reading, watching, and listening. You can even sing if you are so inclined and your neighbors are out of town.***

People Who Talk About Opera:
Opera Chic- If you were unaware, snarkiness is beloved in opera, and Opera Chic knows how to do it right. There's also opera news.
Operagasm- Don't worry about the name, the site is both practical for opera singers and hilarious for all parties.
Opera Tattler- Opera reviews and chat in San Fran and beyond.
An Unamplified Voice- Met Opera Reviews.

People Who Do Opera and Talk About It (Or Have Their Publicists Talk About It) Later:
Joyce DiDonato
Nicholas Phan
Anna Netrebko

Opera Houses:
Metropolitan Opera (Also check out the fabulous Met Player!!!)
New York City Opera
Washington National Opera
Houston Grand Opera
Royal Opera House
Teatro Colon

In the NML:
Mozart, Le nozze di Figaro-- 8.660102-04
Verdi, Tosca-- HCD31096-97
Strauss, Ariadne auf Naxos--C67166-67
Bellini, La Sonnambula--NEI232475
Tchaikovsky, Eugene Onegin--ALC2007
Wagner, Tristan und Isolde--8.660152-54
Britten, Peter Grimes--LSO0054
Donizetti, Lucia di Lammermoor--CDS576
Adams, Nixon in China--8.669022-24

So get in the spirit, will you?

Pro musica,

*My position is staunchly pro-opera.
**Preferably in pajamas with a glass of wine.
***Just kidding, who cares if your neighbors are there?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Oh, there's more.

I expect that many of you are quite familiar with the classical realm of the NML. It’s what most institutions and individuals subscribe for, it makes up the greatest portion of our catalogue, and Naxos is a classical record label. It all makes sense.
What you may not know is that we have other stuff on the NML. Lots of other stuff.

We’re going to do a few posts on that “other stuff,” highlighting certain labels, popular artists and albums on the NML, different genres that can be found, and more.

To open this up, let’s talk about one of our favorite popular music sources in the NML: selections from the Sun Records catalogue.

You may be familiar with Sun Records as an historic record company in Memphis, TN or simply as the place where Elvis got his start. If you’re interested in learning more about the history, artists, recordings, and future of Sun Records, check out their website at

Sun Records
Founded: 1952, Memphis, TN
Founder: Sam Phillips
Styles: Rockabilly, gospel, blues, hillbilly, country, boogie, western swing
Key Artists: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Charlie Rich, Conway Twitty, Howlin’ Wolf

Found it on the NML:

Johnny Cash: Greatest Hits-Finest Performances

Patsy Cline: Classics

Howlin’ Wolf: The Memphis Sessions

Jerry Lee Lewis: Jerry Lee’s Greatest

Roy Orbison: At the Rock House

Charlie Rich: The Memphis Sound

Merle Haggard: Classics

The Dixie Cups: Chapel of Love

So anyway, lend an ear to those golden sounds of the past.
And don't shoot me if you contend that this music doesn't belong to the past.

I am, as always, pro musica-

Friday, October 15, 2010

Spooky Playlist Part II

Some people I know like it when the spooky sneaks up on them. They listen to those songs that you don’t notice creeping you out until you’re already totally creeped out. Some of these are like that, all chamber-y and quietly weird. But some of them are big and intense like the sounds that always happen in horror movies. Those creep me out at my desk at work in the middle of the day. In April.

Where Part 1 was mostly programmatic symphonic music of the romantic period, these pieces tend to be less traditional in their instrumentation and their sound. So. Enjoy!

Spooky Playlist Part the Second:

Sonata for Solo Cello, op. 8

HCD31046 Tr. 3-5


BIS-CD-509 Tr. 8


Black Angels "13 Images from the Dark Land", "Images I"

BCD9139 Tr. 9-21





9.50022 Tr. 1


Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima

0010122BC Disc 2 Tr. 5

Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta (Mvmt III- Adagio)

HSACD32510 Tr. 3


1C1113 Tr. 3


Quatour pour la fin du temps
CHAN10480 Tr. 8-15

And of course, my favorite:

Pro musica,


Friday, October 1, 2010

Spooky Playlist Part I

I know that October has barely managed to arrive and I'm already bludgeoning it to death with autumn/harvest/Halloween hoodlum-ery. I can't help it. I'm just excitable.
In honor of the advent of The Spookiest of Months I give you:

Spooky Playlist: Part the First*
A sampling of the creepy classics to suit all of your spooky needs

Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 538, "Dorian"

Tr. 10-11

Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542

Tr. 4

Prelude and Fugue on the name B-A-C-H, S260/R381
Tr. 1-2

Pictures at an Exhibition –The Hut on Fowl’s Legs (Baba Yaga)
Tr. 20

Symphony Fantastique (Mvmt. V- Ronde du Sabbat)

LSO0007 Tr. 5

4 Sea Interludes (Mvmt. 1- Dawn and mvmt. 4- Storm)

Tr. 34-37

Alexander Nevsky (Mvmt. V- The Battle on Ice)

Tr. 5

Mussorgsky (arr. Rimsky-Korsakov)
St. John’s
Night on Bald Mountain, “A Night on the Bare Mountain
Tr. 17

Messa da Requiem (Dies irae, dies illa)

Tr. 2

Le Sacre du Printemps (esp. Patr II, The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance)

Tr. 14

Peer Gynt Suite (Mvmt. IV- In the Hall of the Mountain King)

Tr. 4

Carmina Burana (Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi: O Fortuna)

Tr. 1

Firebird Suite (mvmt. 5- Danse infernale du roi Kastchei)
Tr. 5

The Isle of the Dead

Tr. 1

Danse Macabre

Tr. 4

El Amor Brujo (Danza Ritual del Fuego)

Tr. 8

Sonata for Solo Cello, op. 8

Tr. 3-5

I leave you with this gem, which is unfortunately not in the NML and therefore does not qualify for the playlist but is excellent all the same.

*Part the Second is forthcoming and will contain other brands of creepiness.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Icons for Sign and Website Use

Here are a few icons just in case you need them! You can use these:

1. on your library signage to promote your subscriptions to the Naxos Online Libraries
2. on your library site to link directly to the services
3. in other places because you are so creative! I was thinking maybe buttons to show your music library pride. Or a knitting pattern! Maybe? It's up to you.

If you are using this on your library's site, be sure to link to your school/library's unique URL if you want users to log in automatically. For example, link to instead of

I hope these will cover your needs for now!
Please drop me a line if you have questions or ideas to share (or if you need more icons!).

Pro musica,


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Calling All App Users!

So you have downloaded an app for the NML, NMLJ or NSWL.

That's great…unless you can’t use it.

What I have heard from a lot of librarians and professors lately is that they need an easy step-by-step guide to setting the app up for first time use. Here by popular demand is just such a guide!

Creating a Personal/Student Playlist for Naxos Apps

The iPhone app was designed with our institutional users in mind, so a subscription through a university, library, school, or orchestra works. It just works little differently on an iPhone than on a computer.

For one thing, it does NOT require any work with IP authentication or the university's proxy server.

To generate a login for the NML app, you should:

1. Visit the NML page for your institution (library, university, school, orchestra, etc.) from a computer by going through the institution’s unique URL:

2. Navigate to the Playlist area and click “Sign Up” in the "Personal/Student" playlist account area.

3. Create a login on the sign up page. This login, consisting of your email address and a custom password, then becomes your login for the app.

See the tutorial below if you need help creating a personal/student playlist account.

Once you are fully signed up you will have access to the institution’s playlists and you can create your own customized playlists as well. I recommend creating a playlist on a computer before attempting to access through the app. For some reason it seems to make your first access run more smoothly.

You can also use the app to search and browse the full NML anytime, anywhere! That means you can stream music anytime, anywhere!

Happy Mobile Browsing, Music Lovers!

Pro musica,

Librarians: Please feel free to share or link this on your library’s website, as well as share or embed the YouTube tutorial to help your patrons use the NML more effectively.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Lions and Tigers and Dragons, Oh My! The Music of Video Games

Hi Friends,

Ever wonder what we're really like - as the "voices" behind the NML in the US? Well look no further than the latest blog posting on the official Naxos of America blog, Portara! Head on over and have a listen - it's music you may have never heard before!

Happy Gaming!

Join in the conversation!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Living Music

When most people think of classical music they think of the tried and true standbys of opera and orchestra—Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Verdi, Debussy, and so on.
You know, the dead white guys.
But when you love classical music like we do, you know that we also need to look forward in order to keep it growing and vital.
Today I want to briefly look at a few living composers who continue to change the face of art music by pushing boundaries, blending uncommon elements, or just quietly filling the world with the beautiful.

David Lang (b. 1957)
I have a slight obsession with the work of Bang On A Can co-founder David Lang. I’m deep in score study on his Pulitzer Prize-winning Little Match Girl Passion for SATB soli and percussion. Lang’s work is known to be quite easy on the ear-- especially as far as postminimalist composers go—but it is in truth mathematically conceived, heavily structured, and driven by fidelity to meter. Pieces like his orchestral work Pierced demonstrate the surprisingly accessible result of this percussionist’s metrical attention.
Lang also pushes the boundaries of art music by bringing in popular references. From Jimi Hendrix (Are You Experienced?) to reworking the Velvet Underground tune “Heroin” into an 11-minute, lush motivic meditation for voice and cello.

Found it on the NML:
- Pierced / 8.559615 / orch
- Heroin / 8.559615 / chamber
- Are you Experienced? / CHAN9363 / orch
- Memory Pieces / INNOVA734 / solo piano

Hilary Tann ( b. 1947)
Tann is a Welsh-born composer now living and working in the U.S. Her compositional style is often described as being reflective of her environmental background in Wales: lyrical, unvarnished, spare. The lyricism in her works, however, is at little risk for mawkishness by virtue of the composer’s astute attention to texture and harmony.
The Moor, an a cappella duet for soprano and mezzo-soprano, pits two voices, two textures, two rhythmic functions, against one another and allows them to rub and pass one another like feet on a bare floor. Though Tann’s Welsh heritage informs much of her output, she is known to draw inspiration from yet another culture noted for appreciation of simplicity. After cultivating a musicological interest for some time, Tann took a short teaching residence in the Kansai region of Japan and pursued study of the shakuhachi, or Japanese bamboo flute, which appears in several of her works.

Found it on the NML:
- Llef / PH05019 / chamber
- The Cresset Stone / PH05019 / chamber
- Shakkei / NSR1048 / orch

Osvaldo Golijov (b. 1960)
Born in Argentina to Eastern-European Jewish parents, Osvaldo Golijov spent his early life surrounded by tango, klezmer, Jewish liturgical, and classical chamber music. From this uncommon musical soup came a composer with a singular voice and a broad compositional scope.
Golijov’s music can swing between Jewish and Latin American cultures with astonishing speed, though most of his pieces have a prevailing cultural language. His work La Pasion Segun San Marcos (St. Mark Passion) is a massive bombshell of a piece, turning the genre dominated by Bach on its ear with blaring brass, pulsating percussion, and Spanish text. Other pieces, such as klezmer-influenced works Yiddishbbuk and Rocketeyka, have a distinctly Jewish tone. Still others, like Mariel for cello and marimba and much of his vocal work recorded by Dawn Upshaw, simply showcase a composer with an acutely advanced harmonic language.

Found it on the NML:
- La Pasion Segun San Marcos / CD98.404 / oratorio
- Yiddishbbuk / DSL-92108 / chamber
- Tenebrae / ORC100012 / chamber

Pro musica,


Friday, August 13, 2010

Hey, Good-Lookin'

You may have noticed some changes taking place that are starting to make this blog look pretty good. For instance, the orange-and-tan combo is gone! Things have been streamlined and reorganized! It could be 2010 instead of 1999!

But upping the pretty factor is not the only change that will be taking place on the NML blog.
In fact, we are going to blow this thing wide open.

From now on we plan to make this blog more functional and up-to-date. We want to make getting information a simple and enjoyable experience for you. We want to open up our content to include things that we are passionate about: more music content, more arts education content, more in general as we will be posting every week.

Don’t worry; you will still get your updates on the tech and usage side of the NML.

But along with those updates, maybe you’ll find something excellent to listen to, a point to raise in class, or a new angle on an issue. Maybe you’ll just get to know us better and feel more comfortable asking questions.

Want to get involved in what we’ve got cooking? Let us know what you want to see here by commenting, e-mailing, tweeting, or facebooking us.

We wanted to make things better for you because that’s what we are about--making classical music accessible.

Pro musica,


Friday, July 30, 2010

New Feature: Search Composer by Work!

The NML has always allowed you to search for music by composer and artist. But now we have a great feature that lets you search a composer’s NML recordings by work rather than album!

Curious how many recordings of Beethoven’s 5th we’ve got? Browse over to Ludwig himself and have a look!

Need to see if we’ve got a recording of an abstract percussion and harp piece? Now you can, quickly and easily!

In light of the developments, here’s an easy step-by-step guide to searching a composer’s recordings by work. I'm going to use Ravel's Sheherazade as an example.

Getting Started

Once you click on the “Composers” tab you will automatically be dropped onto the list of composers whose last names begin with A.

From that screen you will simply select the letter of the composer’s last name under “Available Filters.”

Scroll down to find the appropriate composer and click on your chosen composer. This will take you to the composer’s page with a short bio and a rundown of the media in which that person composed—here called “category.”

Dual Search Tabs

Below the bio you will see two tabs: View by Album and View by Work.

View by work is now the default tab, but you can view by album if you choose to.

Here we see an alphabetical listing of the composer’s works with genre/category as well as other information. You can scroll through the list and click on the work to pull up a page with work details and information and a list of recordings on which this work appears.

Search by Category

You can also narrow your search by choosing to view only certain categories of the works. Click on the pull-down menu that reads “All Categories” and select your chosen category. This will take you to a page comprised solely of the composer’s works in that category.

Then you can easily select your chosen recording in the usual manner!

So there you go!

This wonderful new feature should help you find recordings more accurately in a shorter period of time. Efficiency leads to more music, friends.

And more music is always a good thing.

Pro musica,


Join in the conversation!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Naxos Music Library on YouTube!

Greetings Music Lovers!

By now I hope you all have seen the Naxos Online Libraries YouTube channel. Although only a few months old, there are 6 videos up with more on the way.
Share these videos on Twitter, Facebook, on blogs, websites, or however you'd like!

What tutorials would you like to see added to our list?



Wednesday, June 9, 2010

User Inspired Development - Usage Statistics Reporting

Hi All,

We've got some pretty awesome (and big) news for you all! Our next NML design and development feature was 100% inspired by your feedback. Thanks for all of the help, support, and suggestions over the past few months!

You wanted better Usage Statistics.
You're 'gettin 'em!

Soon, the Naxos Online Library usage statistics windows will offer some great new features. We've taken some screenshots below of the new features. Be sure to comment below, email, or stop by our booths at the League of American Orchestras conference and ALA Annual Meetings later this month with all of your ideas and suggestions!

** As always, the development information and screenshots are taken from our test servers. Information, presentation, features, and everything else can (and most likely will) change from what's posted below. We're simply excited to give you a sneak peek!**

  • Standard View Updated!
Nothing will change as far as "how" you access your usage stats. You'll still log in with your Administrator or Librarian account. However, now, the stats will load on the main NML page! No more crazy pop-ups!

There are a few things to note on this screen. First, all of the relevant data is available for a "6 month" snapshot by default.

  • Export to Excel!
Now, you'll be able to export whatever window you're viewing directly to an excel spreadsheet! You can export any of the windows we'll show below, so go crazy! Here's a screenshot of what the excel export looks like.

  • Top 20!
Want to see what you're users are listening to? Curious about what's most popular in your subscription? With the "Top 20" view, you'll be able to see what's most popular.

Our Orchestra friends will be able to see what type of music interests their subscrbers. Imagine knowing exactly what to program for next year!

  • Daily and Hourly Breakdowns!
Want even MORE information? Not a problem! Just like before, you can break stats down by day. Check daily usage, track information, and much more. A new "Hourly" stats feature has also been added.

Here are a few screenshots that show the process from top to bottom. The Red arrows show the "click" progression down the page.

Once you expand the window to the Hourly view, you're able to export THAT to Excel too!

We hope you enjoy these little previews of things to come. I know I LOVE showing off so many of the cool development features. The changes could go live as early as next week (6.16.10), but no promises!

Have questions or comments? Feel free to re-post this blog, write, or call anytime!

Happy Statistical Analysis,

Nick D'Angiolillo

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