Created under the auspices of the Danmarks Elektroniske Fag- og Forskningsbibliotek, Det virtuelle musikbibliotek is an online database that provides a permanent, dynamic Web portal for music resources in public Danish institutions. The site, which is fully bilingual in Danish and English, includes a database of contemporary Danish music and composers, sound clips, sheet music (including facsimiles), bibliographies, discographies, a topical guide to special collections, and links to the full texts of articles in Danish music journals.
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- Smithsonian Collections Object: The Sony TPS-L2 “Walkman” Cassette Player, National Museum of American HistoryFor it [the Walkman] permits the possibility…of imposing your soundscape on the surrounding aural environment and thereby domesticating the external world: for a moment, it can all be brought under the STOP/START, FAST FOWARD, PAUSE and REWIND buttons. –Iain Chambers, “The … Continue reading →
- Ella Fitzgerald and “How high the moon”In 1947 Ella Fitzgerald, already an acclaimed singer of jazz standards, toured with Dizzy Gillespie, immersing herself in the new style known as bebop. Like Dizzy, Ella responded to bebop’s complex harmonies with an infallible ear, and easily translated its … Continue reading →
- Ma Rainey’s “Prove it on me”Gertrude “Ma” Rainey’s Prove it on me blues affirms her independence from orthodox norms by boldly celebrating her lesbianism. Rainey’s sexual involvement with women was no secret with both colleagues and audiences. The advertisement for the song (above, click to … Continue reading →
- Rousseau and Aunt RhodyThe American traditional song Go tell Aunt Rhody originated as a gavotte composed by Jean-Jacques Rousseau for his opera Le devin du village (1752). An English version of the opera was produced in London in 1766; subsequently the melody attracted … Continue reading →
- Smithsonian Collections Object: The Sony TPS-L2 “Walkman” Cassette Player, National Museum of American History