While digitizing recordings by Sergei Rachmaninoff at the Recorded Sound Archives, we found some interesting facts about Rachmaninoff that you may not of known. Such as did you know….
1. Rachmaninoff was twice offered the position of conductor at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He refused both times.
2. Aside from being a magnificent composer, Rachmaninoff was also a man of strong moral character. In 1912, Rachmaninoff resigned from his position as vice-president of the Russian Musical Society in protest to a musician being dismissed from his duties because he was Jewish.
3. Rachmaninoff’s last piano recital included Chopin’s Sonata no. 2, which includes a famous funeral march. Rachmaninoff died 40 days after performing the funeral march. Rachmaninoff’s composition All Night Vigil was sung at his funeral.
Want to learn more about Sergei Rachmaninoff and his music?
Click here to listen to over 40 recordings that have been digitized and learn more about the life of Sergei Rachmaninoff.
Did you know the Recorded Sound Archives at FAU Libraries has over 49,000 albums along with over 150,000 songs in its databases, which is growing everyday with the help of volunteers? With so many recordings to choose from, we have given Research Station users the ability to request items be digitized.
See a recording that hasn’t been digitized?
As a research station user you can request it using the Music on Demand forms on the website.
Please note, due to copyright some of these recordings may only play for 45 second snippet to give the user a taste of what this music sounded like back in the day, if you are interested in full access considering applying for Research Station Access.
Below you’ll find a list of recordings that were recently added in September by Collection from requests made by Research Station Users.
Prayers from Jerusalem by Naftali Herstik
Zemirot – Turkish-Sephardic Synagogue Hymns by Los Pasharos Sefaradis
Oriental Song Festival 1973 by Various Artists
A Song of the Heights by Andrew Edison & Norman Summers
Tanchumim by Various Artists
A World of Jewish Music by Allan Michelson
Blue Star Camp – 1984 by Ted Grey
30 Golden Moments of Music by The Epstein Brothers
Lamenatseach Shir Mizmor – Oriental Song Festival 1974 – Volume 2 by Various Artists
Tsur Mi’Shelo Achalnu – Famous Traditional Sephardic Hymns by Renanim Choir
Achva by Various Artists
Ismach Moshe by Sawel Kwartin
Al Taschlicheinu by Sawel Kwartin
Erev Shel Shoshanim by Various Artists
Gems of the Synagogue by Josef Rosenblatt
My Mother’s Sabbath Candles (Sung in Yiddish) by The Malavsky Family
The Bells of St. Mary’s by Charlie Spivak and his Orchestra
Hit of the Week Collection
High Holy Days Collection
Six new Mischa Elman compilations from the Recorded Sound Archives at FAU Libraries
The Judaica Sound Archives at FAU Libraries has created six digitized compilations from 77 original 78 rpm recordings of world famous Jewish violinist, Mischa Elman.
All these recordings were originally produced between 1906 and 1921.
Click here for Mischa Elman’s biographical notes.
Click here to hear Mischa Elman’s digitized recordings at the Judaica Sound Archives.
Click here to see a video of Mischa Elman playing Humoresque.
This film short, produced in 1926 by Vitaphone Sound Pictures, demonstrated a new technology as innovative and exciting in its day as the first i-phone. A year later the first feature-length talking motion picture, “The Jazz Singer,” put an end to silent movies.