Celebrate High Holy Days with Music from the RSA!

By , September 30, 2016 3:24 pm

High Holy Days Collection Looking for music to celebrate the High Holy Days this year? Look no further, the Recorded Sound Archives has a collection of over 40 recordings for you to choose from and share and enjoy with your family.

Included in this collection is a mixture of cantors, and other musicians such as Leibele Waldman, Gershon Sirota , Moishe Oysher, Shimon and Ilana Gewirtz, Ramon Tasat and Cindy Paley.


Click here to view this collection.

Click here to view past blog posts on the High Holy Days.

3 Interesting Facts about Sergei Rachmaninoff

By , June 13, 2016 8:15 am

Sergei Rachmaninoff Playing PianoWhile 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.

Translations of Russian Music Titles Allowed FAU Graduate to Give Back

By , May 24, 2016 12:51 pm

Russian Music Titles TranslatedBOCA RATON, Fla. (Feb. 1, 2016)  ─ A year before Ekaterina Pervova graduated from Florida Atlantic University, she went to the Wimberly Library’s Recorded Sound Archives (RSA) and inquired about a volunteer assignment. One of the 19-year-old’s first assignments was translating the titles of classical music recordings from Russian into English. Pervova, who was later hired as a student worker at the RSA, can’t imagine a more rewarding use of her free time.

“I think that Florida Atlantic University has given me so much that it was important to find a way to give something back,” said Pervova, who in May earned a B.S. degree in psychology from FAU. “It was an amazing opportunity. I am very grateful.”

Volunteers have always been an integral part of FAU Libraries, but a couple of years ago, the Wimberly Library’s staff noticed more students were inquiring about volunteer assignments. Carol Hixson, Dean of University Libraries, supports such involvement, and in fact, has organized a program to recruit and involve students in meaningful volunteer roles throughout the library.

“Some of our students have free time throughout the day and many of them spend a great deal of that time in the library,” said Hixson. “We encourage students to take advantage of volunteer and internship opportunities within the Libraries as a way of learning more about our collections and services and gaining some practical experience to help them after graduation. We consider such opportunities to be another way we can contribute to our students’ success and keep them engaged with the University as alumni.”

The RSA, a robust digitization operation for all types of sound recordings that have been gifted to FAU, was a perfect match for Pervova. She credits her grandmothers, one a nuclear physicist and the other an economist, with introducing her to art at an early age. Both grandmothers love music, enjoy opera and the ballet, and always had the TV on an entertainment show when Pervova visited.

“They encouraged me to participate in singing, painting, dancing, sculpting and other arts,” said Pervova. “They would always take me to theaters and museums and they continue to find tickets when I visit them in Moscow.”

Many of the recordings that Pervova translates for the RSA are folk songs from 1910, while others are from the early 1950s and 1960s. She remembers hearing many of the recordings during childhood and at family celebrations in Russia.

“When I see something I know, I start humming it and I think back to a time when I heard that song,” said Pervova.

The biggest challenge Pervova faces while translating the music titles is trying to find a word-for-word translation. Many of the songs she is translating are about the culture of the Russian people and do not make sense outside of the Russian culture. She knows where to go for help, though.

“I often Skype my grandma while I’m translating to show her a particular record and when she sees it, she is delighted and she says ‘Oh! I know that one,’” said Pervova.DSC_1769

Russian Music Titles to Be Added…

The RSA will add the titles of the approximately 100 rare recordings that Pervova is translating to its database once the work is completed. Pervova will also translate the RSA’s Finnish labels into English. The recordings will be digitalized and made available on the RSA’s research station for professors and students.

Pervova said it’s her small way of giving back to the FAU campus, where she has studied since she enrolled in the Alexander D. Henderson University School in fourth grade. When it was time for ninth-grade, she was accepted into the academically-rigorous FAU High School, which offers students a chance to earn three years of college credit on FAU’s main campus. She plans to graduate from FAU in the spring of 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Tammy Ferguson, director of the A.D. Henderson University School/FAU High School, said she is very proud to say that “giving back” is part of the culture that has been created at the Henderson University School and FAU High.

“Ekaterina Pervova is an exceptional young lady who has impressed me from the first time I met her,” said Ferguson. “She has always given back to make sure other students have the best experience possible on the university campus.”

After graduation from FAU, Pervova would like to continue here for graduate school at FAU and work as a researcher on the FAU campus. Eventually, she would like to work for the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.

Pervova would like to focus her research on Brain Syndrome and dementia” and her ultimate goal is to find a way to help people with organic brain syndrome.

“Everything about the brain fascinates me, including its adaptability, its plasticity, its ability to modify and regulate itself through interactions with the environment,” said Pervova.

“I used dementia as an example because it is a very hot topic in the field. There are many different types of dementia, but the most common types are Alzheimer’s and vascular.

“It is imperative that a treatment for dementia is found soon because the major brain change involved in the disease is nerve cell damage and plaque deposits. If we can find a way to stop or reduce nerve cell damage, then we can find similar applications of this with other diseases.”

For more information on student volunteer opportunities at FAU Libraries, call 561-297-6911. Call 561-297- 0080 for student volunteer assignments in the Recorded Sound Archives.

South Pacific Musical in Concert – FAU Summer Event

By , May 12, 2016 2:32 pm

You’ve probably seen the South Pacific Musical, but you’ve never seen it in concert! Looking for something to do this summer? As part of the eleventh annual Spirit of America Concert to showcase FAU Libraries’ Marvin and Sybil Weiner Spirit of American Collection, come and see FAU Libraries’ Klezmer Company Orchestra, Aaron Kula and a cast of 10 actors along with 30-members of the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida on June 26th as they present a concert version of the beloved South Pacific Musical.

South Pacific Musical in Concert at FAU this Summer!

Click here for event details and ticket information.

Celebrate Passover with music from the Recorded Sound Archives

By , April 13, 2016 4:36 pm

Passover marks the liberation of the Israelites from 400 years of slavery in ancient Egypt. Moses tried to convince Pharaoh to let the Israelites go free with words and demonstrations of God’s AWESOME power.

When Pharaoh wouldn’t concede, Moses proceeded to bring about the 10 plagues.

You can read more about the plagues, here.

The 10th plague, the death of every Egyptian first born including Pharaoh’s young son, was too much for Pharaoh and he finally let them go. God instructed the Israelites to mark their doorposts with the blood of a slaughtered lamb so that he would know to pass over those homes. This is where the name Passover comes from (Exodus 12:11-13). There are actually three other names for this holiday: Holiday of Matzot, Holiday of Freedom, and Holiday of Spring.  But on this holiday, we celebrate the gift of freedom, remember Jewish history through special Seder foods and teach the lessons of the Haggadah (The Telling) to the next generation.

passover-2016-subpage-slideOPTIONAnd this year, the Recorded Sound Archives invites you to add music and song to your family’s Passover traditions and has put together a collection of over 40 recordings for you to enjoy with family and friends this Passover.


Celebrate Purim with music from the Recorded Sound Archives!

By , March 18, 2016 4:36 pm

Purim 2016PURIM, which, in English, means [drawing] LOTS, is about the book of Esther which is also known in Hebrew as Megillah (the Scroll).  It is a book in the third section of Ketuvim (Writings) of the Jewish Tanakh (Hebrew Bible).  It relates to the story of a Hebrew girl in Persia, born as Hadassah but known as Esther (niece of Mordechai), who becomes Queen of Persia and thwarts the genocide of her people by the wicked Haman, a high official in the court of King Achashverosh.

Haman sought to annihilate all the Jews, Mordechai’s people, throughout King Achashverosh’s’ entire kingdom.  For Haman plotted against the Jews to destroy them, and he cast a “pur”, which is a LOT, to shatter and destroy them. For this reason, they call these days “Purim,” after the pur.

The story forms the core of the Jewish festival of Purim, during which it is read aloud twice: once in the evening and again the following morning. A Purim party often takes place during this time where children dress up in costumes usually relevant to the story of Purim. It’s a fun time for everyone including adults!

Here at the Recorded Sound Archives, we have put together a collection of over 20 recordings for you to enjoy with family and friends this Purim.


Recently Digitized and Added 29 Recordings to Research Station (February 2016)

By , February 21, 2016 5:33 pm

recentlyaddedmusicThe Recorded Sound Archives recently digitized and added 29 recordings to the Research Station. 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.

Below you’ll find a list of recordings that were recently added in February from requests made by Research Station Users.


Recently Added Music

Timeless Treasures by Ben Zion Shenker

Prayer and Song by Morris Levinson

The Hush of Midnight – Slikhos A Midnight Synagogue Service by Zamir Chorale and Cantor Ray Edgar

Masterpieces of the American Synagogue by Eric Freudigman and Harold Orbach

Songs Children Sing: Israel by Tom Glazer and Friends

Journey Through Song – A Selection…by Yom Tov Ehrlich

Stam Yom Shel Chol by Shimon Israeli

Journey Through Song – No. 2 – A Selection…by Yom Tov Ehrlich

Yaleh Veyuvo and Ruchel Mevakeh Al Boneho by David Roitman

Habeit Mishomaim and Kol Dodi by Moshe Koussevitzky

Shir Hacheirut and Yerushalayim by Moshe Koussevitzky

Ver Vill A Kale and Ich Toig Ze Gor Nit by Bessie Weissman

Jewish Voices in the New World – Chants and Prayers from the American Colonial Era by Ira Rohde and New London Children’s Choir

The British Are Coming by Yisroel Lamm and the Neginah Orchestra; Gershon Fordsham and the Gateshead Boys Choir

Nagila Halleluya by Arie Ovadia

A Tribute of Moshe Koussevitzky by Cantor Benjamin Siller

The Y’Did Singers by The Y’did  Singers

Aris by Aris San

Rozhinkes mit Mandlin – A Montage / Documentary by Rita Jacobs Willens

Hits in Hebrew by Aris San

Living Prayers by Cantor Aaron Caplow

19 / “Chai-Life” + 1 Gala Concert by Various Artists

The Messengers: The “IN” Jewish Sound by The Messengers

Cantor David Werdyger sings Chassidic Nigunim by David Werdyger

Songs of Breslov by Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

We’ll Bring Moshiach Now by Eli Lipsker and His Little Soldiers

The Time Is Now by Avraham Fried and Zimriah Symphony Orchestra

Veseorev and Tal by Israel Barski

Hebrew Melodies by Joseph Midwin

Hebrew Sephardic Melodies by Nissan Melamed and Coro Del Colegio Hebreo Sefaradi De Mexico


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. Access to Research Station is limited to educators, students and serious researchers.

Happy 169th Birthday Thomas Edison!

By , February 12, 2016 4:11 pm

Thomas EdisonThis past week marks Thomas Edison’s 169th birthday!

Thomas Edison invented the phonograph, the very first device for recording and playing back sound, in 1877. Early machines were sold to entrepreneurs who made a living out of traveling around the country giving “phonograph concerts” and demonstrating the device for a fee at fairs.

Here at the Recorded Sound Archives, we have a collection of over 70 Edison Records which can be listened to online.

To listen or learn more about Edison Records, click here.


Some songs may only be available as snippets due to US Copyright laws.

These items are noted in the player with the words (Research Station) and only allow for 45 seconds snippets to be played to give you a sense of what that recording originally sounded like. Full access is available through the RSA’s Research Station access is limited to educators, students and serious researchers.

FAU celebrates Jewish culture 2016

By , February 9, 2016 6:50 pm

Celebrate Jewish Culture at FAU LibrariesMarch 5 – March 12, 2016

8th Annual Kultur Celebration

Click here for full schedule and more information

Florida Atlantic University Libraries

Festival Highlights


Saturday Night at the Movies: Arranged

FAU – Wimberly Library 5th floor, Boca Raton, FL

Saturday, Mar 5, 2016 07:30 PM

Click here to purchase tickets.


klezmer company orchestra bernsteins jeremiah symphony klezmerjazz

Klezmer Company Orchestra Bernstein’s Jeremiah Symphony + KlezmerJAZZ

FAU – Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium, Boca Raton, FL

Sunday, Mar 6, 2016 03:00 PM

Click here to purchase tickets.


jewish roots and turkish blues with shtreiml and ismail fencioglu

Jewish Roots & Turkish Blues with Shtreiml & Ismail Fencioglu

FAU – Wimberly Library 5th floor, Boca Raton, FL

Monday, Mar 7, 2016 07:30 PM

Click here to purchase tickets.

 laugh your tuchas off with avi libermann

Laugh Your Tuchas Off with Avi Liberman

FAU – Wimberly Library 5th floor, Boca Raton, FL

Tuesday, Mar 8, 2016 07:30 PM

Click here to purchase tickets.

 yiddish blues blacks and jews

Yiddish, Blues, Blacks & Jews with Aaron Kula

FAU – Wimberly Library 5th floor, Boca Raton, FL

Wednesday, Mar 9, 2016 02:00 PM

Click here to purchase tickets.

 yiddish opera and chazzanut with anthony mordechai tzvi russell

Yiddish Opera & Chazzanut with Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell

FAU – Wimberly Library 5th floor, Boca Raton, FL

Thursday, Mar 10, 2016 07:30 PM

Click here to purchase tickets.

 joe papps yiddish awakening tales of hoffman with miriam hoffman

Joe Papp Yiddish Awakening: Tales of Hoffman with Miriam Hoffman

FAU – Wimberly Library 5th floor, Boca Raton, FL

Friday, Mar 11, 2016 02:00 PM

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 jazztime brian potts vibraphone quartet

Jewish Melodies in Jazztime with Brian Potts Vibraphone Quartet

FAU – Wimberly Library 5th floor, Boca Raton, FL

Saturday, Mar 12, 2016 07:30 PM

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Timeless Love Songs of the 1920s

By , February 3, 2016 3:19 pm

Timeless Love Songs from the 1920sIf there’s one type of song that we will never grow tired of, it is the ever popular love song. Mellow or upbeat, mushy or filled with angst; whatever the tempo or the lyrical content…Enjoy these nine timeless love songs from the 1920s found in the Recorded Sound Archives Vintage, Judaic and Jazz collections just in time for Valentines day.





Nine Timeless Love Songs of the 1920s

  1.  Ain’t Misbehavin’ by Fats Waller written in 1929 by Thomas “Fats” Waller himself, Harry Brooks and Andy Razaf.
  2. All Alone by Al Jolson, written by Irving Berlin and published in 1924.
  3. April Showers by Al Jolson, written by B.G. DeSylva music composed by Louis Silvers originally published in 1921.
  4. Blue Skies by The Hour of Charm Girl Orchestra and Choir, written and composed by Irving Berlin in 1926.
  5. I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me by Artie Shaw, written by Jimmy McHugh and Clarence Gaskill in 1926.
  6. With a Song in My Heart by Dennis Day, originally written for the musical Spring is Here by Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers in 1929.
  7. What’ll I Do? by Henry Burr and Marcia Freer, written by Irving Berlin in 1923.
  8. Who’s Sorry Now? by Ernest Stevens, written by Bert Kalmer and Harry Ruby composed by Ted Snyder this song was published in 1923 and featured in the 1950 film, Three Little Words.
  9. Everybody Loves My Baby (But My Baby Don’t Love Nobody but Me) by Aileen Stanley, composed by Jack Palmer and Spencer Williams in 1924.


Some songs may only be available as snippets due to US Copyright laws.

These items are noted in the player with the words (Research Station) and only allow for 45 seconds snippets to be played to give you a sense of what that recording originally sounded like. Full access is available through the RSA’s Research Station access is limited to educators, students and serious researchers.

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