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Lionel Richie receives the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song with a PBS broadcast of the concert on May 17. https://www.lo...
01/14/2022
Lionel Richie to Receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

Lionel Richie receives the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song with a PBS broadcast of the concert on May 17. https://www.loc.gov/item/prn-22-002/

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced that pop music icon Lionel Richie will be the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Richie will be honored with an all-star tribute concert in Washington, D.C., that will be broadcast nationally on PBS stations M...

Big News! The Music Division is proud to announce the launch of its first collaboration with By the People, a crowd-sour...
01/11/2022
Theater for the People: transcribing the Federal Theatre Project | In The Muse: Performing Arts Blog

Big News! The Music Division is proud to announce the launch of its first collaboration with By the People, a crowd-source transcription initiative from the Library of Congress. Today marks the start of Theater for the People: Federal Theatre Project playbills, a campaign to transcribe more than 7,750 pages of theater programs and fliers documenting productions from the Federal Theatre Project. http://blogs.loc.gov/music/2022/01/theater-for-the-people-transcribing-the-federal-theatre-project/

The Music Division is proud to announce the launch of its first collaboration with By the People, a crowd-source transcription initiative from the Library of Congress. Today marks the start of Theater for the People: Federal Theatre Project playbills, a campaign to transcribe more than 7,750 pages o...

Do you love jazz? Check out this new blog post from the Music Division at the Library of Congress. "Reflecting on Jazz w...
01/07/2022
Reflecting on Jazz with New Resources from the Library of Congress | In The Muse: Performing Arts Blog

Do you love jazz? Check out this new blog post from the Music Division at the Library of Congress. "Reflecting on Jazz with New Resources from the Library of Congress"
http://blogs.loc.gov/music/2021/12/reflecting-on-jazz-with-new-resources-from-the-library-of-congress/

The following is a blog post from first author Kaleena Black and co-author Claudia Morales. It was published on NAFME “Music Educators Journal”– September 2021 issue Kaleena Black is an Educational Resources Specialist at the Library of Congress.  She can be reached at kb...

"How the Library Got Its Strads: A Lecture by Phillip A. Kass"Phillip Kass is an expert writer and appraiser about fine ...
12/29/2021
How the Library Got Its Strads: A Lecture by Phillip A. Kass

"How the Library Got Its Strads: A Lecture by Phillip A. Kass"

Phillip Kass is an expert writer and appraiser about fine classic stringed instruments and bows. In this lecture, he gives the background and the history of how the Library of Congress acquired its Stradivari instruments.
https://www.loc.gov/item/webcast-10143/

Phillip Kass is an expert writer and appraiser about fine classic stringed instruments and bows. In this lecture he gives the background and the history on how the Library of Congress acquired its Stradivari instruments.

GRAMMY Award-winner cellist Zuill Bailey goes back to the youth orchestra of his childhood, American Youth Philharmonic ...
12/21/2021
Zuill Bailey Masterclass

GRAMMY Award-winner cellist Zuill Bailey goes back to the youth orchestra of his childhood, American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (AYPO), to work with three cello students. We hope you enjoy the video of the experience.
https://youtu.be/sS8VfnVgTLI

GRAMMY Award-winner cellist Zuill Bailey goes back to the youth orchestra of his childhood, American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (AYPO), to work with three ...

Hear the Calidore String Quartet perform on the Library’s Stradivari instruments in a program of musical gold! Praised f...
12/20/2021
Calidore String Quartet

Hear the Calidore String Quartet perform on the Library’s Stradivari instruments in a program of musical gold! Praised for the depth and polish of their interpretations, the Calidore will reveal Haydn’s classical perfection, Brahms’s romantic mastery, and Mendelssohn’s passion and intensity while the harmonies still ring in your ears and reverberate in your heart.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ENIxseZ_xA

Hear the Calidore String Quartet perform on the Library’s Stradivari instruments in a program of musical gold! Praised for the depth and polish of their inte...

Jazz fans! Enjoy this Library of Congress lecture from 2015: "Louis & Lil: A Couple Making Musical History." Library of ...
12/16/2021
Louis & Lil: A Couple Making Musical History

Jazz fans! Enjoy this Library of Congress lecture from 2015:
"Louis & Lil: A Couple Making Musical History."

Library of Congress Jazz Scholar Dan Morgenstern lectures on Louis Armstrong and his second wife, Lil Hardin Armstrong. The couple met in King Oliver's band and, individually and together, created an impressive body of music, preserved on records and in the fascinating manuscript deposits held in the Library's collections.
https://www.loc.gov/item/webcast-7647/

Library of Congress Jazz Scholar Dan Morgenstern lectures on Louis Armstrong and his second wife, Lil Hardin Armstrong. The couple met in King Oliver's band and, individually and together, created an impressive body of music, preserved on records and in the fascinating manuscript deposits held in th...

Explore the contents of the Hans Heinsheimer papers, 1900-2005!Hans Walter Heinsheimer was a music publisher, author, an...
12/15/2021
Hans Heinsheimer papers, 1900-2005 (Library of Congress Finding Aid)

Explore the contents of the Hans Heinsheimer papers, 1900-2005!

Hans Walter Heinsheimer was a music publisher, author, and journalist. As a publisher and promoter, he worked with many composers, including Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky, Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland, Zoltán Kodály, George Antheil, Leonard Bernstein, Alban Berg, Leoš Janáček, and Ernst Krenek. The correspondence, photographs, writings, and subject files in this collection help record his instigation of, participation in, or presence at many significant events regarding the music of the twenty-first century. The scrapbooks document the reception each of his three books received upon publication. Find out more about this collection in the finding aid. https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.music/eadmus.mu021023

Hans Walter Heinsheimer was a music publisher, author, and journalist. As a publisher and promoter, he worked with many composers, including Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky, Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland, Zoltán Kodály, George Antheil, Leonard Bernstein, Alban Berg, Leoš Janáček, and Ernst Krenek...

Enjoy the virtual performance of Imani Winds and Catalyst Quarte at the Library of Congress.
12/14/2021
Imani Winds with the Catalyst Quartet, Program I

Enjoy the virtual performance of Imani Winds and Catalyst Quarte at the Library of Congress.

The Imani Winds, one of the world’s great wind quintets, has been adding new works by under-represented voices to the repertoire for this unique ensemble thr...

Well-groomed Union General Ambrose Burnside is best known today as the inspiration for the term "sideburns" (originally ...
12/13/2021

Well-groomed Union General Ambrose Burnside is best known today as the inspiration for the term "sideburns" (originally known as "burnsides") rather than his victories in battle. Enjoy the sheet music to General Burnside's Victory March, written in 1862. https://www.loc.gov/item/ihas.200000172/

Well-groomed Union General Ambrose Burnside is best known today as the inspiration for the term "sideburns" (originally known as "burnsides") rather than his victories in battle. Enjoy the sheet music to General Burnside's Victory March, written in 1862. https://www.loc.gov/item/ihas.200000172/

Remember the episode of "Curb your Enthusiasm" when Larry meets a real police officer named Krupke and the officer has n...
12/08/2021
West Side Story: The Creation of a Classic

Remember the episode of "Curb your Enthusiasm" when Larry meets a real police officer named Krupke and the officer has never heard of "West Side Story?" Don't be like Officer Krupke! Watch this new webinar about the creation of the classic musical "West Side Story," soon to be released as a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg! https://www.loc.gov/item/webcast-10117/

The Library of Congress presents the creation of the 1957 musical West Side Story, drawing on materials from the Leonard Bernstein Collection, Arthur Laurents Papers, and Oliver Smith Papers to illustrate his talk. After his presentation, we will highlight digitized West Side Story materials in the....

GRAMMY Award-winning, Zuill Bailey and pianist Bryan Wallick come to the Library for a virtual cello recital. The progra...
12/01/2021
Zuill Bailey, cello | Bryan Wallick, piano

GRAMMY Award-winning, Zuill Bailey and pianist Bryan Wallick come to the Library for a virtual cello recital. The program includes music of Mendelssohn, Debussy, Lukas Foss and Rachmaninoff. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OK-RbtpaTd4

GRAMMY Award-winning, Zuill Bailey and pianist Bryan Wallick come to the Library for a virtual cello recital. The program includes music of Mendelssohn, Debu...

Today in History in 1955, Rosa Parks, an African American, was arrested for disobeying an Alabama law requiring black pa...
12/01/2021
Today in History - December 1

Today in History in 1955, Rosa Parks, an African American, was arrested for disobeying an Alabama law requiring black passengers to relinquish seats to white passengers when the bus was full. Blacks also were required to sit at the back of the bus. Her arrest sparked a 381-day boycott of the Montgomery bus system and led to a 1956 Supreme Court decision banning segregation on public transportation. Click on the link below to read the full story and to see the sheet music for the Civil Rights anthem "We Shall Overcome." There is a wide variety of sheet music related to the American Civil Rights Movement in the Music Division at the Library of Congress.

https://www.loc.gov/item/today-in-history/december-01/?&loclr=reclnk

Rosa Parks Arrested | Pas De Deux

George Schlieffarth's "The Turkey's Patrol" from 1880, is not explicitly about the Thanksgiving holiday, but it somehow ...
11/24/2021

George Schlieffarth's "The Turkey's Patrol" from 1880, is not explicitly about the Thanksgiving holiday, but it somehow seems appropriate. Regardless of the time of year, one can enjoy this humoristic march for piano. https://www.loc.gov/item/sm1880.12721/

George Schlieffarth's "The Turkey's Patrol" from 1880, is not explicitly about the Thanksgiving holiday, but it somehow seems appropriate. Regardless of the time of year, one can enjoy this humoristic march for piano. https://www.loc.gov/item/sm1880.12721/

“How does one turn one’s own life into a work of art?” Read about the evolution of tick, tick…BOOM! in the third install...
11/19/2021
Turning a Life Into Art: The Evolution of “tick, tick…BOOM!” | In The Muse: Performing Arts Blog

“How does one turn one’s own life into a work of art?” Read about the evolution of tick, tick…BOOM! in the third installment of the four-part blog post series exploring Jonathan Larson’s Papers.
https://blogs.loc.gov/music/2021/11/turning-a-life-into-art-the-evolution-of-tick-tickboom/

The following is part of a series of four blog posts connecting readers to archival materials from the Music Division’s Jonathan Larson Papers. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s film adaptation of Larson’s “tick, tick…BOOM!” opens today. We hope that the sketches, notes, draft...

Of any person living or dead, who did Jonathan Larson most want to meet? Find out by reading Larson’s answers to a quest...
11/12/2021
“Compromise or Persevere?” Larson’s tick, tick…BOOM! | In The Muse: Performing Arts Blog

Of any person living or dead, who did Jonathan Larson most want to meet? Find out by reading Larson’s answers to a questionnaire he created in 1990, available in the Library’s Jonathan Larson Papers and shared in our latest blog post. Learn more about Larson before you see the new film adaptation of tick, tick…BOOM! in theaters or streaming this month!

https://blogs.loc.gov/music/2021/11/compromise-or-persevere-larsons-tick-tick-boom/

The creators of the new film adaptation of tick, tick...BOOM! researched the Jonathan Larson Papers at the Library of Congress in the early stages of their process. Learn more about Jonathan Larson by seeing notes and sketches related to

Enjoy the virtual performance of Hub New Music at the Library of Congress. The versatile musicians of Hub New Music offe...
11/08/2021
Hub New Music

Enjoy the virtual performance of Hub New Music at the Library of Congress.
The versatile musicians of Hub New Music offer an exciting range of new and recent music. In this program Steven Mackey’s violin sonata, a classic McKim Fund commission from the Library’s archives, will be performed alongside a signature work by Takuma Itoh for Hub’s unusual combination of flute, clarinet, violin and cello. The centerpiece of the concert will be the virtual world premiere of Carlos Simon’s new work Requiem for the Enslaved, a work that grapples with the legacy of slavery at Georgetown University (where Simon is an Assistant Professor) and honors the lives and descendants of slaves sold to raise money for the construction of the university.

The versatile musicians of Hub New Music offer an exciting range of new and recent music. In this program Steven Mackey’s violin sonata, a classic McKim Fund...

Enjoy this panel discussion during which conductor Aaron Sherber of the Martha Graham Dance Company and Library staff di...
11/03/2021
On Pointe: Composing for Dance at the Library of Congress

Enjoy this panel discussion during which conductor Aaron Sherber of the Martha Graham Dance Company and Library staff discuss the art of composing for dance, as reflected in Library of Congress dance commissions and collections. Part of the Martha Graham at the Library festival in 2016, which featured performances of works by Martha Graham and Pontus Lidberg. https://www.loc.gov/item/webcast-7399/

Conductor Aaron Sherber of the Martha Graham Dance Company and Library staff discuss the art of composing for dance, as reflected in Library of Congress dance commissions and collections. Part of the Martha Graham at the Library festival, which featured performances of works by Martha Graham and Pon...

Before Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of West Side Story releases next month, join Music Specialists Mark Horowitz a...
11/02/2021
Webinar Registration - Zoom

Before Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of West Side Story releases next month, join Music Specialists Mark Horowitz and Cait Miller in a Zoom webinar to learn about the creation of the musical as documented in manuscripts, sketches, notes, correspondence, and more material from the Library’s extraordinary Leonard Bernstein Collection, and others. Register online and see you Tuesday, November 9th at 4pm EST!
https://loc.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_4oy2ZhMrSSu_3kArV3P8pg

In the Western Christian tradition, November 1st is designated as "All Saints Day." One of the most frequently sung hymn...
11/01/2021

In the Western Christian tradition, November 1st is designated as "All Saints Day." One of the most frequently sung hymns on this day is "For all the Saints," with words by Anglican Bishop of Wakefield, William Walsham How. The hymn tune "Sine Nomine" by Ralph Vaughan Williams is the most familiar setting, however, the A.P. Schmidt Archives at the Library of Congress contains this lovely version by Thomas Adams. https://www.loc.gov/item/musapschmidt00100/

Explore the A.P. Schmidt Company archives (1869 to 1958) to find more choral and solo vocal music. https://www.loc.gov/collections/a-p-schmidt-collection/about-this-collection/

In the Western Christian tradition, November 1st is designated as "All Saints Day." One of the most frequently sung hymns on this day is "For all the Saints," with words by Anglican Bishop of Wakefield, William Walsham How. The hymn tune "Sine Nomine" by Ralph Vaughan Williams is the most familiar setting, however, the A.P. Schmidt Archives at the Library of Congress contains this lovely version by Thomas Adams. https://www.loc.gov/item/musapschmidt00100/

Explore the A.P. Schmidt Company archives (1869 to 1958) to find more choral and solo vocal music. https://www.loc.gov/collections/a-p-schmidt-collection/about-this-collection/

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50 years ago today, Leonard Bernstein conducted his 1,000th New York Philharmonic performance, an historic milestone! 🎉 For this occasion, Bernstein conducted Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony No. 2. Bernstein dedicated the concert “with affection and gratitude to all my Philharmonic colleagues, onstage and off, with whom I have shared three decades of joyful music-making." The New York Times critic James R. Oestreich wrote: "As the two timpanists whaled away in the clamor of the finale, the head of a timpani stick flew off and sailed into the audience. That added bit of fireworks seemed wholly of a piece with the choral and orchestral tumult conjured by a master, and this remains, of the many candidates, my favorite moment from the Bernstein years." [📸 Leonard Bernstein's 1,000th concert with the New York Philharmonic, in Philharmonic Hall, December 15, 1971, courtesy of Performing Arts at the Library of Congress. Program courtesy of the New York Philharmonic Digital Archives.]
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Today at 4pm EST! The Performing Arts at the Library of Congress presents "West Side Story: The Creation of a Classic." In anticipation of Steven Spielberg’s upcoming adaptation of West Side Story, join The Library of Congress Music Specialists Mark Horowitz and Cait Miller in a webinar to learn about the creation of the seminal musical as documented in manuscripts, sketches, notes, correspondence, and more material from the Library’s extraordinary Leonard Bernstein Collection, and others. Register here: https://bit.ly/3BZmgQF
It doesn't have to be all 'double, double, toil, and trouble' this Halloween weekend! Wether you're looking for howling winds or tuneful sounds, we're here for you with concerts of all varieties. THURSDAY: San Francisco Conservatory of Music Music Director Edwin Outwater & horror icon Peaches Christ host this tour of the piano repertoire’s most haunting moments, featuring spooky new music videos created by Bay Area pianists. FRIDAY: Enter a whimsical world of archival film, travel, and music with the Marsyas Trio’s OnJam Lounge session. Immerse yourself in music by Cecilia McDowall, Franz Joseph Haydn, and more with public domain footage from Charlie Chaplin’s pre-1918 films. Ladies Musical Club of Seattle hosts a virtual “Happy Hour” concert featuring music for solo & duo sopranos with piano with music by Harry Burleigh, Amy Beach, John Ireland, Johannes Brahms, and more. SATURDAY: Near Bellevue, WA? Don't miss this popular annual Halloween children’s concert with Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra. Both the music & environment will be tailored towards children & those with sensory sensitivities. The Performing Arts at the Library of Congress broadcasts a Third Coast Percussion performance of Tyondai Braxton's "Sunny X", the world premiere of Gemma Peacocke's "The threshold we cross with closed eyes", and more. SUNDAY: Woratep Rattana-umpawan share guitar music by Isaac Albéniz, William Walton, and Agustin Barrios Mangoré during this Groupmuse performance. MONDAY: You can hear the world premiere of Michael Lee's "Fanfare for the Unspoken Heroes of Our Times" from the Eastman Wind Ensemble/Eastman School of Music. TUESDAY: Acclaimed clarinetist Elizabeth Crawford performs on the Ball State University School of Music Faculty Artist Series. WEDNESDAY: The Grammy Award-nominated Aizuri Quartet offers a program of new perspectives featuring madrigals by 17th-century composer Barbara Strozzi, the first string quartet by the remarkable Jamaica-born British composer Eleanor Alberga, and the first of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Late Quartets. Treat your ears (or trick them, if that's your thing...)! You can explore even more concerts when you peruse the full #WeekendDigest email here: https://mailchi.mp/livemusicproject/classical-concerts-online-oct28-nov3 Plus, visit our full LMP concert calendar at https://www.livemusicproject.org/calendar. P.S. You can get these listings by email, too: http://eepurl.com/XpRIf
The Performing Arts at the Library of Congress announces the availability of the Martorell Collection online, 253 bound volumes comprising well over 1,100 full scores of excerpts predominantly from 18th-century operas. Enjoy! https://rism.info/new_at_rism/2021/10/21/martorell-collection-opera-scores-online-library-of-congress.html Die Library of Congress hat die Martorell-Collection digitalisiert. Die Sammlung besteht überwiegend aus Opern-Arien des 18. Jahrhunderts: https://rism.info/de/new_at_rism/2021/10/21/martorell-collection-opera-scores-online-library-of-congress.html
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It's just been announced that Augustin Hadelich and I will perform a virtual concert presented by Performing Arts at the Library of Congress on October 21. Learn how to tune in here! www.loc.gov/concerts/augustin-hadelich-orion-weiss.html
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Competitor Update: A young man from Morocco, Marouan Benabdallah, took 3rd prize at the 2009 competition and has become one of the foremost representatives of his native Morocco on the international stage. We are pleased to share this recent performance presented by the Performing Arts at the Library of Congress for your enjoyment 🎹👏👏!