Performing Arts at the Library of Congress

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07/29/2021
Throwback Thursday: Aaron Diehl, piano

An erudite and elegant stylist, pianist and composer Aaron Diehl took up the enviable task of the 2018-2019 Library’s jazz scholars: to delve deeply into our rich archives and examine some of our treasures. His Blues and the Spanish Tinge recital tracks the essential ingredients in the creation of jazz. You can discover just a few of them in the manuscripts we have from our collections, from Jelly Roll Morton, James P. Johnson, George Gershwin, and Fats Waller.

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Post-concert lobby experience with pianist Aaron Diehl

07/29/2021

Today is #ThrowbackThursday at noon. We will stream the 2017 Aaron Diehl, piano concert and he will join us for a live Zoom post-concert conversation. Join us!

Enjoy this beautiful setting of Emily Dickinson's poem "Summer Shower," also known as "A drop fell on the apple tree." T...
07/28/2021

Enjoy this beautiful setting of Emily Dickinson's poem "Summer Shower," also known as "A drop fell on the apple tree." The music was composed by Arthur Farwell. There is sheet music available for many of Farwell's compositions on the Library of Congress website. https://www.loc.gov/item/ihas.200186977/

Enjoy this beautiful setting of Emily Dickinson's poem "Summer Shower," also known as "A drop fell on the apple tree." The music was composed by Arthur Farwell. There is sheet music available for many of Farwell's compositions on the Library of Congress website. https://www.loc.gov/item/ihas.200186977/

07/22/2021
Throwback Thursdays: LA SANTA CECILIA

Concerts from the Library of Congress introduces #Throwback Thursday as together we revive, experience and discuss past performances in the Coolidge Auditorium.

GRAMMY Award-winning Los Angeles band La Santa Cecilia rocks a vivid music mix “meant to get listeners dancing and thinking at the same time” (New York Times). Together with their vocalist Marisol Hernandez “La Marisoul”, we will relive and reflect on their 2017 performance in the Coolidge Auditorium. The group’s brilliant instrumentalists and expressive lead singer create a seductive fusion of styles and influences in songs both original and traditional: from rancheras, salsa, cumbia, and boleras, to the music of Santana, Ramón Ayala, and Los Alegres de Terán. Irresistible!

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July 15th, 2021 marks the 120th birthday of the groundbreaking African-American composer, educator, choral director, and...
07/15/2021

July 15th, 2021 marks the 120th birthday of the groundbreaking African-American composer, educator, choral director, and ethnomusicologist John Wesley Work III. Read more about him at the following link. https://www.loc.gov/item/ihas.200196580/

July 15th, 2021 marks the 120th birthday of the groundbreaking African-American composer, educator, choral director, and ethnomusicologist John Wesley Work III. Read more about him at the following link. https://www.loc.gov/item/ihas.200196580/

This song by tin pan alley composer J.B. Mullen celebrates the practical side of love as the subject rejects the poetic ...
07/13/2021

This song by tin pan alley composer J.B. Mullen celebrates the practical side of love as the subject rejects the poetic wooing of her swain and declares, "...it's impossible to love like that...but I could love you in a steam heat flat." Written in 1903, it is a philosophical precursor to Gwen Guthrie's 1980s hit, "Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent," and its unforgettable lyric, "You got to have a J-O-B if you want to be with me." https://www.loc.gov/item/ihas.100008011/

This song by tin pan alley composer J.B. Mullen celebrates the practical side of love as the subject rejects the poetic wooing of her swain and declares, "...it's impossible to love like that...but I could love you in a steam heat flat." Written in 1903, it is a philosophical precursor to Gwen Guthrie's 1980s hit, "Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent," and its unforgettable lyric, "You got to have a J-O-B if you want to be with me." https://www.loc.gov/item/ihas.100008011/

Here is a short video featuring archivist Jane Cross talking about her experience viewing the manuscript of "Take the A ...
07/06/2021
Federal Public Service Recognition Week: Jane Cross

Here is a short video featuring archivist Jane Cross talking about her experience viewing the manuscript of "Take the A Train" in the "Billy Strayhorn music manuscripts and estate papers, 1918-2015." Finding Aid: https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.music/eadmus.mu018014

Video: https://www.loc.gov/item/webcast-9808/

For Public Service Recognition 2021 at the Library of Congress, music archivist Jane Cross tells of the magic of coming across Billy Strayhorn's handwritten copy of "Take the A Train" in the archives.

Stephen Storace's song, "The Summer Heats Bestowing its Influence on the Rose," is a sweet love song that does not consi...
07/01/2021

Stephen Storace's song, "The Summer Heats Bestowing its Influence on the Rose," is a sweet love song that does not consider the practical concerns of a gardener trying to keep their flowers alive during an unusually hot summer. https://www.loc.gov/item/2015563238/

Stephen Storace's song, "The Summer Heats Bestowing its Influence on the Rose," is a sweet love song that does not consider the practical concerns of a gardener trying to keep their flowers alive during an unusually hot summer. https://www.loc.gov/item/2015563238/

There is a new finding aid for "Alan Hovhaness music manuscripts, 1939-1969." Hovhaness was one of the most prolific com...
06/29/2021
Alan Hovhaness music manuscripts, 1939-1969 (Library of Congress Finding Aid)

There is a new finding aid for "Alan Hovhaness music manuscripts, 1939-1969." Hovhaness was one of the most prolific composers of the twentieth century. While the Library of Congress does not hold the manuscript scores for all of his over 500 compositions, there is quite a lot to explore. https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.music/eadmus.mu021029

Alan Hovhaness was an American composer, researcher, and organist of Armenian descent. He is predominantly known for works heavily inspired by non-European traditions and for drawing on exotic rhythmic, melodic, and instrumental resources founded in his own Armenian ancestry, other Middle Eastern st...

Did you miss the recent premiere of the Library of Congress concert featuring the Pavel Haas Quartet with pianist Boris ...
06/28/2021
Pavel Haas Quartet with Boris Giltburg, June 25, 2021 at 8:00 PM ET (Concerts from the Library of Congress, 2020-2021)

Did you miss the recent premiere of the Library of Congress concert featuring the Pavel Haas Quartet with pianist Boris Giltburg? Check it out here. https://www.loc.gov/concerts/pavel-haas-quartet.html

Now firmly established as one of the great string quartets performing today, the Pavel Haas Quartet returns to the Library virtually with an exciting program of inimitable works. As The Times described in a pre-pandemic performance at Wigmore Hall, "There's a special pleasure in watching a seasoned....

06/18/2021
Ksenija Sidorova, accordion

Accordionist Ksenija Sidorova dazzles with “breathtaking virtuosity” (The Observer, London) in this not-to-be-missed recital. A global ambassador for the instrument and its place in classical music, she delights audiences in the world’s major concert halls, performs with orchestras like the Tonhalle Orchester-Zurich and the NHK Symphony, and partners with exciting artists from Avi Avital to Sting. Highlights in this wide-ranging hour are three scintillating tangos from her new Piazzolla recording, an homage to the composer’s centenary, which earned the coveted Editor’s Choice award from Gramophone magazine.

J.S. BACH
Chorale Prelude on “Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ,” BWV 639

MOZART
Andante in F major, K. 616

SERGEI VOYTENKO
Revelation

ASTOR PIAZZOLLA
Chau Paris; S’il vous plait; Tanti Anni Prima

FRANCK ANGELIS
Fantasia on Chiliquín de Bachín

ALFRED SCHNITTKE
Revis Fairy Tale, excerpts from Gogol Suite, arr. Yuri Shiskin
Chichikov’s Childhood
Officials
Waltz
Polka

Celebrate the birthday of Russian-born composer Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) by exploring this informative research guide...
06/17/2021
Research Guides: Igor Stravinsky: A Guide to Primary and Secondary Resources at the Library of Congress: Introduction

Celebrate the birthday of Russian-born composer Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) by exploring this informative research guide from the Library of Congress! https://guides.loc.gov/igor-stravinsky

One of the most influential composers of the 20th century, Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) is well represented in the print, manuscript, and digital collections of the Library’s Music Division.

Here is a recent conversation between photographer David Fullard and Library of Congress Dance curator, Libby Smigel. Da...
06/15/2021
David Fullard: The Art of Photographing Dance

Here is a recent conversation between photographer David Fullard and Library of Congress Dance curator, Libby Smigel.

David A. Fullard discusses the photographic methods he uses to capture bodies in motion. Fullard has developed a personal approach to working closely with the artists in a controlled space that supports their own artistic process and needs while also allowing the application of carefully chosen photographic techniques. Ultimately, Fullard's aim is to transform the dance to a still image that has the power to elicit the same emotions as watching the dance live. This presentation will offer a sneak-peek into Fullard's vast archive of dance photographs, which he will donate to the Library of Congress in 2021. https://www.loc.gov/item/webcast-9817/

David A. Fullard discusses the photographic methods he uses to capture bodies in motion. Fullard has developed a personal approach to working closely with the artists in a controlled space that supports their own artistic process and needs while also allowing the application of carefully chosen phot...

06/12/2021
Flux Quartet II

Tom Chiu and Conrad Harris, violins
Max Mandel, viola | Felix Fan, cello
with Cory Smythe, piano
Flux is known for creating projects of unique vision that defy aesthetic categorization. Writing in The New York Times, the criticSteve Smith calls the quartet “an intrepid ensemble devoted to illuminating the pricklier corners of the contemporary repertory.” This concert features a few remarkable, sometimes provocative works from several of those corners, music to invigorate and intrigue. Pianist Cory Smythe will join violinist Tom Chiu in a Library commission by Muhal Richard Abrams, co-founder of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), and another highlight is the third quartet of iconoclast and visionary Conlon Nancarrow.

CONLON NANCARROW
String Quartet no. 3

ELIZABETH OGONEK
Running at Still Life

PAULINE OLIVEROS
70 Chords for Terry: A Meditation on String Theory

MUHAL RICHARD ABRAMS
Duet for Violin and Piano (Commissioned by the McKim Fund in the Library of Congress)

GIACINTO SCELSI
String Quartet no. 2

June 11th is the birthday of Italian composer and theorist Francesco Vallotti. Vallotti published the first volume of hi...
06/11/2021

June 11th is the birthday of Italian composer and theorist Francesco Vallotti.

Vallotti published the first volume of his magnum opus, "Della scienza teorica e pratica della moderna musica" (On the scientific theory and practice of modern music) in 1779. In this work, he codified his theory of musical temperament, which he had devised decades earlier. Read all about it (in Italian) at the following link. https://www.loc.gov/item/06008791/

This is just one example from the large collection of pre-1800 music books available on the Library of Congress website. https://www.loc.gov/collections/books-about-music-before-1800/about-this-collection/

June 11th is the birthday of Italian composer and theorist Francesco Vallotti.

Vallotti published the first volume of his magnum opus, "Della scienza teorica e pratica della moderna musica" (On the scientific theory and practice of modern music) in 1779. In this work, he codified his theory of musical temperament, which he had devised decades earlier. Read all about it (in Italian) at the following link. https://www.loc.gov/item/06008791/

This is just one example from the large collection of pre-1800 music books available on the Library of Congress website. https://www.loc.gov/collections/books-about-music-before-1800/about-this-collection/

06/11/2021
Flux Quartet I

Tom Chiu and Conrad Harris, violins
Max Mandel, viola | Felix Fan, cello
with Oliver Lake, saxophone and Cory Smythe, piano
Experience a pair of exhilarating concerts on June 10 and 11 by “one of the most fearless and important new-music ensembles around” (San Francisco Chronicle). With a repertoire highlighted by over 100 premieres, Flux displays impressive versatility across an arresting spectrum of music, leading to unconventional collaborations: soundtracks for 3-D films with digital collective OpenEndedGroup; recording a fully notated composition by avant balloonist Judy Dunaway; and performing Béla Bartók’s String Quartet no. 5 as the onstage band for a Pam Tanowitz ballet.

In this concert Flux presents experimental jazz compositions from four African American masters. Joining the quartet is saxophonist and composer Oliver Lake, a longtime Flux collaborator, and pianist Cory Smythe, who performs Lake’s Movements, Turns and Switches with Flux founder Tom Chiu.

OLIVER LAKE
Hey Now Hey

ROSCOE MITCHELL
9/9/99, With CARDS

ORNETTE COLEMAN
A Dedication to Poets and Writers

LEROY JENKINS
Revival

OLIVER LAKE
Movements, Turns and Switches (Commissioned by the McKim Fund in the Library of Congress)
5 Sisters

On May 14, 2013, the Library of Congress hosted the annual ASCAP "We Write the Songs" concert that celebrates the Librar...
06/07/2021
ASCAP 2013: We Write the Songs

On May 14, 2013, the Library of Congress hosted the annual ASCAP "We Write the Songs" concert that celebrates the Library's partnership with the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, a non-profit organization that handles licensing and royalties for songwriters. Performers included Paul Williams, Alan Bergman, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Jim Weatherly, Siedah Garrett, Charles Strouse, and Liz Calloway. https://www.loc.gov/item/webcast-5968/

The Library of Congress hosted the annual ASCAP "We Write the Songs" concert that celebrates the Library's partnership with the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, a non-profit organization that handles licensing and royalties for songwriters. Performers included Paul Williams, A...

06/05/2021
MET Orchestra Musicians Program II

Thrilling audiences with more than 200 performances each season, the MET Orchestra is one of the world’s great performing ensembles, both on stage and in the opera pit. Since its founding in 1883, the MET Orchestra’s performances have encompassed not only the entire opera repertoire, but also symphonic and chamber programs at Carnegie Hall, international tours, and countless musician activities outside of the Metropolitan Opera House. In the second of two concerts prepared for the Library, the MET Orchestra presents a program of chamber music for winds by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Samuel Barber.

MOZART/TRIEBENSEE
Selections from Don Giovanni, K. 527 for winds

BARBER
Summer Music, op. 31

MOZART
Serenade in B-flat major (“Gran Partita”), K. 361

Enjoy this recently recorded concert by French Baroque specialists Ensemble Correspondances. https://www.loc.gov/item/we...
06/02/2021
Ensemble Correspondances

Enjoy this recently recorded concert by French Baroque specialists Ensemble Correspondances. https://www.loc.gov/item/webcast-9786/

Night, the world of myth and the mysteries of love are the subjects of this concert evoking an evening at the court of Louis XIII at the Palace of the Louvre. Sébastien Daucé leads an ensemble of nine singers and nine instrumentalists- a consort of viols, recorder, lute and chitarrone- from this d...

Milton Okun (1923-2016) was an American arranger, singer, and record producer who founded the Cherry Lane Music Publishi...
06/01/2021
Milton Okun musical arrangements, 1954-1965 (Library of Congress Finding Aid)

Milton Okun (1923-2016) was an American arranger, singer, and record producer who founded the Cherry Lane Music Publishing Company in New York City in 1960. He arranged and produced the music of John Denver, Peter, Paul, and Mary, The Brothers Four, and The Chad Mitchell Trio. The Milton Okun Musical Arrangements consist chiefly of holograph and printed scores of Okun's arrangements for The Brothers Four, as well as several songbooks with folk music by various composers.

Check out the finding aid for this collection! https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.music/eadmus.mu021015

Milton Okun (1923-2016) was an American arranger, singer, and record producer who founded the Cherry Lane Music Publishing Company in New York City in 1960. He arranged and produced the music of John Denver, Peter, Paul, and Mary, The Brothers Four, and The Chad Mitchell Trio. The Milton Okun Musica...

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Is tonight's symphony performance going to be recorded and shared on social media or Mark on the web after the concert?
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Hi, I am researching my DUMBLETON family history. During my research I discovered several documents that you had in your library that relate to the Dumbleton name. These documents are notated music by H. Dumbleton. They are dated 1854. I believe that they are Minstrel (Negro) music. I know that there was a Dumbleton and his band of Minstrels. I am assuming, although i may be wrong, that they are both the same man. However, i know nothing about him. I was wondering what you can tell me about him like where he was from, when he was born etc. Are there any pictures of what he looked like? Any information you are able to share would be greatly appreciated. I am unable to visit in person due to my location being the UK. In fact any information on anything Dumbleton related that you are allowed to share would be really useful. Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from you. P.Si have emailed the "Ask a Librarian" and was told to contact the Performing Arts department. I cannot find an Email address for the department so i am posting on here