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Over the Rainbow, and More: Part 2

This is a continuation of my survey of songs recently added to the LOC’s National Recording Registry, indicating where they may be found in the NLS music collection. (Note that Over the Rainbow was covered in last week’s blog.)

Puttin’ on the Ritz

Harry Richmond’s 1929 recording of this Irving Berlin song was added to the registry. NLS patrons have several choices: Eight Pieces for B-Flat Clarinet (BRM29289), Popular Music Lead Sheets No. 12 braille (BRM28198) and audio, (DBM01285), and Irving Berlin Anthology (BRM36211).

Bill Brown offers instruction for piano at DBM03323, and for guitar at DBM03290.

I’ll Fly Away, as performed by the Chuckwagon Gang in 1948.

Braille: Gospel Classics, arranged by Mark Hayes, BRM36268; The Daily Ukulele, 365 Songs, by Liz Belof, BRM35979.

Large print: Gospel’s Best Music, Compiled by James Aaron Brown, LPM00759.

Instructional recordings by Bill Brown: Flute, DBM03255; alto saxophone, DBM02743; and banjo, DBM02316.

People, from the show “Funny Girl”

When a Pittsburgh rock station played this Barbra Streisand recording in 1964, I impatiently waited for the return of “yeah, yeah, yeah” British invasion sounds. But now I appreciate her performance of this Jule Styne/Bob Merrill classic. Find a braille edition in Showcase for Piano, Vol. 2, BRM34812;  The Best of Broadway: 80 Great Songs of the American Musical Theatre, BRM27011. A recorded version comes from Bill Brown’s Piano by Ear series (DBM03526).

The Eagles’ 1976 Greatest Hits

This album is another addition to the National Recording Registry.

From Bill Brown:
Already Gone, Guitar, DBM01985;
Tequila Sunrise: Bass, DBM03467; guitar, DBM03478;
Peaceful Easy Feeling: Bass, DBM03246; guitar, DBM03288.
Best of My Love, alto saxophone, DBM02707.

Braille music readers can find “Best of My Love” in Tonight I Celebrate My Love: and Other Contemporary Love Songs (BRM33879).

I hope that this blog has been helpful. As always, we are here to serve you so if you have questions, please contact us.

Over the Rainbow, and More: Part 1

Every year, 25 recordings are added to the LOC’s National Recording registry, recordings that are considered “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.” The purpose of this blog is not to list all 25 of them, but to highlight those where the song is part of the NLS Music collection. Most of these items may be downloaded […]

Good Friday

The following post is from John Hanson, former Section Head of the NLS Music Section. Tomorrow is Good Friday. It is a major Christian holiday marking Jesus’ crucifixion. “Holiday” seems a little too joyful a term given its origin.  But the stock market is closed. Wall Street has a holiday. For me, growing up, Good Friday was […]

Women in the Arts

I have blogged previously about Women in Music  and although the official calendar date has passed for Women’s History Month, I would like to share my experience from a forum sponsored by the Library of Congress. Leaders in the Arts was a conversation held in the beautiful Members Room on March 22, 2017, with Librarian Carla Hayden […]

Ganne, Alford, Holst, and Others: Music of World War I

This April marks the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I. The Library of Congress is commemorating that significant anniversary with exhibits, publications, and other various activities. As part of this commemoration, the NLS Music Section was asked to provide braille music for blind visitors. While going through the collection, we […]

Liessens Music Writer, Part 2

Continued from last week August Liessens was born in 1894 in Ninove, Belgium. When he was seven years old, he enrolled at the local school for the blind, headed by the Brothers of Charity (Frères de la Charité).  Following that, Liessens was admitted to Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelle, a music school that boasts such famous faculty […]

Liessens Music Writer, Part 1

A few weeks ago, I read a discussion on a listserv about different ways for blind musicians to notate and print music. There were many helpful suggestions, mostly on music notational software.  As the discussion participants noted, these software can be costly and require tech savvy to use. This post is about a music notation […]

New Catalog Available!

Maybe that’s not the most exciting news you’ll hear today, but we’re excited! The Music Appreciation Catalog is making its debut and ready for all patrons interested in learning about music. Previously, we had music instruction and music appreciation joined together in one large print catalog, and while they were happy sharing the space, it was […]

Celebrating Black Composers

In honor of Black History Month, this blog post will highlight materials in the music section that are written by or about African American composers. These composers wrote in many styles, including popular, Western classical, jazz, gospel, and more. Here is some music by three Black composers that we have available in our collection. Harry […]