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We Just Keep Adding…to BARD!

One of the fun and interesting parts of working at the NLS Music Section is being able to upload files to BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download). Our patrons are always checking to see what is new in the “Recently Added” link, and we frequently remind them that not all the NLS Music Section collection is available on BARD.  But we can certainly send you a hard copy if what you’re looking for is not there.  Give us a call at 800-424-8567, or e-mail us at [email protected]

Here are some recent additions, ranging from German lieder to the tango to jazz from a master.

If you have a taste for lieder, Schubert’s Ungeduld, from Die schöne Müllerin is available for download at BRM 36359, and Schumann’s Frühlingsnacht from his Liederkreis,op. 39  is at BRM 36373.

Alberto Evaristo Ginastera, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right

Works with an Argentine feel are from one of my favorite popular American composers, Leroy Anderson with Blue Tango at BRM 07419. More of the same is from Alberto Ginastera, with BRM 28899Rondo on Argentine Children’s Folk Tunes.

 

Art Tatum, 1910-1956

Now, let’s get cool.  Just Standards, Real Book C Edition is at BRM 36374, is a great fake book with over 200 songs and possible chord options. And for you serious students of jazz, The Right Hand According to Tatum is waiting for you at BRM 36375.

We may not have everything, but we are always on the prowl for our patrons and their interests, from the classical recital hall to a speak-easy dive.  It’s all music to us.

 

 

Back to School: Method Books Edition (Part 2)

Last week, we detailed method books in the collection for wind instruments. This week, we are highlighting method books in our collection for string instruments and percussion, with some jazz method books thrown in for good measure! If there is anything here that could be useful to you or your student, please don’t hesitate to […]

Back to School: Method Books Edition (Part 1)

Although for most of us it still feels like the middle of summer outside, it is time for many folks to begin thinking about back-to-school, and the new books and supplies for the year. That, of course, includes books for music classes, band, and orchestra. In the past, we’ve discussed books for college students, and […]

A Gem in the Music Appreciation Collection

One of the most nerve-racking events I ever experienced as a music student was participating in master classes. I remember one class in particular vividly; the feeling of slight panic as the master class teacher repeated for the fourth time, “no, not like that, try again.” I could hear the audience shifting in their seats […]

There’s No Song Like an Old Song

I’m always reminding myself how fortunate I am to live in an area that offers not only great classical music, theater and dance performances, but many popular music performers make a stop, especially during the summer. Being a child of the sixties, rock and roll concerts usually meant performances in smoky nightclubs (missed out on […]

Thinking About Learning Braille Music? Part II

Continued from last week While Bettye Krolick’s How to Read Braille Music: An Introduction is suitable for students who already know the basics of music and only need to learn how to decipher braille music symbols, Richard Taesch’s An Introduction to Music for the Blind Student is suitable for students who are just starting their […]

Thinking About Learning Braille Music? Part I

I always get excited when a patron requests a book on reading braille music because it means one more patron might be able to take advantage of our wonderful braille music collection. In my opinion, braille music readers have an edge over non-readers since they are able to explore and interpret the score themselves. In […]

The Soul of the Saxophone

In the space of just two weeks, musicians and music-lovers remember the life and death of two of the most famous saxophonists known to the world: Eric Dolphy, who passed away on June 29th, 1964 and Albert Ayler, who was born on July 13th, 1936. Each of them left an indelible mark on the world, […]

New Titles from Bill Brown

For this week’s blog, the staff of the Music Section decided it would be a good idea to update our readers on some of our newly added titles from Bill Brown. These books are not on BARD. However, they are all available on digital cartridge. If you see something that interests you, please get in touch […]

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 […]