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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.



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 […]

It’s Summertime!

Now that the hockey season is officially over, there is only one major sport that is capturing the nation’s attention: baseball! I find that baseball is synonymous with summer, as it’s been played in the summer months for generations. I’m sure I’m not alone recalling warm summer evenings spent gathered around the radio listening to […]

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 […]

An American Classic: Irving Berlin

We’ve discussed show-tunes, Broadway, and the Great American Songbook on the blog before, but we have yet to talk about perhaps one of the most influential composers of American standards: Irving Berlin, who happens to celebrate his 129th birthday today. Along with penning a few Broadway scores, including the score for Annie Get Your Gun, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Don’t Give Up!

While reviewing our file archive, I came upon a letter sent to us in 1989 and experienced a sharp reminder of how our services have advanced in filling requests. At times, I have flashbacks to the pre-internet era and usually shudder.  Speedy communication is one of the positives of the medium, it seems to me.  […]