One year ago today, In the Muse launched with Meet the Music Division, a post that interviewed several staff members about their personal experience with Beatlemania. Since then, we’ve brought you news of Music Division events, including our world-renowned concert programs. We’ve highlighted a wide variety of treasures from the collection – from old maestros like Bach and Chopin, to modern masters like Bersntein and Copland, to the jazz legends found in the photographs of William P. Gottlieb in the Performing Arts Encyclopedia. We’ve raised many a virtual toast in honor of birthdays, such as that of today’s tomorrow’s celebrant – Ludwig van Beethoven. We’ve also featured a number of musical figures who you might not ordinarily associate with the Library of Congress, like Lawrence Welk (my personal favorite of the blog posts I’ve contributed). And we have noted the passings of musical legends from Lena Horne (one of our most viewed posts) to – speaking of artists you don’t associate with the Library – Mitch Miller.
You never know what you might see or hear In the Muse. We hope in the coming year to bring you more treasures and share more of our discoveries with our readership. What would you like to see more of on the blog?