Pic of the Week: Picken Dynasty Begins in Music Division

The following is a guest post from Music Archivist Chris Hartten. Laurence Picken (featured at right as our Pic of the Week!) first made his mark in academia as a scientist, but here in the Music Division we remember Picken as an eminent musicologist who spent nearly sixty years studying the musical traditions of East […]

Sheet Music of the Week: “God Bless America” on Veterans Day

Seventy-three years ago today, Irving Berlin’s patriotic song “God Bless America” was premiered by singer Kate Smith on her CBS radio show in recognition of what was then called Armistice Day. November 11th is now known as Veterans Day, but the power and popularity of Berlin’s song endures. Would you believe that the song was […]

Mozart’s Sister

When I first heard about the new French film, Mozart’s Sister, I immediately marked November 4th on my calendar, because Rene Feret’s new film opens at DC’s E Street Cinema today! Feret has made clear that the film is largely fiction, with historical roots in the Mozart family dynamics and women’s status in 18th-century Austrian […]

Sheet Music of the Week: Women in the Civil War Edition

          The following is a guest post by Reader Service Technician Melanie Guitreaux. While most people were marching off to the Civil War or finding material ways to support the war effort, one fair, anonymous Union lady wrote a war song, titled “The American Banner March.”  The cover of this piece […]

Five Questions: Florence Barber

The Music Division congratulates Florence Barber, who is leaving the Library after a long and storied career.  Cait Miller posed Five Questions to Florence. Florence, how many years have you worked for the Library of Congress? How long have you been in the Music Division specifically? Well, I have been employed by the Library of […]