Pic of the Week: Lisztomania Edition

The following is a guest post from Senior Reference Specialist Kevin LaVine. Please note that tickets are still available for events in our Franz Liszt Bicentennial Project, with concerts in the Coolidge Auditorium from October 19-November 5. Please visit our Concert page for information on specific events.   For some events, tickets may be reserved […]

Pics of the Week: Old Friends — Simon and Garfunkel at 70 Edition

The following is a guest post from Music Division Contract Archivist Janet McKinney. Can you imagine us years from today, Sharing a park bench quietly? How terribly strange to be seventy… Old friends Seventy years ago today on October 13, 1941, Paul Simon was born. Three weeks later, Arthur Garfunkel was born on November 5th. […]

Sheet Music of the Week: The Birth of Cinema Edition

This week’s featured sheet music celebrates one of the pioneers of  cinema.  The aptly named Louis Lumière was born on this day in 1864.  In 1895 Louis and his brother Auguste patented the cinématographe, a device that worked as a film camera, developer and projector.  This was in contrast to Thomas Edison’s Kinetoscope, first demonstrated in 1891, […]

New Webcast: Tchaikovsky & Taneyev: Mentor and Protégé

The Music Division is happy to announce a new webcast from our spring lecture series, featuring Senior Reference Specialist and occasional guest blogger Kevin Lavine. Set within the artistic milieu of the last decades of Imperial Russia, Tchaikovsky & Taneyev: Mentor and Protégé traces the lives and careers of two of that country’s most influential […]

Sheet Music of the Week: Army Edition

The following is a guest post by Senior Cataloging specialist Sharon McKinley. Sept. 29 marks the date in 1789 on which the U.S. Army was created by Congress. As a former civilian Army librarian, I have a soft spot in my heart for members of our military and their families. They are wonderful people to […]

Pic of the Week: What the World Needs Now is the Recipient of the 2012 Gershwin Prize for Popular Song Edition

The Music Division has been busy this week. The Performing Arts Encyclopedia has just presented online collections both new (Franz Liszt, in honor of his bicentennial) and updated (fifteen composers and their works have been added to the American Choral Music presentation). But today we have a special announcement to make. The recipient of the 2012 […]

Congratulations to Dafnis Prieto, 2011 MacArthur Fellow

This week the MacArthur Foundation announced their list of  this year’s Fellows,  selected for ” their creativity, originality, and potential to make important contributions in the future.”   Winners came from a variety of fields: clinical psychology, architecture, radio production, and poetry. Among the honored musicans is percussionist/composer Dafnis Prieto, who was a memorable part of […]