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Archive: 2011 (140 Posts)

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Cataloger’s corner: Elvis will never leave OUR building!

Posted by: Cait Miller

The following is a guest post from Senior Music Cataloger Sharon McKinley.   Yesterday marked the 34th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death (1935-1977). If he were still alive today, he would be 76 years old – it’s hard to imagine how he’d look in rhinestones at that age, but no matter; he’s forever young in …

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Intern Insights from Jarek Ervin

Posted by: Cait Miller

The following is a guest post from 2011 Junior Fellow Jarek Ervin. My name is Jarek Ervin, and I spent my summer working as a Junior Fellow for the Music Division at the Library of Congress. During the year, I am a graduate student studying Music History at Temple University. My research is mostly focused …

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Intern Insights from Dana Barron

Posted by: Cait Miller

The following is a guest post from 2011 Junior Fellow Dana Barron. The familiar titles were there: Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Puccini’s Tosca, Wagner’s Parsifal.  Others were slightly less well known: Lighthouse by Peter Maxwell Davies and Castor et Pollux by Jean-Philippe Rameau.  And some were downright obscure: La morte di Oloferne, the sole surviving …

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Sheet Music of the Week: Dog Days Edition

Posted by: Pat Padua

In the Muse hopes our readers in the Northern Hemisphere are having an enjoyable summer. Things have been hot in Washington, and Morris S. Silver and Tom Confare’s  “Sunbeam,” from the Historic Sheet Music, 1800-1922 collection in the Performing Arts Encyclopedia, may provide cool solace in the form of  song. This illustration of a demonic sun  — undoubtedly a …

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Sheet Music of the Week: For the Beer Lovers

Posted by: Cait Miller

The following is a guest post from Archivist Contractor Janet McKinney. Whether it is Middle Name Pride Day, Pancake Day, or Talk Like a Pirate Day, it seems like there is a day to celebrate just about anything. International Beer Day? Sure! Although we may dismiss these “holidays” as frivolous, it is an opportunity to …

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Petermännchen: Poltergeist or Weeverfish?

Posted by: Pat Padua

The following is a guest post by Rachel Weiss, an intern whom we interviewed on Monday. Just after the turn of the twentieth century, the Music Division was still a fledgling organization.  In 1902, Oscar Sonneck was named its first Chief, and he laid the groundwork for the development of many of the division’s wonderful …

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Sheet Music of the Week: See You Next Month Edition

Posted by: Pat Padua

Composer Albert Gumble’s most popular song was  “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm,”  but his IMDB entry has a surprising series of credits: more than a dozen cartoon and comedy shorts, including the Bugs and Daffy vehicle “Duck! Rabbit! Duck!” These soundtrack listings come from Gumble and Bryan’s “Winter,” a popular musical cue for snowy cartoon scenes.  The …