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How to Celebrate Mahler’s Birthday Like a Researcher

Posted by: Nicholas A. Brown-Cáceres

This past Sunday, July 7, 2013 marked the 153rd birthday of composer and conductor Gustav Mahler (1860-1911). The weekend was filled with performances of Mahler’s greatest works around the world, including his third symphony at Tanglewood with the Boston Symphony (Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, conductor) and fourth symphony at the Castleton Festival (Lorin Maazel, conductor) …

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Six Questions: Paul Fraunfelter, Digital Conversion Specialist

Posted by: Pat Padua

The following post is by Carlos Martinez III, Office of Strategic Initiatives. In a recent blog post, I discussed a World War I Sheet Music digitization project and some of my contributions to it. I had the pleasure of working alongside several team members and Paul Fraunfelter, Digital Conversion Specialist from the Music Division. Over …

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The Music Division on the Beeb

Posted by: Pat Padua

Senior Music Specialist Mark Horowitz alerts In the Muse that one of our esteemed colleagues can be heard on the BBC this week. Last fall, a crew from the British Broadcasting Corporation visited the Library of Congress to produce a segment on four treasures from the Music Division’s storied vaults for the program Tales from …

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Remembering 20th Century Masters Henri Dutilleux & Harold Shapero

Posted by: Nicholas A. Brown-Cáceres

In recent months we have lost several icons from different aspects of twentieth century and contemporary culture, such as legendary film critic Roger Ebert (d. April 4, 2013) and British conductor Sir Colin Davis (d. April 14, 2013). In the month of May the classical music world grieved two beloved composers, Henri Dutilleux (January 22, …

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Gelukkige verjaardag! Eugène Ysaÿe at 155

Posted by: David Plylar

On June 16, 1858, the great Belgian violinist, composer and conductor Eugène Ysaÿe was born. A well-known icon to most violinists, he was a major transitional figure in the development of modern violin performance practice. In addition to his compositional work, Ysaÿe was also an advocate of transcription, and made interesting forays into that world. …

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Un après-midi à l’opéra | An Afternoon at the Opera

Posted by: Nicholas A. Brown-Cáceres

This Thursday, June 6th at 12:00 pm the Library of Congress Chorale, comprised of staff and retirees from throughout the Library, performs a special tribute to the bicentennials of Richard Wagner (1813-1883) and Giuseppi Verdi (1813-1901), “An Afternoon at the Opera.” Offering a survey of operatic traditions, the program includes some of the great opera …

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Flute Blowout

Posted by: Cait Miller

While perusing The Wall Street Journal earlier this month, Musical Instrument Curator Carol Lynn Ward-Bamford happened upon a review of Canadian photographer Todd McLellan’s new book Things Come Apart and she stopped in her tracks. There she saw a photograph of a bicycle’s parts laid out neatly, grouped with like pieces (an example from his …

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To Richard Wagner on His 200th Birthday: A Textilian Tale Retold

Posted by: Cait Miller

The following is a guest post by Senior Music Specialist Susan Clermont. Anniversaries commemorating the significant birthdays or deaths of famous composers often provide the curatorial staff here at the Library of Congress with great opportunities to take stock, so to speak, of what riches related to a certain figure might be found among our …