OrchKids at the Library with Marin Alsop: A Special Family-Friendly Concert on April 13 at 2pm

The following is a guest post by Anne McLean of the Music Division. Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Director Marin Alsop brings the BSO’s talented OrchKids to the Library on Saturday, April 13. Fans of all ages are cordially invited to an afternoon of performances honoring iconic jazz composers Jelly Roll Morton and Scott Joplin and […]

Upcoming Lecture: “Americans’ Forgotten Love Affair with Opera”

The following is a guest post from Dr. Katherine K. Preston, Professor Emerita at The College of William & Mary. Dr. Preston will be presenting “Americans’ Forgotten Love Affair with Opera” as part of the AMS/LC Lecture Series on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 7pm in the Madison Building’s Montpelier Room. The lecture is free […]

Announcing the Maxine Glorsky Collection: Saving the Light

The following is a guest post from K. Mitchell “Mitch” Snow, a scholar-volunteer in the Music Division. Dance Archivist Libby Smigel introduces him. Last August the Music Division was delighted to receive a major gift of career papers from award-winning stage manager Maxine Glorsky. While the Library of Congress is widely regarded as the destination […]

Augmented Realities: A Video Game Music Mini-Fest

The Music Division of the Library of Congress will be presenting a series of events exploring video game music, from retro bits to VR hits. We will be looking at the history of game music, and learning about how it works from acclaimed musicians who are actively composing for some of the biggest franchises and […]

Polarizing Political Issues: The Anti-Suffrage Rose

The following is a guest post from Senior Music Cataloging Specialist Laura Yust. Laura’s post marks the final blog post in our Women’s History Month series that highlights selections from the Music Division’s digital collection Woman’s Suffrage in Sheet Music. The suffragists of the early 20th century faced organized opposition from the anti-suffragists, both men […]

Alvin Ailey and the Black Experience

The following is a guest blog post from Dance Curator Libby Smigel and Howard University intern Jacquelyn Chin: The Music Division was selected to host one of the Library’s three spring internships from Howard University. Dance archivist Libby Smigel is working with Jacquelyn Chin on the Division’s Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation collection.  A senior psychology […]

William P. Gottlieb’s Celebration of Women

William P Gottlieb was a music journalist and photographer whose byline appeared in The Washington Post, Downbeat and Record Changer from 1938-1948. He taught himself to use a speed graphic camera and began to shoot musicians to illustrate his articles. The Library purchased his collection in 1995 and scanned all his prints and negatives, now […]

Suffrage Music on Parade: Part Two

As promised, every Wednesday this month In the Muse is featuring a blog post that highlights stories and names that lie within the Music Division’s recently-launched digital collection, Women’s Suffrage in Sheet Music. Last week, I located a newspaper article that contextualized Fanny Connable Lancaster and Florence Livingston Lent’s “Suffrage Marching Song” and described its […]

Baseball’s Greatest Hits: Over 1000 Songs about Our National Game

The following is a guest post by Senior Music Specialist (and Red Sox fan) Susan Clermont:  If you were asked to name a popular song about baseball, most likely you’d begin singing the chorus to the 1908 hit Take Me Out to the Ball Game, the third most recognized tune in the United States.  What […]