The following is a guest post by Reader Services Technician Mary Joy Lamb. While working as a technician in the Library of Congress Music Division I came across Clifford Hayes’s copyright lead sheet for “Bye Bye Blues” from 1928. The yellowed paper, the rushed corrections, and the date caught my eye. I snapped an image […]
Columnist Burt Boyar spent much of his life documenting the annals of Sammy Davis, Jr., a generational tour de force who surmounted extraordinary odds with his prodigious talent.
The Music Division celebrates the 257th birthday of composer Franz Ignaz Danzi, and summarizes efforts to report rare holdings to RISM, the Répertoire International des Sources Musicales.
The Alex North Papers document the career of American film composer Alex North and are now processed for researchers to consult in the Performing Arts Reading Room of the Library of Congress.
The following is a guest post from Senior Music Specialist Loras Schissel. In 1930, John Philip Sousa set down his memories of playing in the first violin section in a special grand orchestra assembled for the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia during the summer of 1876. The conductor of this orchestra was the celebrated composer Jacques […]
My experience reading works like Cervantes’ Don Quixote or Boccaccio’s Decameron always leaves me with a sense of déjà vu. How is it that people who lived so many centuries ago can still sound so modern, so relevant? While there is a “liter-heiry” influence of these writers to be felt in recent works, it also […]
Recently, the Music Division completed the processing of the Chet Baker Materials. During this anniversary month of his passing, we remember the life of the artist whose name will forever be synonymous with West Coast Jazz.
The following is a guest post from Anne McLean, Senior Producer in the Music Division. On May 28 Concerts from the Library of Congress launches a virtual programming initiative and premieres a new Library commission online Aural Explorations: Farrin, Fure and Messiaen features the stellar International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) in a special livestreamed concert capping […]
Independent scholar Bonnie H. Miller discusses how she conducted research in the Library of Congress Performing Arts Reading Room for her book, “August Browne: Composer and Woman of Letters in Nineteenth-Century America.”
On April 2, 2020, academia lost Claudio Spies, a beloved music scholar, conductor, composer and author whose pedagogical wisdom will continue to inspire students for generations to come. The Library of Congress is home to the Claudio Spies Papers.