The following is a guest post from Ben West, writer, director, producer, performer, and musical theatre historian. He is currently a curator for the forthcoming Museum of Broadway in Times Square, New York City. He is also currently writing and developing several stage projects including The Show Time! Trilogy, three new documentary musicals about the evolution […]
The Jerome Kern Collection features correspondence, including love letters from Jerome Kern to his wife Eva Leale and a letter to her father requesting his blessing to propose.
Discusses the numerous Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated manuscript film scores in the Music Division’s collections.
Did you know that two of the most famous violinists in history – Jascha Heifetz and Fritz Kreisler – are birthday twins? On Feb. 2, 2020, it will be Heifetz’s 119th birthday and Kreisler’s 145th birthday. You can engage with both of their legacies right here in the Music Division.
The following is a guest post by Anne McLean of the Music Division An exciting run of 45+ events is ahead for the spring season of Concerts from the Library of Congress, kicked off by back-to-back performances by two stellar ensembles rarely sighted in the U.S. Superlative performances are expected from our season-openers, concerts that […]
The third Monday of January is the only federal holiday designated as a day of service. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was signed into law in 1983 and first observed in 1986. There is a wealth of music composed in honor of Dr. King by eminent composers.
Oh give me the snow, the white wing’d snow That falls from the wint’ry sky That robes the earth in a vest of white, And sparkles and shines as the sun’s rich light, Like a starry arch on high. I love the snow! I love the snow! I love the snow! - John Brown, “I Love […]
American composer, teacher, publisher, and piano manufacturer William Batchelder Bradbury kept an album of musical autographs with signatures from Louis and Marianne Spohr, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Joseph Joachim, Robert and Clara Schumann, Ignaz Moscheles, and more. Learn more about the autographs and view the digitized album on the Library of Congress website.
Every generation has its saxophone heroes in jazz: Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Charlie Parker and John Coltrane all continue to inspire players in every style on just about every instrument. One of the great saxophonists and multi-instrumentalists of this generation is the Chicago-born, Columbia, South Carolina-raised Chris Potter. For the past three decades he’s been drawing […]