The Library of Congress announces an impressive lineup of musicians and ensembles for an exciting spring 2021 season. Continuing its critically acclaimed virtual series, Concerts from the Library of Congress presents concerts, interviews and conversations with artists and composers, lectures, curator talks and educational offerings. Scheduled for webcast March through June, the 20 events include …
January 15, 2021 is the 216th birthday of Louise Angélique Bertin. She was a French composer, poet, librettist, and painter. She was the only composer to work directly with Victor Hugo, the first French composer to set Goethe’s Faust as an opera, and the first woman of the 19th century to have an opera performed at the Opéra de Paris. The Music Division has wonderful resources about Louise Angélique Bertin.
This In Memoriam blog post remembers Dr. Cyrilla Barr (1929-2021), musicologist and Professor Emerita at The Catholic University of America, who researched music patron Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge in the Music Division's collections and published Coolidge's biography.
Lyricist and songwriter Harold Rome's first Broadway score, "Pins and Needles," became the longest running musical of the 1930s. With a cast of garment workers and a pro-union message, it was unlike any other musical seen at the time.