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Thanksgiving Music

Posted by: Cait Miller

Thanksgiving is upon us, and across the country our readers are making plans and preparations for Turkey Day. What kind of Thanksgiving-related music can we find in the Music Division’s stacks? Out of curiosity, I visited our “subject files” in the office to see what sort of information our reference librarians collected back before the …

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American Ballet Theatre on the Road: Touring Rodeo

Posted by: Cait Miller

The following is a guest post from Sophie Benn, one of the Music Division’s Fellows from Case Western Reserve University this past summer. Dance Archivist Libby Smigel introduces her. I’m beginning to believe that every dance historian could benefit from working alongside a dance-loving musicologist. This past summer graduate student Sophie Benn fit that role …

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Upcoming Lecture: “The Kishineff Massacre and Domestic Musical Practice in America”

Posted by: Cait Miller

On Tuesday, October 24, the Library of Congress will welcome Dr. Randall E. Goldberg, Director and Associate Professor of Musicology at the Dana School of Music of Youngstown State University, to present on “The Kishineff Massacre and Domestic Musical Practice in America.” As part of the American Musicological Society/Library of Congress Lecture Series, Dr. Goldberg’s …

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Main Reading Room Open House 10/9

Posted by: Nicholas A. Brown-Cáceres

On Monday, October 9, visitors to the Library will have the opportunity to see and explore our historic Main Reading Room in the Thomas Jefferson Building, as part of the Library’s Semi-Annual Main Reading Room Open House. This family-friendly opportunity offers the public an opportunity to get a taste of the Library’s collections, exhibitions, and …

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Pearl Lang: A Choreographer Between Two Worlds

Posted by: Cait Miller

The following is a guest post from Chava Lansky, one of the Music Division’s Fellows from this past summer. Dance Archivist Libby Smigel introduces her. Meet Chava Lansky, a recent graduate of Barnard College where she wrote a senior thesis on dance autobiographies. With her strong interest in dance history and research on Martha Graham’s …

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Not at All Quiet on the Western Front: The Great War Initiation of a Hollywood Veteran

Posted by: Cait Miller

Zachary Maiorana interned in the European Division this summer updating lists of e-resources that are especially valuable for European studies.  He alternated with interning at the Smithsonian, as well.  Zach graduated in May from Ohio State University with a B.A. in an Honors program which included English and Linguistics and minors in History and German. …

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Total Eclipse in the Music Division!

Posted by: Cait Miller

I have had August 21 circled on my calendar since I first heard about the 2017 total solar eclipse. And when I get pumped about anything pop culture, what do I do? I delve into the Music Division’s collections for related collection material, of course! Let’s start with a piece of total eclipse history. On …

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A Musical Artifact Rediscovered for Nagrin and Starer’s Indeterminate Figure

Posted by: Cait Miller

Last week we featured a guest post from summer Fellow Rachel McNellis who shared discoveries from her work with the Daniel Nagrin Collection. This week she links an unidentified score titled “Vanity” to one of Nagrin’s seminal dance works, Indeterminate Figure.   Daniel Nagrin, a renowned modern dancer with a humanist worldview, included this brief …