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 […]
In a time before selfies with celebrities, how did music lovers capture meetings with musicians and composers of repute? Well, one favorite collector’s treasure was the musical autographs album – a book intended for admired composers and virtuosos to write out a small piece of music, an excerpt from a larger work, or even a […]
It is with great excitement that I announce the availability of a new web archive collection from the Library of Congress – the LC Commissioned Composers Web Archive! This digital collection contains archived websites of composers commissioned with Music Division funds.
Watch the world premiere of Maria Schneider’s Library-commissioned work “Data Lords,” and view interviews as well as a panel discussion with the Grammy Award-winning composer, arranger and bandleader.
This is a guest post by Melinda Gonzalez, a full-time intern working with me through December on an inventory of the Music Division’s primary sources related to Latin American composers. Melinda is here in the Music Division through the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities National Internship Program (HNIP).
The following is a guest post from Music Reference Specialist Robert Lipartito. November 14 marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Johann Georg Leopold Mozart, composer, violinist, teacher, theorist, and one of music’s most famous stage parents. He is best known, of course, as father, teacher, manager, archivist, and personal secretary of Wolfgang Amadeus […]
To commemorate Steven Stucky’s 70th birthday, staff recount a moving experience with the composer during his last visit to the Performing Arts Reading Room.
From his Appalachian Spring ballet score for thirteen instruments (1944), Aaron Copland extracted an orchestral suite in 1945. A third configuration, requested by Eugene Ormandy in 1954, combines elements of both suite and ballet.
You can’t beat the next two weeks of Concerts from the Library of Congress programming, during which we will offer eight musical experiences that showcase a breadth of artistry and perspectives. Here’s a quick run-down so you can make your plans: Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 7pm Montpelier Room, Madison Building “Diversity and the Birth of […]
The following is a guest post from Ben West, a writer, director, producer, performer, and musical theatre historian. His current stage project is The Show Time! Trilogy, three new documentary musicals charting the evolution and cultural impact of the American musical: Show Time! The First 100 Years of the American Musical, 45 Minutes from Coontown, […]