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Pondering Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos

Posted by: Nicholas A. Brown-Cáceres

On Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 8:00pm the Freiburger Barockorchester (Freiburg Baroque Orchestra) will perform the complete Brandenburg Concertos by J.S. Bach in the Coolidge Auditorium. For more information about attending the concert, visit the event page. Though advance tickets are no longer available, you may obtain RUSH tickets at the door beginning two hours …

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Music & Native American Heritage Month

Posted by: Nicholas A. Brown-Cáceres

The Library of Congress, in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, maintains an exciting web portal for Native American Heritage Month. This web portal aggregates digital resources (exhibits, digitized print resources, audio and video) …

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2013-2014 Concerts from the Library of Congress Season Brochure

Posted by: Nicholas A. Brown-Cáceres

Check out our newly released 2013-2014 Concerts from the Library of Congress Season Brochure. Join us for an exciting season of stellar concerts—classical pop, country, jazz, Americana, rock, bluegrass and musical theater. Plus, you will have the opportunity to be a part of unique experiences only available at the world’s largest music library. The season …

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Flute Blowout

Posted by: Cait Miller

While perusing The Wall Street Journal earlier this month, Musical Instrument Curator Carol Lynn Ward-Bamford happened upon a review of Canadian photographer Todd McLellan’s new book Things Come Apart and she stopped in her tracks. There she saw a photograph of a bicycle’s parts laid out neatly, grouped with like pieces (an example from his …

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Connecting Culture and Community: Newly Available Webcasts

Posted by: Nicholas A. Brown-Cáceres

As part of our global mission, Concerts from the Library of Congress preserves all public programs for the national digital collections through film and audio recordings. Several webcasts of concerts, lectures and panels from the 2012-2013 season have recently been made available. Stay tuned to In the Muse for the release of even more webcasts …

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A Rameaukin of Rameau’s kin

Posted by: David Plylar

On Saturday afternoon the Coolidge Collective (my new name for our dedicated audience) will descend on the Library for a fête du clavecin, served by the great harpsichordist and founder/director of Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset. The program will include a delectable assortment of harpsichord works both familiar and less so, featuring music by François …

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PagaNewni: Composers Rise to the Paganini Challenge–A Paganini Project Update

Posted by: David Plylar

Friday, February 1, 2013. The following is a guest post provided by Peter Sheppard Skærved, who recently appeared at the Library in events dedicated to its Paganini holdings and collection of Cremonese instruments. I am powerfully aware of the constant dialogue between past and present. Working as a violinist equally involved with the discovery of …

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A Miró On Which To Dwell

Posted by: David Plylar

Perhaps the greatest problem with musical warhorses is that in winning the battle for performance time they have triumphed over other works that could have been heard “in-steed.” There are certain works, however, that I do not begrudge their trot to the top; among these is Schubert’s String Quartet in G major, D. 887, the …