Rhapsody in Black: Gautier Capuçon and Gabriela Montero

Tickets are now available for what promises to be an intensely romantic evening of music. Cellist Gautier Capuçon and pianist Gabriela Montero make up an exciting and photogenic musical partnership.  Born under the aegis of the legendary Argentine pianist Martha Argerich, the Venezuelan protégée and the brilliant young French cellist are two of the most charismatic […]

Happy Birthday John Coltrane!

One of the great tenor (and soprano) saxophone voices, composer John Coltrane was born on September 23, 1926.  The Music Division has a number of  lead sheets that Coltrane submitted to copyright for compositions such as “Blue Train” and “Moment’s Notice.” The Library is also home to a set of tapes recorded at a performance by […]

Elevator Music

“We consider Music by Muzak a definite part of the modern office. It goes naturally with good lighting, soft colors and intelligent layout. After the installation of Muzak, our best estimates show that efficiency increased 5%.” –R.R. Harley, Assistant Treasurer, National Gypsum Co., Buffalo NY, in a 1965 Muzak brochure. On September 20, 1853, Elisha […]

On Sale Now!

Tickets are  now available for the following concerts in the Coolidge Auditorium. All concerts are free but require tickets available from Ticketmaster. Click on the artist’s name below to reserve yours. Thursday, October 21 @8:00 pm Talich Quartet Masterworks performed by the second incarnation of one of the world’s finest quartets – the epitome of […]

From Ella to Pocahontas

Every other Friday, a new batch of photos from the William P. Gottlieb collection  is uploaded to Flickr. This week’s selection includes iconic photos of Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie, and  portraits of jazz greats such as Errol Garner, Benny Goodman, and Lionel Hampton. But in addition to the well-known names are intriguing  portraits of  lesser- […]

Happy Birthday Prez and Bird

Today, as will happen every other Friday for the next several months, additional batches of photographs from the William P. Gottlieb Collection have been uploaded to Flickr . This week’s set is particularly varied, with classic portraits of Duke Ellington, Billy Eckstine, Tommy Dorsey,  Doris Day, Nat “King” Cole, and Perry Como.  In addition to these portraits are […]

Sherman’s March to the Sea

The following blog post is by Mark Zelesky, recent graduate of the School of Library and Information Science, Louisiana State University. During our internship, my colleagues and I in the Junior Fellows internship discovered several items that highlight the diversity of materials collected by the Library of Congress. For ten weeks, we processed materials from […]

Happy Birthday Count Basie

Pianist, bandleader, composer, William “Count” Basie was born on this day in 1904. Some of the greatest names in jazz passed through his band, from tenor legend Lester Young to singers like Bille Holiday, Jimmy Rushing, and Joe Williams, just to name three. Basie’s career spanned fifty years and did not shy from whatever music happened […]