Announcing the 2020-2021 Season of Concerts from the Library of Congress

The 2020-2021 season of Concerts from the Library of Congress will be all-virtual, in an unprecedented move to safely offer music and lectures to the public. The times require creative approaches from artists and presenters to responsibly offer programs, and we are doing what we can to provide remote access to the music and resources […]

Clifford Hayes, Ben Hunter, Earl McDonald, and the Louisville Jug Bands

The following is a guest post by Reader Services Technician Mary Joy Lamb. While working as a technician in the Library of Congress Music Division I came across Clifford Hayes’s copyright lead sheet for “Bye Bye Blues” from 1928. The yellowed paper, the rushed corrections, and the date caught my eye. I snapped an image […]

Concerts from the Library of Congress presents The Boccaccio Project

My experience reading works like Cervantes’ Don Quixote or Boccaccio’s Decameron always leaves me with a sense of déjà vu. How is it that people who lived so many centuries ago can still sound so modern, so relevant? While there is a “liter-heiry” influence of these writers to be felt in recent works, it also […]

Intimate, absorbing, engaging—the Music Division enters the world of the virtual concert hall

The following is a guest post from Anne McLean, Senior Producer in the Music Division. On May 28 Concerts from the Library of Congress launches a virtual programming initiative and premieres a new Library commission online Aural Explorations: Farrin, Fure and Messiaen features the stellar International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)  in a special livestreamed concert capping […]

Chucho Valdés in Conversation

On Saturday, October 16, 2019, Concerts from the Library of Congress hosted Afro-Cuban jazz master, Chucho Valdés. Founder and director of the legendary Cuban jazz band Irakere, winner of six GRAMMYs and four Latin GRAMMYs, Chucho Valdés is not just an authority in the jazz world, he is a living legend. As part of his engagement at […]

The Unpopular Opinions of Glenn Gould or “How Mozart Became a Bad Composer”

The following is a guest post from Music Reference Specialist James Wintle. Let me begin with a personal anecdote. My parents are or were both musicians – my father was a composer – and so my appreciation for classical music was probably equal parts nature and nurture. So, when I entered graduate school as a […]