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 […]

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood in Conversation with the Librarian of Congress

The following is a guest post by Claudia Morales of the Music Division Country Music Icon and Gershwin Prize Recipient Garth Brooks “In Conversation with Librarian of Congress,” March 2 Special Guest Trisha Yearwood Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden will host a conversation with GRAMMY Award-winning country music singer and songwriter Garth Brooks and country […]

Happy Birthday Chris Potter

Every generation has its saxophone heroes in jazz: Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Charlie Parker and John Coltrane all continue to inspire players in every style on just about every instrument. One of the great saxophonists and multi-instrumentalists of this generation is the Chicago-born, Columbia, South Carolina-raised Chris Potter. For the past three decades he’s been drawing […]

This Week: José André Montaño in Coolidge Auditorium

The following post was written by Music Reader Services Librarian Katie Rodda and published on October 24, 2019 on NLS Music Notes, a Library of Congress blog for and about those who want, need or provide the special format music of braille, audio, and large print offered by the NLS Music Section.    This week, on Thursday, November […]

Tank and The Bangas

This is a guest blog by Claudia Morales of the Music Division. The Music Division is ready to hit it with Tank and The Bangas this Friday, October 25, 2019, at 8:00 pm.  Included in the 2018 list of Rolling Stones “10 New Artists You Need to Know”and winners of 2017 NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest […]

Two Weeks and Some Change: Upcoming Events at the Library of Congress

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 […]

200 Years of Clara Schumann

One year ago, I published a blog post declaring my excitement about a one-year countdown to Clara Schumann’s 200th birthday and highlighted Schumann’s manuscript cadenzas from the Library’s Whittall Foundation Collection, material that is digitized and available online. Now, finally, Clara’s big day has arrived! 200 years ago, in Leipzig, Germany, Marianne Tromlitz gave birth […]