Embodying Bernstein: An Open Letter to Jake Gyllenhaal and Bradley Cooper from Daniel Callahan, Presenting “Bernstein Conducting Himself” This Tuesday, May 15

The following is a guest post from Dr. Daniel Callahan, Assistant Professor in the Department of Music at Boston College, who will be presenting the Spring 2018 American Musicological Society/Library of Congress lecture on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 (tomorrow). The event is free and open to the public.   Dear Bradley Cooper and Jake Gyllenhaal, […]

American Ballet Theatre on the Road: Touring Rodeo

The following is a guest post from Sophie Benn, one of the Music Division’s Fellows from Case Western Reserve University this past summer. Dance Archivist Libby Smigel introduces her. I’m beginning to believe that every dance historian could benefit from working alongside a dance-loving musicologist. This past summer graduate student Sophie Benn fit that role […]

Main Reading Room Open House 10/9

On Monday, October 9, visitors to the Library will have the opportunity to see and explore our historic Main Reading Room in the Thomas Jefferson Building, as part of the Library’s Semi-Annual Main Reading Room Open House. This family-friendly opportunity offers the public an opportunity to get a taste of the Library’s collections, exhibitions, and […]

Not at All Quiet on the Western Front: The Great War Initiation of a Hollywood Veteran

Zachary Maiorana interned in the European Division this summer updating lists of e-resources that are especially valuable for European studies.  He alternated with interning at the Smithsonian, as well.  Zach graduated in May from Ohio State University with a B.A. in an Honors program which included English and Linguistics and minors in History and German. […]

A Musical Artifact Rediscovered for Nagrin and Starer’s Indeterminate Figure

Last week we featured a guest post from summer Fellow Rachel McNellis who shared discoveries from her work with the Daniel Nagrin Collection. This week she links an unidentified score titled “Vanity” to one of Nagrin’s seminal dance works, Indeterminate Figure.   Daniel Nagrin, a renowned modern dancer with a humanist worldview, included this brief […]

Severed Limbs and Other Findings in the Daniel Nagrin Collection

The following is a guest post from Rachel McNellis, one of the Music Division’s summer Fellows. Dance Archivist Libby Smigel introduces her. I have been delighted to have two Case Western Reserve University Fellows this summer, and am pleased to have Rachel McNellis share her experience working with the legacy materials of choreographer Daniel Nagrin. […]

Finding Afro-Kola at the Library of Congress

The following is a guest blog by 2016-2017 Library of Congress Jazz Scholar Ingrid Monson. “Finding Afro-Kola at the Library of Congress”  Ingrid Monson, Harvard University 2016-2017 Library of Congress Jazz Scholar For scholars and researchers interested in jazz, a visit to the Music Division of the Library of Congress can be a rewarding improvisation […]

Courage and Improvisation: The Max Roach Papers

The following is a guest blog by 2016-2017 Library of Congress Jazz Scholar Ingrid Monson. “Courage and Improvisation: The Max Roach Papers” Ingrid Monson, Harvard University 2016-2017 Library of Congress Jazz Scholar As I sat going through box after box of the Max Roach Papers in the Music Division at the Library of Congress, the […]