Jazz Scholar John Szwed on Visiting the Library

The following is a guest blog by 2016-2017 Library of Congress Jazz Scholar John Szwed. Notes on My Visit to the Music Division By John Szwed I’ve visited the Library of Congress a number of times over the years for many different reasons, sometimes for research on a writing project, at others just out of curiosity. […]

Pride in the Library: LGBTQ+ Voices in the Library’s Collections

This is a guest post by Meg Metcalf, women’s, gender and LGBTQ+ studies librarian in the Main Reading Room. It was originally posted on the Library of Congress Blog. The collections of the Library of Congress tell the rich and diverse story of LGBTQ+ life in America and around the world. To share this story, […]

The Final Years of Pilgrimage: Sketches and Sources for Liszt’s Années de pèlerinage, Troisième année

In January of 2016 the Library of Congress acquired a holograph manuscript and a copyist’s manuscript (with composer edits and annotations) of Franz Liszt’s Den Cypressen der Villa d’Este. These two manuscripts are earlier incarnations of the first threnody from the final volume of the Années de pèlerinage. The troisième année was published in 1883, with […]

Happy Birthday Gerry Mulligan!

Legendary saxophone player Gerry Mulligan (1927-1996) would have turned 90 today (April 6th)! In commemoration of his birthday and Jazz Appreciation Month, we invite you to explore the Gerry Mulligan Collection at the Library of Congress. Below are links to the collection finding aid, articles, and some fun digital resources. If you have any reference […]

Jeannette Rankin: First Woman Sworn Into Congress 100 Years Ago

The following is a cross-post from the Library of Congress Blog, written by Wendi Maloney and published on March 31, 2017 under the title “Women’s History Month: First Woman Sworn Into Congress 100 Years Ago.” One hundred years ago this Sunday—on April 2, 1917—Jeannette Rankin was sworn into the 65th Congress as the first woman […]

Special Invitation: SHIFT Festival Symposium

The Library of Congress is pleased to invite “In the Muse” readers to attend a special event co-presented with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Washington Performing Arts, as part of SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras. On Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 10:00 am a host of distinguished arts leaders […]

This Week: Collecting, Women’s Day & Jazz Legends

This Week at the Library: Tuesday, 3/7, 12:00 pm – Obsession, Collection, Donation: Dayton C. Miller (Lecture) Wednesday, 3/8, 2:00 pm – The Sounds of Feminist Revolution (Lecture) Thursday, 3/9, 7:00 pm – Miles and Trane as Living Ancestors (Lecture) ***** Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – 12:00 pm [Lecture] Obsession, Collection, Donation: Dayton C. Miller, […]

This Week: Hagen Quartet, Hindemith, Monson & Hutchins

This Week at the Library: Tuesday, 2/28, 12:00 pm – Hindemith’s Musical Responses to WWI (Lecture) Wednesday, 3/1, 12:00 pm – Ingrid Monson (Interview) Friday, 3/3, 6:30 pm – American Luthier: Carleen Hutchins (Lecture) Friday, 3/3, 8:00 pm – Hagen Quartet (Concert) ***** Tuesday, February 28, 2017 – 12:00 pm [Lecture] Hindemith’s Musical Responses to […]

This Week: Rachmaninoff, Baseball, Tim Burton + Either/Or

This Week at the Library: 2/14, 12 pm – Plylar on Rachmaninoff (Lecture) 2/15, 12 pm – Baseball’s Greatest Hits (Gallery Talk) 2/17, 7 pm – The Nightmare Before Christmas (Film) 2/18, 12 pm – The Nightmare Before Christmas (Film) 2/18, 8 pm – Either/Or (Concert) ***** Tuesday, February 14, 2017 – 12:00 pm [Lecture] […]