Sheet Music of the Week: All About Mizzi Edition

Like the tale of the blind men and the elephant, an artifact of popular culture as vivid as today’s featured sheet music at right has a variety of angles worth pursuing. What of the career of Austrian composer Heinrich Reinhardt, or lyricist Robert Bache Smith? And what of that fantastic cover art, which features besotted […]

Sheet Music of the Week: Pi Day Edition

Today is a date on which we celebrate not only the mathematical constant used to  determine circular measurements, but the delicious treat whose circular shape comforts us from the cooling windowsill to our growling stomach. Yet all is not rosy in the august lore of piedom. Hubbard T. Smith’s “The little pie” tells the antiquated […]

Sheet Music of the Week: Inauguration Day Edition

The following is a guest post by Retired Senior Cataloger  Sharon McKinley. Everyone loves Inauguration Day! What’s not to like? Flags fly, people cheer, and federal employees in the Washington area get the day off, because no one wants to compete with them for seats on Metro. We in the Music Division are joining in […]

Sheet Music of the Week: Song Reader

For years now In the Muse has been highlighting digitized sheet music from our collections in our “Sheet Music of the Week” series, sharing with our readers beautiful cover art, quirky titles and lyrics, and musical documentation of America’s cultural history. Because of copyright law, most of the digitized sheet music selections you will find […]

Sheet Music of the Week: Curiosity 1901 Edition

The intelligent universe has been fascinated with the images coming from Tuesday’s landing of Curiosity, the new Mars rover.  Man’s fascination with celestial objects is as old as civilization itself, and 20th century musical ruminations on the planets range from Holst’s 1916 orchestral suite The Planets to jazz iconoclast Sun Ra’s “Interplanetary Music” on the […]

Sheet Music of the Week: Lollapalooza Edition

The Oxford English Dictionary defines “lallapaloosa” as “something outstandingly good of its kind.” The term has its origins in American slang from the turn of the 20th century, but its most popular spelling variation is associated with a music festival of more recent vintage. Music fans converge on Chicago this weekend for the 2012 Lollapalooza. […]