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Composer Profile: Thea Musgrave and the Dramatic Element

Posted by: Cait Miller

The following is a guest post from Music Cataloger Laura Yust. Scottish composer Thea Musgrave was born in Barnton, Midlothian, near Edinburgh, Scotland on 27 May 1928. Still a busy composer as she celebrates her 84th birthday, Musgrave has written operas, concertos, chamber music, solo vocal and choral music, solo instrumental music, and electro-acoustic music. …

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Sheet Music of the Week: Bicycle Bloomers Edition

Posted by: Pat Padua

In Washington, meteorological spring came in like a lamb. In the Muse would like to take this fair-weather opportunity to revisit last week’s bicycle theme with M. Florence’s “Bloomer March,” which if the illustration is to be believed,   conveys the fin de siècle pleasures of riding a bicycle while dressed in bloomers.  Florence dedicates the …

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Cataloger’s Corner: The Geraldine Farrar Collection

Posted by: Cait Miller

The following is a guest post from Senior Music Cataloger Sharon McKinley. As a cataloger, I don’t generally become intimate with the Library of Congress’s special collections, but sometimes magic happens. Several years ago, I encountered American soprano Geraldine Farrar (1882-1967) quite by accident in the course of creating a bibliographic record for her collection. …

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Pic of the Week: A Tribute to Ella Edition

Posted by: Pat Padua

Tickets are still available for  a concert that promises to be one of the highlights of the season.  This Saturday the U. S. Army Band  ”Pershing’s Own,” with the help of vocalist Christal Rheames , continues its Concerts from The Collection series with a tribute to the legendary Ella Fitzgerald.   The event takes place …

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Mozart’s Sister

Posted by: Cait Miller

When I first heard about the new French film, Mozart’s Sister, I immediately marked November 4th on my calendar, because Rene Feret’s new film opens at DC’s E Street Cinema today! Feret has made clear that the film is largely fiction, with historical roots in the Mozart family dynamics and women’s status in 18th-century Austrian …