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Happy Birthday Lady Day

Posted by: Pat Padua

Billie Holiday, one of the great jazz singers, was born April 7, 1915.  She recounted her hard life in the autobiography Lady sings the blues, but despite her suffering at the hands of family, a racist society, and her own addictions,  despite the smoky, world-weary voice of her later years, the joy her music brought to …

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Women’s History Month: Women Composers in the Music Division

Posted by: Pat Padua

  This post was excerpted from an article written by Robin Rausch, Senior Music Specialist, for the Library of Congress Information Bulletin. When Library of Congress music specialist Susan Clermont agreed to participate in a special event featuring works by women composers from the collections of the Library’s Music Division, she volunteered to explore the …

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Women’s History Month: Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel

Posted by: Pat Padua

The following post is adapted from an article by Kevin Lavine, Senior Music Specialist and Reference Librarian. The complete article, part of the web presentation Felix Mendelssohn at the Library of Congress,  can be read here. Drawn together by their shared love of music and exceptional talents, Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) and his older sister Fanny …