The melody for the famous lullaby “Rock-a-Bye Baby” was composed, by Effie I. Canning near the end of the 19th century. Anecdotes about the history of the song vary, however, when researching numerous newspaper articles that present conflicting information.
The following is a guest post by virtual artist-in-residence, violinist Jennifer Koh. I am honored to be a virtual artist-in-residence at the Library of Congress. For the program that was streamed on November 19, 2020, I included works that engage with the question of who we are during this time of COVID. Beethoven Sonata No. […]
Meet three members of the Seeger Family—Charles Seeger, Ruth Crawford Seeger, and their daughter Peggy Seeger—through their music, writings, and correspondence in the newly described Seeger Family Collection. This wide-ranging and personal collection provides a number of avenues for research in folk and modern music, musicology, and family history.
The Erich Wolfgang Korngold Collection at the Library of Congress contains correspondence, the majority of which is addressed to Luzi Korngold, Erich’s wife, and provides insight into her work as a published author, Erich’s assistant, and her close relationships with her extended family.
Independent scholar Bonnie H. Miller discusses how she conducted research in the Library of Congress Performing Arts Reading Room for her book, “August Browne: Composer and Woman of Letters in Nineteenth-Century America.”
American composer, teacher, publisher, and piano manufacturer William Batchelder Bradbury kept an album of musical autographs with signatures from Louis and Marianne Spohr, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Joseph Joachim, Robert and Clara Schumann, Ignaz Moscheles, and more. Learn more about the autographs and view the digitized album on the Library of Congress website.
Watch the world premiere of Maria Schneider’s Library-commissioned work “Data Lords,” and view interviews as well as a panel discussion with the Grammy Award-winning composer, arranger and bandleader.
This is a guest post by Melinda Gonzalez, a full-time intern working with me through December on an inventory of the Music Division’s primary sources related to Latin American composers. Melinda is here in the Music Division through the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities National Internship Program (HNIP).
You can’t beat the next two weeks of Concerts from the Library of Congress programming, during which we will offer eight musical experiences that showcase a breadth of artistry and perspectives. Here’s a quick run-down so you can make your plans: Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 7pm Montpelier Room, Madison Building “Diversity and the Birth of […]
The following is a guest post from Ben West, a writer, director, producer, performer, and musical theatre historian. His current stage project is The Show Time! Trilogy, three new documentary musicals charting the evolution and cultural impact of the American musical: Show Time! The First 100 Years of the American Musical, 45 Minutes from Coontown, […]