Vicomtesse Marie de Grandval: A composer with pen names galore

At the end of my January blog post about 19th-century French composer Louise Angélique Bertin, I promised that a feature was forthcoming about her contemporary Marie Felicie Clémence de Reiset, the Vicomtesse de Grandval (1828/30-1907). I can’t wait to share some Music Division treasures of hers with you in honor of Women’s History Month!

Celebrate Black History Month with Music Research Guides

As Black History Month comes to a close, the Music Division is pleased to announce three recently published research guides that highlight Black history in our collections: “Harry Thacker Burleigh: A Guide to Resources,” “Early African-American Music: A Bibliography,” and “Black Composers in Music Division Collections.”

Library of Congress Announces Virtual Concerts in March

The Library of Congress announces an impressive lineup of musicians and ensembles for an exciting spring 2021 season. Continuing its critically acclaimed virtual series, Concerts from the Library of Congress presents concerts, interviews and conversations with artists and composers, lectures, curator talks and educational offerings. Scheduled for webcast March through June, the 20 events include […]

“Loudly applauded”: Composer Louise Angélique Bertin

January 15, 2021 is the 216th birthday of Louise Angélique Bertin. She was a French composer, poet, librettist, and painter. She was the only composer to work directly with Victor Hugo, the first French composer to set Goethe’s Faust as an opera, and the first woman of the 19th century to have an opera performed at the Opéra de Paris. The Music Division has wonderful resources about Louise Angélique Bertin.

“Sing Me a Song with Social Significance”: Harold Rome and the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union

Lyricist and songwriter Harold Rome’s first Broadway score, “Pins and Needles,” became the longest running musical of the 1930s. With a cast of garment workers and a pro-union message, it was unlike any other musical seen at the time.