Sheet Music Spotlight: “A National Feeling Song” for Buchanan

The following is a guest post from retired Music Cataloger Sharon McKinley. The Library of Congress recently made the James Buchanan and Harriet Lane Johnston Papers available online. It’s a fascinating treasure-trove of documents, including a wonderful series of letters between Buchanan and his niece and ward Harriet Lane (later Johnston), who served as the […]

Special Collections: New Finding Aids Available!

The Music Division of the Library of Congress is home to over 500 named special collections – that is, the personal papers of significant figures and companies ranging from composers, to musicians, to costume designers, to choreographers, to publishers and beyond. You can see an alphabetical listing of our special collections online that includes links […]

Great and Good Friends: An Exhibition That Showcases the Library’s Thai Instruments

The following is a guest post from Lara Szypszak, Concert Assistant for the Music Division. An upcoming exhibition in Bangkok at the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles (running March 21 through June 30) highlights 200 years of U.S.-Thai friendship, and is thus aptly titled Great and Good Friends. A few of our instruments, including hand […]

Nicholas Longworth and The Friends of Music in the Library of Congress

The following is a guest post from Lara Szypszak of the Music Division. On Friday, January 12, 2018 at 8pm, Italian ensemble Europa Galante will perform in the Coolidge Auditorium. Presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington, DC, this concert honors Nicholas Longworth, former Speaker of the […]

The Music Division Wishes You a Happy New Year!

The following is a guest post by retired cataloger Sharon McKinley Looking for an appropriate New Year’s greeting, I found this song featuring a distinguished-looking gentleman with great facial hair on the cover. The title seems pretty tame, but the subtitle, Dedicated to my customers… is pure click-bait- -19th century style. Pleasant and easy to sing, it’s […]

Les parfums de la nuit: Debussy through the eyes of Charles Griffes

Free Download: Sheet music of Debussy’s Les parfums de la nuit as transcribed for the piano by Charles Griffes On Saturday, November 4, 2017, Solungga Liu performed a recital in the Coolidge Auditorium that featured the music of Charles Griffes, Amy Beach and César Franck. Included on the program was a transcription by Griffes of […]

Tickets Available December 13th!

The following is a guest post from Lara Szypszak of the Music Division. It’s that time of year again–time to reserve your tickets for all upcoming Concerts from the Library of Congress events from January through June 2018! This is a chance to attend an outstanding range of free events, and an opportunity to experience […]