The Music Division celebrates the 257th birthday of composer Franz Ignaz Danzi, and summarizes efforts to report rare holdings to RISM, the Répertoire International des Sources Musicales.
The Alex North Papers document the career of American film composer Alex North and are now processed for researchers to consult in the Performing Arts Reading Room of the Library of Congress.
The following is a guest post from Senior Music Specialist Loras Schissel. In 1930, John Philip Sousa set down his memories of playing in the first violin section in a special grand orchestra assembled for the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia during the summer of 1876. The conductor of this orchestra was the celebrated composer Jacques […]
My experience reading works like Cervantes’ Don Quixote or Boccaccio’s Decameron always leaves me with a sense of déjà vu. How is it that people who lived so many centuries ago can still sound so modern, so relevant? While there is a “liter-heiry” influence of these writers to be felt in recent works, it also […]
Recently, the Music Division completed the processing of the Chet Baker Materials. During this anniversary month of his passing, we remember the life of the artist whose name will forever be synonymous with West Coast Jazz.
The following is a guest post from Anne McLean, Senior Producer in the Music Division. On May 28 Concerts from the Library of Congress launches a virtual programming initiative and premieres a new Library commission online Aural Explorations: Farrin, Fure and Messiaen features the stellar International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) in a special livestreamed concert capping […]
The following is a guest post from pianist and independent scholar Bonny H. Miller, author of Augusta Browne: Composer and Woman of Letters in Nineteenth-Century America (Boydell & Brewer, 2020): The life story of the American musician Augusta Browne (ca. 1820–1882) embodies persistence and faith amidst the antebellum era, the Civil War, and the […]
On April 2, 2020, academia lost Claudio Spies, a beloved music scholar, conductor, composer and author whose pedagogical wisdom will continue to inspire students for generations to come. The Library of Congress is home to the Claudio Spies Papers.
The Music Division of the Library of Congress has compiled a guide for K-12 music educators that highlights online resources available from the Library of Congress.
Mississippi-born composer William Grant Still (1895-1978) holds a significant place in the history of American music, and May 11, 2020 is his 125th birthday! I hope that this birthday blog post piques your interest about the many research possibilities in the Music Division about William Grant Still.