The Music Division is proud to offer two new web presentations in the Performing Arts Encyclopedia. The collection of notable dancer, choreographer and teacher Bronislava Nijinska (1891-1972) contains a diverse variety of materials documenting dance and the arts in the twentieth century. Available here are over 200 collection items, including manuscripts, books, diaries, choreographic notebooks, […]
Forty-one years ago today, astronaut Neil A. Armstrong became the first human being to set foot on the moon. The Apollo 11 broadcast from the moon on July 20, 1969, which transmitted Neil Armstrong’s immortal words, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” was named to the National Recording Registry in 2004. Remember one giant […]
The Music Division is proud to announce the launch of its first collaboration with By the People, a crowd-source transcription initiative from the Library of Congress. Today marks the start of Theater for the People: Federal Theatre Project playbills, a campaign to transcribe more than 7,750 pages of theater programs and fliers documenting productions from […]
The following is a blog post from first author Kaleena Black and co-author Claudia Morales. It was published on NAFME “Music Educators Journal”– September 2021 issue Kaleena Black is an Educational Resources Specialist at the Library of Congress. She can be reached at [email protected] Claudia Morales is a Concert Producer at the Library of Congress. She […]
In this week’s post we are revisiting an older “In the Muse” series, Five Questions. In the past, we used this interview format as a way to get to know Music Division interns and contract archivists, but in today’s five questions, Processing Technician Melissa Young talks about theatrical producer and Kennedy Center founding chairman Roger […]
The following post was written in collaboration with Senior Music Specialist Susan Clermont. The label “rock star” tends to conjure images of modern-day bands like the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, the Go-Gos, Queen, or Led Zeppelin. But if we venture further back into the 19th century, virtuoso performing artists like pianist Franz Liszt, bassist Domenico […]
Intern Jade Vaughn looks at the work of photographer Peter Angelo Simon and the directors, composers, and choreographers he captured.
Concluding the series on Jonathan Larson, Mark Eden Horowitz takes a look at Larson’s day job as a waiter at New York City’s Moondance diner.
Continuing the series on Jonathan Larson, Music Division Archivist Janet McKinney examines the composer’s exploration of how to turn life into art.
Senior Music Specialist Mark Eden Horowitz discusses his connection with the early work of Jonathan Larson in the second of four blog posts leading up to the release of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s film adaptation of Larson’s ”tick, tick…BOOM!” this month.