Five Questions: Melissa Young and the Many, Many Awards of Roger L. Stevens

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 […]

West Side Story: The Creation of a Classic

On November 9, 2021, Senior Music Specialist Mark Horowitz presented a webinar on the creation of the 1957 musical “West Side Story,” drawing on materials from the Leonard Bernstein Collection, the Arthur Laurents Papers, and the Oliver Smith Papers to illustrate his talk. Learn more about the history of the musical and how to find digitized “West Side Story” material on the Library’s website before viewing the Spielberg’s new film adaptation.

Nicolò Paganini: Virtuosic Rock Star of the 19th Century

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 […]