An obscure composer from the late 18th and early 19th century, Nicola Sampieri self-published most of his music with programmatic titles, intricate engravings, and specific instructions for performance that included both sound effects and visual displays.
The team processing the Jessye Norman papers take a first hand look at her “quick dessert cake” recipe.
Processing Technician Pam Murrell shines light on the surprisingly ordinary life of a man who would be deemed one of the extraordinary classical composers of syncopated rhythm.
Archives Processing Technician Emily Baumgart describes some timely cicada-centric compositions by avant-garde composer, writer, poet, and inventor Lucia Dlugoszewski.
The following is a guest post by Music Division Archivist Dr. Stephanie Akau. Earlier this year Processing Technician Anthony Edwards and I had the privilege of processing the records of the Arsis Press. This music publishing company was founded in 1974 and run solely by intrepid school teacher, social activist, and composer Clara Lyle Boone […]
Hyun was poised to become the first Asian American director on Broadway until fate and prejudice stepped in.
The Music Division has commissioned new works of music since 1925, and this post celebrates the artistic contributions of commissioned composers from the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month, May 2021.
The Music Division is excited to welcome Nashville vocalist, pianist, and songwriter Kandace Springs to the Library of Congress. Springs and her all-women trio will present a virtual performance of her most recent album, “The Women Who Raised Me.” Her program pays tribute to legendary female singers, including Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae, and […]
Dance Curator Libby Smigel takes a look at the life and legacy of Helen McGehee on her centenary.
Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week, Emily Baumgart takes a look at several notable educators in the Music Division’s special collections.