Ethel Smyth and “The March of the Women”

British composer Ethel Smyth’s 1911 song “The March of the Women,” dedicated to Emmeline Pankhurst and the Women’s Social and Political Union, became a suffrage anthem in the United Kingdom and abroad. Learn more about Smyth’s involvement with the WSPU and access sheet music from the Library of Congress digital collection “Women’s Suffrage in Sheet Music.”

Florence Price’s Fantasie Nègre No. 1

On March 1, 2022, In the Muse published a blog post announcing a finding aid to the Music Division’s Florence B. Price Music Manuscripts. Although we are proud to enhance discoverability of the Library’s Florence Price manuscripts with the finding aid, the blog post contained some inaccurate information and lacked appropriate citations. After considering the concerns raised with the post, the […]

Performing Arts in the Coronavirus Web Archive: Part 1

The Coronavirus Web Archive official landing page and press release came out on #WebArchiveWednesday, February 2, 2022. My first post in this series provides an overview of one of the major thematic areas within the Coronavirus Web Archive: financial relief efforts in the performing arts. Performing arts content is a significant part of the Coronavirus Web Archive numbering over 180 items.

By the People: Women’s Suffrage in Sheet Music

Last month, the Music Division touted its first collaboration with the Library’s By the People crowd-sourcing transcription project with “Federal Theatre Project Playbills.” We’re now excited to announce a new lyric transcription campaign: “Women’s Suffrage in Sheet Music.” The public is invited to interact directly with a selection of historic sheet music created for and […]

Spring Programming Announced for 2022 Concerts from the Library of Congress

The following is a guest post from Senior Concert Producer, Anne McLean.  Series to Offer Virtual and In-Person Events, International Artists, World Premieres of Library of Congress Commissions The Library of Congress will present an exciting 22-event lineup of concerts, lectures, conversations with musicians and engaging educational programming in a packed spring season launching March […]

George Crumb: From the Faraway, Goodbye

The music world lost a unique and significant voice with the passing of American composer George Crumb on Sunday, February 6, 2022. An innovative and positive force in music whose career spanned some seven decades, Crumb wrote music of great vision, depth and theatricality. The beauty of his music is perhaps matched by his calligraphy, […]