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 […]
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.
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.
Senior Music Specialist Mark Eden Horowitz reflects on his friendship with Stephen Sondheim (1930-2021) and Sondheim’s connection to the Library of Congress.
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.
The creators of the new film adaptation of tick, tick…BOOM! researched the Jonathan Larson Papers at the Library of Congress in the early stages of their process. Learn more about Jonathan Larson by seeing notes and sketches related to <tick, tick…BOOM!, and a questionnaire Larson created and filled out about life in 1990.
On Tuesday, November 9th at 4pm EST, the Music Division will present a live webinar called “West Side Story: The Creation of a Classic.” In anticipation of Steven Spielberg’s upcoming remake of West Side Story, join Music Specialists Mark Horowitz and Cait Miller to learn about the creation of the seminal musical as documented in […]