Documenting Jessye Norman’s “Sacred Ellington” Concerts

The following is a guest post from Jessica Grimmer, Ph.D., an MLIS student at the University of Maryland completing her field study at the Library of Congress as a member of a team processing the Jessye Norman Papers.  In her 2014 memoir, Stand Up Straight and Sing, American opera star Jessye Norman recounts a chance […]

Concerts from the Library of Congress Announces Fall Concerts

The following is a guest post from Senior Concert Producer, Anne McLean.  A packed and exciting fall lineup kicks off the 2021–22 Concerts from the Library of Congress season, presenting master musicians and a wide-ranging, diverse roster of virtual events in classical music, jazz and dance. On offer are concerts, lectures, conversations with artists and […]

Béla Bartók’s Early Works and His Student Etelka Freund

The following is a guest post from Archives Processing Technician Dr. Rachel McNellis. In his essay, “The Influence of Peasant Music on Modern Music,” published in 1931, Hungarian composer Béla Bartók (1881–1945) describes the beauty of folk music and its significance to classical composers: “The right type of peasant music is most varied and perfect […]