Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

This post is excerpted from an article written by James Wolf, Digital Conversion Specialist, Music Division. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (named after the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge) was born in Croydon, England on August 15, 1875.  Coleridge-Taylor studied with Charles Villiers Stanford, and at the suggestion of Edward Elgar, was commissioned to write a piece for a […]

This is Your Lucky Day!

Summer means baseball, and baseball has a long history of superstition, but before you decide to stop bathing after your next no-hitter,  remember that the performing arts is far from immune to the allure of old wives’ tales. The most notable superstition in the repertoire may be that of theater professionals who refer to one […]

How I Spent My Summer Fellowship

The following is a guest post by Christopher M. Reali, Graduate Musicology Student, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. This past summer I, along with two fellow colleagues from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, was awarded the James W. Pruett Summer Research Fellowships in Music at the Library of Congress. During the months of June and […]

The Lure of Schumann – Music Between “The No-longer and the Not-yet”

The following is a guest post by Susan Clermont, Senior Music Specialist. “To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist.” Robert Schumann Beginning with the 1925-26 inaugural season of the Library of Congress’s annual Festival of Chamber Music, the music of Robert Schumann (1810-1856) has flooded […]

Gottlieb Jazz Photos on Flickr

William P. Gottlieb (1917-2006) is one of the most celebrated jazz photographers. His iconic images documenting the great stylists and innovators in American jazz and popular music have been studied and reproduced for generations, and his collection of photographs is one of the Library’s great treasures. The Music Division is now pleased to announce the […]

Ernest and Cootie

Today we  remember the July birthdays of two very different musical luminaries represented in the Music Division’s august coffers. Ernest Bloch was born July 24th, 1880. A special performance of his viola suite was given on December 10th, 2009, in the Coolidge Auditorium by violist Roberto Diaz and pianist Andrew Tyson to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary […]