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What’s New on BARD

Let’s look at some new additions to BARD. Next to our most recent music appreciation catalog, we have added flavors from Norway (Grieg), Italy (Pergolesi), Poland (Chopin), France (Ravel and Debussy), and the US (Carole King). There’s more to come, so please keep checking by exploring the link Music Collection and then clicking on Recently Added Music Books, Scores, and Magazines on BARD.

Talking Books

Music appreciation audio catalog: a guide to the NLS collection (DBM03864)

Our new annotated NLS guide to music appreciation recordings is now available for download. It is divided into 18 sections and includes the topics: learning to listen, biography (largest section), history periods from Renaissance to the modern times, instruments, rehearsals, forms and analysis, master classes, special topics including folk music, holiday and seasonal music, jazz, nostalgia, opera, patriotic music, sacred, gospel and music and the human experience. Reading time of this catalog is 5 hours, 59 minutes.

Braille

Grieg, Evdard: Peer Gynt suite, op. 46 (BRM19835)

This is an arrangement for small orchestra in section by section format of Edvard Grieg’s famous suite he wrote as incidental music to Henrik Ibsen’s play of the same title. This is the Peer Gynt suite no. 1 with the 4 movements: Morning Mood (Morgenstemning) in E major, The Death of Åse (Åses død) in B minor, Anitra’s Dance (Anitras dans) in A minor and In the Hall of the Mountain King (I Dovregubbens hall) in B minor.

Musical notation of Peer Gynt's "In the Hall of the Mountain King." Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mountain_King_theme.PNG

Peer Gynt – In the Hall of the Mountain King.

 

 

 

Pergolesi, Giovanni Battista: Nina: song for bass in D minor (BRM15973)

This beautiful song is attributed to Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710–1736). It has been highly popular since the 1750s. This version is for bass voice with piano accompaniment in line by line and bar over bar formats.

Chopin, Frédéric: Polonaise op. 26, no. 2 for the pianoforte (BRM00134)

The Polonaise op. 26, no. 2 is in E-flat minor for piano. It is in bar over bar format.

Chopin, Frédéric: Waltz, op. 64, no. 1 for piano duo (BRM04811)

This D-flat major waltz is for piano duo. It is in paragraph format.

Chopin, Frédéric: Nocturne, op. 9, no. 2 in E flat (BRM00132)

This Nocturne, or night piece, by Chopin is in bar over bar format

Chopin, Frédéric: Mazurka: op. 7, no. 1 (BRM00129)

This Mazurka, a Polish folk dance is in B-flat major. It is in bar over bar format.

Debussy, Claude: Golliwogg’s cake-walk: transcription for two pianos and four hands (BRM04809)

This version of Debussy’s Golliwogg’s cake-walk is for two pianos. Two volumes in paragraph

format.

Ravel Maurice: Ma mère l’oye (BRM04807)

This version of Maurice Ravel’s Mother Goose suite is for piano, four hands in bar over bar format. It comes in 2 volumes.

Carole King: deluxe anthology (BRM36388)

This 3 volume deluxe anthology of Carole King contains many songs to choose from, for example: Sweet seasons — Hey, girl – You light up my life — Chicken soup with rice — Will you love me tomorrow — Crying in the rain — Beautiful — You’re the one who knows — Time gone by — Too much rain — So many ways — The LOCO-MOTION — Dancin’ with tears in my eyes — God only knows — Hard rock café — Come down easy — Hi-de-ho (that old sweet roll) — You make me feel like a natural woman — So far away — … and many more.

Going with “Ahmal” Once Again

“Oh, no—opera!” I thought as the recording of Amahl and the Night Visitors started. I was perhaps a fourth grader at the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children in Pittsburgh then, hearing this one-act opera for the first time. Although I could not always understand the words, I had to admit that the mother’s operatic […]

American Composers and Musicians from A to Z: B (Part 2 – Bischoff, John W.)

John Bischoff was an American composer and organist who worked at the First Congregational Church in Washington, D.C. from 1874 until his death in 1909. Blind since the age of two, Bischoff attended the Wisconsin School for the Blind and later studied singing and organ before moving to Washington, D.C. His obituary from the May […]

Tactile Staff Notation

Today’s post is about the braille books in our collection that explain to blind readers how staff notation (print music) works. In case you are wondering why blind musicians need to know staff notation, two important reasons come to mind. First, music teachers who are visually impaired must be able to help their sighted students […]

American Composers and Musicians from A to Z: B (Part 1 – Beach, Amy)

Have you ever noticed that there are many composers whose last names start with the letter B? Let’s choose one who has an anniversary. This year the music world celebrates Amy Beach’s 150th birthday. Amy Marcy Cheney Beach was born in Henniker, New Hampshire, on September 5, 1867. From her earliest childhood, she showed extraordinary […]

Remembering the Father of the Blues

Today’s blog celebrates the career of W.C. Handy. Born in Florence, Alabama on November 16, 1873, William Christopher Handy became interested in music at an early age. His father, a minister, felt that music was an unwise career choice for him and, indeed, the young Handy experienced years of poverty and homelessness at first. But […]

Veterans Day and Armistice Day – Composers in World War I

This blog takes a look at composers who were affected by World War I and the music that they composed.