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New BARD Additions: June 2020

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Welcome the new BARD music collection additions! During the month of June, the NLS Music Section made more digital talking books, braille music scores and a braille book on piano tuning available to download from BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download). You can now listen to all the episodes from the Sounds to Grow On series that we started adding to BARD last month.
If you are new to BARD, you may find the following links helpful: Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) and BARD Access.

Talking Books

Sounds to Grow On from Smithsonian Folkways

Program #14. Talking About the Blues. (DBM04077)
Program #15. Time. (DBM04078)
Program #16. Work Songs. (DBM04079)
Program #17. The Letter J. (DBM04080)
Program #18. Jazz. (DBM04081)
Program #19. It Came from Canada. (DBM04082)Program #21. Children’s Music. (DBM04084)
Program #20. Pete Did That? (DBM04083)
Program #22. Rainbow. (DBM04085)
Program #23. Piano. (DBM04086)
Program #24. Struggle and Protest. (DBM04087)
Program #25. Love. (DBM04088)

The Folkways Collection

Episode 1. A Folkways Overture. (DBM04111)

Episode 2. Moses Asch: Man and Myth. “This program examines Moses Asch, the founder of Folkways Records, and the influences which guided his choices in building the Folkways Collection. Among those interviewed for this program are Asch’s son, Michael Asch Professor Emeritus of the University of Alberta; Asch’s biographer, Peter Goldsmith of Dartmouth College, New Hampshire; and renowned folk singer Peter Seeger.” (DBM04112)

Episode 3. Folkways: An American Canon. “The program incorporates many and varied examples of the material Asch recorded over the years, ranging from field recordings of rural blues and folk music, to ethnic recordings from around the world, to ‘soundscapes’, to oral history, to recordings of the poets of the Beat era, to the studio recordings of Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, The Lost City Ramblers and Lead Belly.” (DBM04113)

Episode 4. The Anthology of American Folk Music: Part 1. “This is the first of three programs which take an in-depth look at the Anthology of American Folk Music, an award-winning collection edited by Harry Smith as a commissioned project by Folkways, and recently re-released on Smithsonian Folkways.” (DBM04114)

Episode 5. The Anthology of American Folk Music: Part 2. “This episode tells the fascinating story of the life of film-maker, record producer and entrepreneur Harry Smith and his life-long musical odyssey, which took him across the United States and beyond. The program also features Blind Willie Johnson, Nelstone’s Hawaiians, the Carter Family, and Dave Van Ronk.” (DBM04115)

Episode 6. The Anthology of American Folk Music: Part 3. “This episode examines the enduring legacy of the Anthology of American Folk Music, and features “cover” versions of works found in the original Harry Smith collection. Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, the New Lost City Ramblers, and the Memphis Sanctified Singers are also featured on the program.” (DBM04116)

Episode 7. Huddie Leadbetter (Lead Belly). “Huddie William Leadbetter was a convicted murderer who overcame adversity to establish himself as a music legend. In addition to his own compositions, Lead Belly was a living library of old European ballads, black work songs, southern ballads, blues and even cowboy songs. His own work included such popular favorites as “Goodnight Irene” and “Rock Island Line”.” (DBM04117)

Episode 8. Woody Guthrie. “An original folk hero, Woody Guthrie transformed the folk ballad into a vehicle for social protest. Guthrie wrote literally hundreds of songs, many of them now revered classics, including the unofficial anthem “This Land Is Your Land.” Program eight is devoted to a portrait of this giant in American folk music, featuring interviews with Guy Logsdon, Pete Seeger, Peter Goldsmith, Nora Guthrie, and Jeff Place.” (DBM04118)

Episode 9. Blues. “Among its other accomplishments, the Folkways collection captures significant developments in the evolution of the Blues as a dominant genre in American roots music. This program looks at key blues artists in the collection, including Lead Belly, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, and Lightnin’ Hopkins, and reviews musical examples from a variety of blues styles: tradition rural blues, piano blues and urban blues. Among the works incorporated in this program are selections from a Folkways blues anthology entitled Asch Recordings 1939-47, Volume 1: Blues, Gospel and Jazz. Other artists featured on the program include Victoria Spivey (sometimes known as Queen Victoria), Guy Davis, Big Joe Williams, Roosevelt Sykes, Lonnie Johnson, and Memphis Slim.” (DBM04119)

Episode 10. Jazz. “This Program explores the connections of a number of jazz greats, such as James P. Johnson and Mary Lou Williams, to the Folkways collection. Other artists featured include Pee Wee Russell, Coleman Hawkins, Stuff Smith, Les Paul, and Nat King Cole.” (DBM04120)

Episode 11. Country and Bluegrass. “The focus of this program is on the music and artists of the southern country and bluegrass genres; music from Tennessee, Kentucky and the Appalachians. Artists such as the New Lost City Ramblers, the Carter Family and Doc Watson are featured, along with Jean Ritchie, Clarence Ashley, Dock Boggs, Roscoe Holcomb, and the Lost City Ramblers.” (DBM04121)

Episode 12. Pete Seeger. “This program overviews Seeger’s life and music, including his work with Guthrie, and features recent interviews with Seeger and those who have known him well. This episode also includes interviews with Tony Seeger, Peter Goldsmith, and John Cohen.” (DBM04122)

Episode 13. Music and the Winds of Change: The Labor Movement. “This particular program focuses on musicians whose songs inspired those struggling for improved working conditions and wages. The works of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Cisco Houston, have all played a vital role in the labor movement, and we celebrate that history in this episode. Other artists on this program include the Almanac Singers, Mike Seeger, John Greenway, and George Davis.” (DBM04123)

Episode 14. Music and the Winds of Change: The Civil Rights Movement. “Original interviews with Bernice Johnson Reagon of the SNCC Freedom Singers and one-time Black Panther activist Angela Davis blend with archival interviews from Smithsonian Folkways to recapture the spirit of the struggle and to provide contemporary context to its meaning.” (DBM04124)

Episode 15. Music and the Winds of Change: The Women’s Movement. “This Program reviews the material on this subject and features interviews with prominent contemporary female artists, reflecting on the contribution of Folkways to the women’s movement. This episode also features Malvina Reynolds, Angela Davis, Mary Lou Williams, and Nikki Giovanni.” (DBM04125)

Episode 16. Children’s Music. “The Program takes us on a voyage of joyful rediscovery, aided by the perspectives of Seeger, Jenkins and others, including performances by Lead Belly, Lord Invader, and Ruth Rubin.” (DBM04126)

Episode 17. Voices of History. “This program gives the listener a sense of the remarkable material contained within these recordings and a sense of the foresight which Moses Asch demonstrated in preserving this material for future generations.” (DBM04127)

Episode 18. Music of the World. “The phenomenal diversity of the Folkways collection becomes immediately apparent when one examines the field recordings of ethnic music which Moses Asch collected from around the world. In many respects, this body of work set the stage for the explosion of so-called ‘world beat’ and ‘world fusion’ music in the 1990’s. This is the first of two programs dedicated to this subject, incorporating both original recordings from Folkways and modern examples of world music hybrids.” (DBM04128)

Episode 19. Music of the World II. “This is the second of two programs dedicated to exploring Moses Asch’s field recordings of ethnic music from around the world, incorporating both original recordings from the Folkways collection and more contemporary examples. This episode also includes interviews with some of the notable artists who have led the parade toward a truly global sound in music, such as Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead.” (DBM04129)

Episode 20. The Poets. “Poetry held a special place in Moses Asch’s heart, and the Folkways collection includes original recordings of some of the most influential poets of our time, such as Allen Ginsberg, Langston Hughes and Leonard Cohen. This program reviews these unique artists–and many others–as captured on vinyl.” (DBM04130)

Episode 21. Subterranean Homesick Blues. “It seems almost everybody who was destined to become a somebody to the Beat Generation turned up in Greenwich Village in the late 1950s, and, of course, Moses Asch and Folkways were right in the thick of it. This is the first of two programs in the series dedicated to this fascinating era, revealing the personalities, rivalries and creations of some of the most influential people of the time: Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Phil Ochs, to name a few.” (DBM04131)

Episode 22. Subterranean Homesick Blues II. “Greenwich Village in the late 1950s and early 1960s–the time and place has taken on the flavor of legend. This second of two programs focusing on the era looks at Folkways Records’ documentation of the burgeoning folk music revival and the New York coffee house scene which led to the birth of the singer-songwriter genre.”(DBM04132)

Episode 23. Phil Ochs. ”For a time, Phil Ochs was considered Bob Dylan’s greatest rival for the crown atop the politicized folk music movement of the 1960s. His life ended in tragedy; his downward spiral as an individual and as an artist coinciding with the increasingly confused and cynical mood of America in the late 60s and early 70s. This program examines the legacy of this great singer-songwriter.” (DBM04133)

Episode 24. Epilogue. “This final program in the series revisits some of the great music and oral tradition of the Folkways collection and incorporates interviews with a variety of artists, biographers and music historians to place the Folkways collection in its proper historical context–at least as clearly as can be determined just fifty years after the Folkways label was born.” (DBM04134)

Braille Music Scores


Nielsen, Carl. Commotio. Opus 58 for Organ. In bar over bar format. (BRM36746)


Bastien, James W. Playtime at the Piano: Book 1. (BRM36850)

Bastien, James W. Playtime at the Piano: Book 2. (BRM36851)

Chopin, Frederic. Nocturne in B Major, op. 62 no. 1. In bar over bar format. (BRM36852)

Scarlatti, Domenico. Sonata in F Minor: K466. (BRM36855)

Leontovich, M. Ukrainian Bell Carol: A New Age Rendition. In bar over bar format. (BRM36856)


Vaughan Williams, Ralph: The Lark Ascending. Romance for violin and orchestra, arrangement for violin and piano. (BRM36853)


Morning Has Broken: Gaelic Traditional for Piano and Voice. (BRM36854)

Hara, Geoffrey. I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked. For high voice with piano accompaniment. (BRM36843)

Wind Instruments

Beethoven, Ludwig van. Symphony No. 7 in A Major. Flute 1 Part. (BRM36779)

Feldstein, Sandy. Yamaha Band Student. Flute. Book 1. (BRM36844)

Goldman, Edwin Franko. On the Mall: March. Flute part in single line format. (BRM36849)

King, Karl. Alamo: March. For C Piccolo. (BRM36848)

Smith, Walter Milton. Top Tones for the Trumpeter. 30 Modern Etudes. (BRM36845)

Swearingen, James. Proud Spirit: March. C Piccolo. (BRM36847)

Vaughan Williams, Ralph. Sine Nomine. C flute (BRM32601)

Braille Libretti

Gounod, Charles. Faust. An Opera in Five Acts. Libretto with text in French and English. (BRM36846)

Braille Instructional

Montal, Claude. The Art of Tuning. A Self-Guided Manual for Piano Tuning, Design, Action Regulation, and Repair from mid-19th-Century France. For the Piano Owner and Technician, with Guidelines for Training People who are Blind and Visually Impaired; transcribed by Kathleen Cantrell and John Hanson. In 4 volumes. (BRM36857)

If you would like to learn more about the NLS Music Section, or learn about downloading music materials from BARD, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-424-8567, extension 2, or e-mail us at [email protected].

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