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New BARD Additions: September 2020

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Greetings from the NLS Music Section! During the month of September, the NLS Music Section made the following talking books and braille music available to download from BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download).

We’re very pleased to announce that the Music Section has added lectures and other programs from the Library of Congress Music Division to its collection of Music Appreciation talking books. You can now listen to fascinating programs about the history of jazz and American musical theater, among other topics. Our new braille music materials this month include volume 5 of the Bärenreiter Urtext Edition of J.S. Bach’s complete organ works; Mozart’s sonatas for violin and piano; J.S. Bach’s French Suites; mazurkas by Chopin; and piano lesson books from the Bastien Piano Library.

Please note that all materials listed below are also available to borrow by mail. Please contact the Music Section to borrow talking books on digital cartridge or to borrow hard copies of braille music. Call us at 1-800-424-8567, or e-mail us at [email protected].

If you are new to BARD, you may find the following links helpful: Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) and BARD Access.

Talking Books

Music Appreciation

The following are recordings of past programs from the Library of Congress Music Division:

Art Kane: A Great Day in Harlem. Larry Appelbaum, Jonathan Kane, and Benny Golson lead a discussion of Art Kane’s iconic photograph “Harlem, 1958.” (DBM04244)

Diversity and the Birth of Broadway: Early Female Authors of the American Musical. (DBM04243)

Diversity and the Birth of Broadway: Early Black Authors of the American Musical. (DBM04247)

Jazz Conversation: Pianist, Composer Dave Brubeck. Larry Appelbaum, Senior Music Reference Specialist with the Library of Congress, conducts a conversation with jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck. (DBM04245)

Miles & Trane as Living Ancestors. Ingrid Monson lectures on Miles Davis and John Coltrane, describing them as “living ancestors” who are at the heart and soul of jazz history. This lecture was originally presented in commemoration of what would have been the artists’ 90th birthdays. (DBM04246)

Recovering the History of the U.S. Immigrant Musical Theater at the Library of Congress. John Koegel, Professor of Musicology at California State University, Fullerton, delivers a lecture on the history of immigrant musical theater in the United States. (DBM04242)

Braille Music Scores and Books


Creston, Paul. Prelude and Dance, opus 69, Accordion Solo. Bar over bar format. (BRM22814)


Bordogni, Marco. Vingt quatre vocalises: adaptées à la trompette ut ou si, au cornet au saxhorn, sans armure et à changements de tons pour préparer à la lecture des parties de trompette ancienne. “24 New Vocalises,” originally for voice and piano, arranged by G. Armand Porret for C or B-flat trumpet, cornet, and saxhorn. Single line format.  (BRM36867)

Caruso, Carmine. Musical Calisthenics for Brass. A collection of studies and exercises for brass players. Single line format and contracted braille. (BRM36868)


Battanchon, Felix. Vingt-quatre études: pour violoncelle : 1er livre, op. 4 (BRM22929)


DeWald, Frank K. Ashore at Last! For three-part treble voices, cello and piano. Alto part for a choral setting of Emily Dickinson’s poem, “On this wondrous sea.” (BRM36872)

Petker, Allan Robert. Trumpets Resound! Alto vocal part for a two-part choral setting of a text inspired by Psalm 23. Line by line format. (BRM36873)


Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus. Mozart for Clarinet. Selections from the works of W. A. Mozart, arranged for clarinet and piano by Norman M. Heim. Volume 1 contains the clarinet part in single line format. Volume 2 contains the piano accompaniment in bar over bar format. (BRM36871)

Voxman, Himie. Ensemble Repertoire for Woodwind Quintet: B-flat Clarinet. Clarinet part only. (BRM22945)


Fukushima, Kazuo. Mei: Par Flauto Solo. For flute in section by section format. (BRM22944)

Music Theory

Hoffman, Allen. Basic Elements of Music Theory. Contracted braille with musical examples in single line format. (BRM22818)

Levey, Joseph. Basic Jazz Improvisation. Textbook with musical examples in single line and section by section formats. (BRM34803)


Bach, Johann Sebastian. Orgelwerke = Organ Works. Band 5 = Volume 5. Volume 5 of the Bärenreiter Urtext Edition of J.S. Bach’s complete organ works. Preludes, Toccatas, Fantasias and Fugues I. For organ in bar over bar format. (BRM36889)

Bach, Johann Sebastian. Fantasia and Fugue in G Minor: For the Organ. Bar over bar format. (BRM22948)

Boulanger, Lili. Psaume du fond de l’Abime: reduced for voice and organ. Paragraph format. (BRM21132)

Karg-Elert, Sigfrid. O Gott, du frommer Gott = O God, thou faithful God. For organ in bar by bar format. (BRM05017)

Piano Instruction

Bastien, Jane Smisor and James W. Bastien.

Dietzer, M’lou. First Impressions: 5, Late Intermediate Piano Method. Repertoire from four musical periods with study guides based on theoretical principles for teacher and student. Bar over bar format. (BRM36866)

Glover, David Carr. Piano Repertoire: Level One. A collection of familiar folk songs intended for use with any piano course curriculum. Bar over bar format. (BRM22928)

Hirschberg, David.

Piano Scores

Bach, Johann Christian. Sonata in G major for two pianos, four hands. Bar over bar format. (BRM22949)

Bach, Johann Sebastian. The Six French Suites, BWV 812-817. The versions A and B as well as the alternative versions BWV 814a, 815a ; two suites in A minor and E flat major, BWV 818, 819, 818a, 819a. For piano or clavier in bar over bar format. (BRM36890)

Bartók, Béla. Out of Doors: Five Piano Pieces. Bar over bar format. (BRM19877)

Bauer, Marion. Whippet Race: From Summertime Suite. Transcription for piano. Bar over bar format. (BRM22905)

Beethoven, Ludwig van. Fantasy in G minor, opus 77, for the piano. Bar over bar format. (BRM22812)

Chopin, Frédéric.

Frank, Rene. Piano Hymn Classics: Book 2, Variations on sacred favorites for the advanced pianist. Bar over bar format. (BRM22900)

Kern, Carl Wilhelm. Electra: Air de Ballet, opus 236, transcription for piano. Bar over bar format. (BRM24005)

MacDowell, Edward. Forgotten Fairy Tales. For piano in bar over bar format. (BRM00309)

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus. Fantasia, KV 300g (395). For piano in bar over bar format. (BRM23133)

Oginski, Michel. Les adieux à la patrie: polonaise célèbre. For piano in bar over bar format. (BRM36887)

Poulenc, Francis. Suite pour Piano. Bar over bar format. (BRM19798)

Rachmaninoff, Sergei. Piano concerto no. 1, op. 1 in F-sharp minor: arranged for 2 pianos. Piano solo with orchestral accompaniment arranged for second piano. Bar over bar format. (BRM36886)

Rubinstein, Anton.

Schumann, Robert.

Scriabin, Aleksandr Nikolayevich. Sonata-fantaisie in G# minor (1886): for piano. Piano sonata no. 2, op. 19. Bar over bar format. (BRM36888)

Villa-Lobos, Heitor. Danca do Indio branco: no 4 do Ciclo brasileiro: para piano. Section by section format. (BRM08419)


Poletzky, Erwin. Kalmus Recorder Series: An Album for 4 Recorders. Three pieces for recorder quartet in bar over bar format. (BRM36874)


Bach, Johann Sebastian. Concerto: Violin I. First violin part from J.S. Bach’s concerto in D minor for two violins and string orchestra, BWV 1043, arranged for two violins and piano. Single line format. (BRM36864)

Dinicu, Grigoras╠Ž. Hora staccato: (Roumanian). Arranged by Jascha Heifetz for violin and piano. Violin part only. (BRM36870)

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus.

Wieniawski, Henri. Polonaise brillante: [no.] 2 in A for violin and piano, op. 21. Violin part only. (BRM24568)


Bastien, James. Airs and Ballads of Britain. A collection of traditional airs and ballads from Britain, arranged by Jane Smisor Bastien for voice and piano. Line by line and bar over bar format. (BRM36869)

Poulenc, Francis. La courte paille: sept mélodies sur les poèmes de Maurice Carême. Song cycle by Francis Poulenc for voice and piano in line by line and bar over bar formats. (BRM36892)

Row, Richard D. The Young Singer: Book One. Contralto (mezzo-soprano). A collection of classical and folk songs for medium or low voice, in line by line format. (BRM36865)

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