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New BARD Additions: November 2020

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!

We are excited to present the NLS Music Section’s newest additions to BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download). This month’s audio books include fascinating episodes on music and the brain, as well as interviews with Stevie Wonder and Justin Kauflin. Highlights of new braille scores include works by The Beatles, Bach, Beethoven, Christmas tunes, and guitar music by Rodrigo.

If you are new to BARD, or if you need some assistance, you may like to consult this link: Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) and BARD Access. All of the materials listed below are also available via mail. To borrow hard copies of braille music or talking books on digital cartridge, please call us at 1-800-424-8567 (choose option 2), or e-mail us at [email protected]

Talking Books

Music Appreciation

A Fiddler’s Tale. Pianist and art collector Annette Kaufman (1914-2016) discusses chapters of her book “A Fiddler’s Tale: How Hollywood and Film Music Discovered Me.” Lectures from the Library of Congress. (DBM04264)

Conversations and Concert with Jazz Pianist Justin Kauflin. Pianist Justin Kauflin spoke with Karen Keninger and John Hanson and answered a variety of questions from the audience about his experience and career before his concert performance in the Coolidge Auditorium. (DBM04263)

Dvorák in the New World. Dvorák scholar Michael Beckerman speaks on the role of African-American sources in the composer’s conception of an American music. Eva Velicka joins him for a discussion on “Manuscripts as Storytellers.” Lectures from the Library of Congress. (DBM04265)

Editing and Performing the Music of C.P.E. Bach. Paul Corneilson and Mark Knoll of the Packard Humanities Institute discuss the music of C.P.E. Bach, in commemoration of the composer’s 300th birthday. Lectures from the Library of Congress. (DBM04266)

Jazz Conversation: Ron Carter and Larry Appelbaum. Larry Appelbaum talks with legendary jazz bassist Ron Carter. Lectures from the Library of Congress. (DBM04268)

Martha Graham Dance Company. Anne McLean discusses with Pontus Lidberg and Janet Eilber. Lectures from the Library of Congress. (DBM04269)

Music and the Brain: The Positive Effects of Music Therapy on Health. Why can someone with Alzheimer’s disease recall lyrics to songs when they can’t remember the names of their children? Why can a stroke survivor sing words to a familiar song even though they cannot speak? Concetta Tomaino will explain how and why music is an effective tool to enhance neurologic function, ability and quality of life. Lectures from the Library of Congress. (DBM04275)

Music and the Brain: Wellness and Growth: Acoustic Medicine and Music Therapy. A discussion presented in cooperation with the American Music Therapy Association. Lectures from the Library of Congress. (DBM04276)

Music and the Brain: Managing Stress and Enhancing Wellness with Music Therapy. A discussion about the psychological aspects of music presented in cooperation with the American Music Therapy Association. Lectures from the Library of Congress. (DBM04277)

Music and the Brain: Music Therapy for Alzheimer’s and Post-Traumatic Stress. Alicia Clair discusses music therapy and its effect on patients with Alzheimer’s and Post-Traumatic Stress syndrome. Lectures from the Library of Congress. (DBM04278)

Music and the Brain: I’m Frozen and I Can’t Play a Thing! Stage Fright and the Brain. Norman Middleton recalls famous artists with the afflictions of stage fright and discusses recent research into solving the condition, through medication and altered thinking patterns that exacerbate the problem. Lectures from the Library of Congress. (DBM04279)

Music and the Brain: Homo-Musicus: How Music Began. Ellen Dissayanake discusses “Homo Musicus: How Music Began.” The universally observed interaction between mothers and infants, commonly and even dismissively called “baby talk,” is composed of proto-aesthetic, temporally-organized elements that Dissayanake suggests are the origin of human music. Lectures from the Library of Congress. (DBM04280)

Music and the Brain: Music and Grief: Clinical Perspective. Kay Redfield Jamison discusses with Ara Guzelimian, and J. Raymond DePaulo, Jr. the distinctions between grief and depression, the consolations of music and literature, and crosscurrents related to arts and the brain. Lectures from the Library of Congress. (DBM04281)

Journey through Braille Music. Episodes 1-6. Six episodes of the podcast series “Journey through Braille Music” hosted by Sandra Gayer, UKAAF Braille Music Podcast Series. (DBM04274)

My Irish Song of Songs. Janet McKinney explores Irish-American identity in popular song and musical theater, as evidenced in the sheet music and recording collections at the Library of Congress. Lectures from the Library of Congress. (DBM04270)

Revisiting Mendelssohn’s Octet. Larry Todd discusses Mendelssohn’s Octet (1825). Drawing on autograph manuscripts held in the Library of Congress, this lecture reviews the complex early history of this masterpiece, and considers how the youthful inspiration of 1825 “aged” into the familiar icon of chamber music that it remains. Lectures from the Library of Congress. (DBM04271)

Sam McGee’s Railroad Blues and Other Versions of the Republic. Greil Marcus excavates a few roots of the American Songbook, examining a handful of indelible and idiosyncratic country, religious or blues songs from the 1920s and their modern revisions. Lectures from the Library of Congress. (DBM04272)

Saving Mary: Stabat Mater Settings from Pergolesi to Poulenc. Nicholas Alexander Brown discusses musical settings of the Catholic “Stabat Mater” text from Pergolesi to Poulenc, in conjunction with a performance by Belgian early music ensemble Vox Luminis. Lectures from the Library of Congress. (DBM04267)

Stevie Wonder: Sketches of a Life. Interview and concert. Stevie Wonder talks to Norman Middleton about his Library of Congress commission, “Sketches of a Life,” and his thoughts about composition and music. Lectures from the Library of Congress. (DBM04282)

Braille Music

Guitar

Rodrigo, Joaquín. Sarabande lointaine (BRM24499)

En los trigales (BRM24493)

Tres piezas españolas: Fandango (BRM24575)

Organ

Bach, Johann Sebastian. Organ Works. Volume 6 from Bärenreiter Urtext Edition of Bach, Orgelwerke.  7 volumes in bar over bar format. (BRM36954)

Piano

Beethoven, Ludwig van. 32 Variations in C minor for the Pianoforte. Bar over bar format. (BRM36925)

Sonata op. 57, no. 23 “Appassionata.” Analytical edition of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata no. 23 with contracted braille text and music braille in bar by bar format. (BRM01159)

Sonata op. 90, no. 27. In bar by bar format. (BRM01161).

Christmas Favorites, level 3. Arranged for piano. Christmas Favorites arranged for piano by James Bastien in bar over bar format. (BRM36920)

George, Jon. Kaleidoscope Duets, book I. In bar over bar format. (BRM36896)

Helyer, Marjorie. Contrasts. Eight Pieces for Piano Duet. For two pianos, four hands, in bar over bar format. 2 volumes. (BRM36924)

Morath, Max. Giants of Ragtime. Collection of piano rags in bar over bar format. (BRM22973)

Norton, Christopher. Microjazz Piano Duets I: graded piano duets in popular styles. Bar over bar format. (BRM36932)

Parenti, Margaret. Ensoniq KS-32 Musician’s manual. Version 1.0 Weighted Action MIDI Studio. A 1992 user’s guide for the Ensoniq KS-32 synthesizer. 9 volumes. (BRM36885)

Roussel, Albert. Sonatine op. 16 pour le piano. Transcribed by Kathleen Cantrell in bar over bar format. 1 volume. (BRM36957)

Timm, Everett LeRoy. The Woodwinds. Performance and Instructional Techniques. Instructional material for woodwind instruments in contracted braille. 6 volumes. (BRM20897)

Withrow, Miriam Fox. Music for the Pianist. Arranged for the More Mature Beginner. In bar over bar format. (BRM36921)

Voice

The Beatles Best. More than 120 Great Hits. For voice, melody and chords. Transcribed by Christina Davidson and Karen Gearreald. 5 volumes. (BRM36944)

Canciones populares. A Collection of Popular Spanish Songs. In line by line and bar over bar formats. (BRM35293)

Debussy, Claude. Fêtes galantes. For voice and piano in line by line and bar over bar formats. 2 volumes. (BRM22963)

Poulenc, Francis. La Dame d’André: from Fiançailles pour rire. For voice and piano in line by line and bar over bar formats. 2 volumes. (BRM22951)

Choral

Bartók, Béla. Choruses (1935): Loafer. For S.S.A. and piano. Line by line and bar over bar formats. 4 volumes. (BRM22959)

We are looking forward to hearing from you. To borrow hard copies of braille music or talking books on digital cartridge, and to find additional music books, please call us at 1-800-424-8567 (choose option 2), or e-mail us at [email protected]

Beyond Aranjuez: Solo Guitar Works by Joaquín Rodrigo

Blind Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo is best known today for his Concierto de Aranjuez for guitar and orchestra, but he wrote many other works for guitar. Learn about four of these pieces that the NLS Music Section has digitized in honor of the maestro’s birthday!

French Composers for Organ: Part Deux

This blog post is a continuation of a series on French composers for organ and their compositions in the NLS Music Collection. This post reviews the life and works of Charles-Marie Widor, Marcel Dupré, and Maurice Duruflé