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New BARD Additions: Holiday Edition, December 2020

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Happy Holidays, everyone! Hoping this holiday season finds you warm, cozy, and comfortable.  Check out the listings below and learn something new or enjoy a favorite carol of the season. Here are the most recent additions from the NLS Music Section to BARD.

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 Leading Role: A Conversation on Women in the Music World. A panel discussion from 2015 featuring Jane Chu, Margaret Lioi and Astrid Schween. Astrid Schween is cellist with the Juilliard String Quartet. Margaret Lioi is CEO of Chamber Music America. Jane Chu is chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Arts. The conversation was moderated by Anne McLean of the Music Division, Library of Congress. (DBM04290)

Harvard Lecture #1: Music as Metaphor. Wynton Marsalis delivers the lecture, “Music as Metaphor.” His remarks are interspersed with performed musical demonstrations. (DBM04299)

History & Reconstruction of Native American Flutes in the Dayton C. Miller collection. Native American instrument-maker and performer Barry D. Higgins (White Crow) explores the history and reconstruction of the diverse types of Native American flutes held in the Library’s Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection. The Miller Flute Collection contains nearly 1,700 flutes and other wind instruments, statuary, iconography, books, music, trade catalogs, tutors, patents and other materials mostly related to the flute. (DBM04286)

Interview with Chucho Valdés.  Chucho Valdés—jazz pianist, composer, founder and leader of the legendary band Irakere, and winner of six Grammys and three Latin Grammys—talks with Library of Congress music specialist Claudia Morales about his childhood, his career, his connection with his late father (and famous pianist) Bebo Valdés and his next projects. Note: this interview was conducted in Spanish. (DBM04284)

Iola Brubeck . Iola Brubeck was a radio broadcaster, actress and journalist who studied at the College of the Pacific and married Dave Brubeck in 1942. She worked as Dave’s manager and publicist, wrote lyrics to many of his songs and collaborated with him on writing “The Real Ambassadors,” a musical theater piece starring Louis Armstrong and Carmen McRae. (DBM04292)

Jonathan Larson. Mark Horowitz discusses the life and work of Jonathan Larson, composer of the hit musical “Rent.” (DBM04295)

Mathematics of African Dance Rhythms. Martin Scherzinger explores some elements of African dance music through the lens of Zimbabwean matepe and mbira music, bringing cultural and mathematical insights to bear in an engagement with this vital music.  (DBM04293)

Nightcap Conversation with Meredith Monk. The visionary artist Meredith Monk’s groundbreaking exploration of the voice as an instrument expands the boundaries of musical composition, creating landscapes of sound that unearth feelings, energies, and memories for which there are no words. (DBM04288)

Preconcert Interview with Jennifer Higdon. Composer Jennifer Higdon discusses her viola concerto, which was commissioned in part by the Library of Congress. (DBM04289)

Race and the Broadway Musical. Warren Hoffman discusses the role of race in American musical theater. (DBM04296)

Rhythmic Imagination in African Music. Renowned musicologist Kofi Agawu lectures on his most recent book, “The African Imagination in Music,” with a focus on the chapter about rhythm. (DBM04294)

Sounds & Rhythms of Contemporary Cuban Music in the American Diaspora.  A conversation about Cuban music in the American diaspora with pianist Adonis González, bassist Yunior Terry and saxophonist Yosvany Terry. These highly acclaimed performers discussed their musical education in Cuba and the United States, the African, classical and jazz influences in their compositions, and their role as music professors. (DBM04285)

Women Composers Hiding in Plain Sight. Melissa Wertheimer explores the careers and Library primary sources related to composers Amy Beach, Gena Branscombe, Phyllis Fergus, Ethel Glenn Hier, Mary Turner Salter and Harriet Ware, who were photographed in Washington, D.C., during the League of American Pen Women’s biennial convention. (DBM04291)

Braille Music


Whitacre, Eric. The Seal Lullaby by Eric Whitacre for SAB chorus in line by line and bar over bar formats. (BRM36963)


Hendrix, Jimi. Angel. Arranged with piano/guitar chords and lyrics in line by line and bar over bar formats. (BRM24143)


Lawton, Annie M., Whittaker, W. G, Crowe, Edgar. The Folk Song SightSinging Series, Book IV. (BRM22955)

Nelson, Sheila M. Flip-a-Rhythm: the Ultimate Rhythm Game. A collection of rhythm studies, exercises, and ensemble drills in single line format. 4 volumes. (BRM36965)


Adam, Adolphe, Martlett, David. O Holy Night. Flute part to “O Holy Night” arranged by David Martlett in single line format. (BRM36971)

Bohemian Rhapsody for Four or More Flutes. Bohemian Rhapsody by Freddie Mercury arranged for flute choir (four or more flutes) in single line and bar over bar format. Volume 1 contains the individual flute parts, and volume 2 contains the full score.  (BRM36962)

Bozza, Eugène. Aria pour Violin ou Flûte et Piano. In single line format with piano cues. The piano part is not included in this transcription.  (BRM36964)

Couperin, François. Pièces en Concert. For cello in section by section format. (BRM23193)

Marais, Marin. Flute part to La Basque by Marin Marais in single line format. (BRM36968)

Oginski, Michal Kleofas.  Polonaise 13 in A minor, Farewell to Fatherland, flute part. Edited by Paul Edmund-Davies in single line format. (BRM36969)

Pearson, Bruce; Nowlin, Ryan; Allan, Larry Oboe Book 1. Tradition of Excellence: Comprehensive Band Method. 2 volumes. (BRM36960)

Shanahan, Dick. Music Book for Drummers Only. Instructional book for drum set in open score and single line formats. (BRM 23136).

Vitali, Tomaso, Petri, Wilhelm. Chaconne in G minor for violin and basso continuo. (BRM36970)


Alain, Jehan. 1er Prélude profane, I: from L’Oeuvre d’orgue: tome III 1 volume.  In bar over bar format. (BRM23147)

Postlude pour l’office de complies, XIII: from L’Oeuvre d’orgue, tome III. Bar over bar format. (BRM23141)

Ballade en mode phrygien, X: from L’Oeuvre d’orgue: tome III. Bar over bar format. (BRM23151).

Berceuse sur deux notes qui cornent, IX: from L’Oeuvre d’orgue, tome III. Bar over bar format. (BRM23150).

Lamento, VI: from L’Oeuvre d’orgue, tome III. Bar over bar format. (BRM23148)

Best, W. T. A Christmas Fantasy. In bar by bar format. (BRM01168)


Burnam, Edna Mae. For You Alone. Piano solos. (BRM23098)

Clementi, Muzio. 24 Waltzes, op. 38 e op. 39. In section by section format. (BRM36908)

Poulenc, Francis. Concerto in D minor for 2 pianos. In bar over bar format. (BRM23130)

Prokofiev, Sergey. Sarcasms, op. 17, no. 2 for piano solo.  Second movement for piano in bar over bar format. (BRM23132)

VBS Joint Service Book, 1973: musical portion with words. Selected hymns with piano accompaniment in bar over bar format. Lyrics included in contracted braille. 1 volume. (BRM23145)

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