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Archive: 2020 (53 Posts)

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New BARD Additions: June 2020

Posted by: Juliette Appold

We added more talking books and braille music for your enjoyment! This includes more Smithsonian Folkways recordings, a book on piano tuning, and braille music for piano, voice, violin, organ, and woodwinds.

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They Say It’s Your Birthday, Paul McCartney!

Posted by: Katie Rodda

In this post, we celebrate Paul McCartney's 78th birthday and list materials available from NLS about Paul McCartney, The Beatles, and their music.

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American Composers and Musicians from A to Z: Q-R (Part 2–Quincy Jones and Richard Rodgers)

Posted by: Mary Dell Jenkins

Quincy Jones (1933-) and Richard Rodgers (1902-1979) are the two composer-arranger-musicians for the subject of today’s blog. Having a career as a musician is challenging, and sometimes careers branch into other areas than performing. While not visible on stage, these areas are absolutely necessary and essential in the field. Quincy Jones (also known as ‘Q’ …

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New BARD Additions: May 2020

Posted by: Lindsay Conway

This month we have a veritable bonanza of new talking books and braille music that we've added to BARD for your enjoyment! This includes two new podcasts from Smithsonian Folkways, a Nat King Cole songbook, Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, and braille music for flute and piano.

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Song Stories: Time Out for “Take Five”

Posted by: Brian McCurdy

As with many songs, "Take Five" has a story that is more encompassing than just the notes on the page or the sounds from a recording. It talks about overcoming obstacles, articulating a creative vision, and seizing upon spontaneity. In this week's NLS Music Notes Blog, our series "Song Stories" explores the "Cool Jazz" standard, "Take Five."

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New BARD Additions: April 2020

Posted by: Mary Dell Jenkins

With this BARD update, we are excited to announce two podcast series from Smithsonian Folkways, Tapestry of the Times and Sound Sessions. We have also added more piano by ear and guitar by ear instructional titles, along with braille scores for piano, organ, and flute. If you don’t use BARD or would like to borrow …