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New BARD Additions: February 2021

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 audio appreciation materials on music from Mexico, Puerto Rico and Russia, and instruction books that teach you how to play Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze” and Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” on your guitar and bass guitar. Highlights of new braille scores include works by Bartók, Chopin, and Prokofiev.

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]

Audio: Music Appreciation

Corridos. A Mexican ballad tradition about outlaws and heroes (DBM04308)
Dylan Goes Electric! Music, myth and history (DBM04309)
Folk Songs of Old Russia. A program of Russian-Ukranian songs from St. Johns Russian Orthodox Choir of Spring Valley, New York. (DBM04089)
Gabriel Muñoz and Melodias Borinqueñas. Puerto Rican folk music from New Jersey (DBM04310)
Woody Guthrie Sings Folk Songs. With Leadbelly, Cisco Houston, Sonny Terry, and Bess Hawes (DBM04056)

Audio: Music Instruction

Brown, Bill.
Guitar by Ear
Couldn’t Stand the Weather. By Stevie Ray Vaughan (DBM04322)
Country Bumpkin. In the style of David Spinozza (DBM04317)
Green, Green Grass of Home. As performed by Elvis Presley and as performed by Tom Jones (DBM04319)
Purple Haze. By Jimi Hendrix, for guitar (DBM04320)
Smokin’ Gun. As performed by Robert Cray (DBM04318)
Something. By The Beatles (DBM04321)

Bass Guitar by Ear
Another One Bites the Dust. As performed by Queen (DBM04315)
August 10. As performed by Khruangbin (DBM04312)
Brick House. As performed by the Commodores (DBM04314)
Hotel California. As performed by The Eagles (DBM04316)
Play that Funky Music. As performed by Wild Cherry (DBM04311)
Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley. As performed by Robert Palmer (DBM04313)


Hindemith, Paul. Six Chansons on Original French Poems, No. 4 Verger (Orchard). For four-part chorus of mixed voices (BRM23604)
King Jesus Is a-Listenin’. Spiritual for S.S.A.T.B., optional a cappella (BRM23146)
Morris, C. H, Mrs. The Stranger of Galilee. Anthem for mixed voices (BRM23291)
Schütz, Heinrich. Ehre sei dir, Christe (Christ, Our Blessed Savior). For SATB (BRM23607)

Harnick, Sheldon. Vocal Selections from Fiddler on the Roof (BRM22962)

Music Instruction
Salzer, Felix and Sylvia L Brown. Structural Hearing. Tonal coherence in music. Volume 1 (BRM21983)

Couperin, François. Mass for the Convents. For organ (BRM23341)
Langlais, Jean. Suite médiévale en forme de messe basse (BRM23319)
Stinson, Russell. J. S. Bach at His Royal Instrument. Essays on his organ works. In 12 volumes (BRM36976)

Piano in bar over bar format
Agay, Denes. Highlights of Familiar Music. For piano duet (BRM23278)
Bartók, Béla. Romanian Folk Dances (BRM36992)
Suite: Opus 14, Piano Solo, Section 2 [i.e. Scherzo]  (BRM239711)
Bastien, James W.  Favorite classic melodies. Level 1 (BRM36998)
Burnam, Edna Mae. A Dozen Piano Pieces in Various Styles. Book 2 (BRM23592)
Chopin, Frédéric. Sonate für das Pianoforte, op. 35 (BRM36993)
Contemporary Piano Literature. Book 3. Edited by Frances Clark and Louise Goss (BRM23428)
Loch, Ethan David. Waltz No. 1 (BRM36977)
Poniridy, Georges. Rythmes grecs (BRM23345)
Prokofiev, Sergey. Sarcasms, Op. 17 (BRM23158)
Schaum, John W, (John Walter). Octave Studies for Piano. Book I (BRM00431)

Hess, Nigel. Theme from Ladies in Lavender. Arranged for violin with piano accompaniment (BRM36981)

Fourdrain, Félix and André Alexandre. Le vieux moulin. Mélodie. For mezzo-soprano or baritone (BRM23497)
Haddaway. What is Love. From Saturday Night Live (BRM36978)
Handel, George Frideric. Joshua HWV 64 Oh Had I Jubal’s Lyre (BRM23606)
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus. Deh vieni alla finestra, from Don Giovanni (BRM23491)
Schubert, Franz. My Sweet Repose (“Du bist die Ruh”), Op. 59 (BRM00628)
Styne, Jule. Let it Snow. Transcription for voice and piano (BRM23349)
Whittaker, W. G. Folk Song Sight Singing Series. Book VII (BRM23056)

Wind Instruments
Martin, Frank. Ballade. For flute solo (BRM23260)
Rodgers, Richard. Blue Moon. For brass sextet (BRM23177)
Skornicka, Joseph Edward. Trombone or Baritone: Intermediate Method (BRM00939)

NLS 90th Anniversary Virtual Concert with Matthew Whitaker

The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS), Library of Congress, will kick off its 90th anniversary celebration with a free virtual concert by jazz pianist Matthew Whitaker on Wednesday, March 3, at 8:00 p.m. (EST)—and you’re invited!

Triumph over Tragedy: The Love Story of Victoria and Joaquín Rodrigo

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the remarkable love story of composer Joaquin Rodrigo and his wife and collaborator, Victoria Kamhi de Rodrigo.

American Composers and Musicians from A to Z: W (Part 2 – Whitaker, Matthew)

For this week’s feature on American Composers and Musicians, we will look at the remarkable life and work of jazz pianist Matthew Whitaker. He will perform a free virtual concert, which will begin streaming on the Library’s YouTube page on Wednesday, March 3, at 8:00 p.m.

Virtual Concert: Jazz Pianist Matthew Whitaker

The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS), Library of Congress, will kick off its 90th anniversary celebration with a free virtual concert by jazz pianist Matthew Whitaker on Wednesday, March 3, at 8:00 p.m. (EST), and you’re invited!