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New BARD Additions: March 2021

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Happy Spring, music lovers! We are thrilled to present the NLS Music Section’s newest additions to BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download). This month’s audio books include our most recent acquisitions from the American Folklife Center, with concerts and lectures on the Newport Folk Festival, Peggy Seeger, and Tejano singers from San Antonio. We have also added more lessons on piano and guitar from Bill Brown, including Christian hymns such as “The Church’s One Foundation” and classic tunes such as “Me, My Guitar, and the Blues.” For our braille music this month, we have begun to add our entire collection of the Bastien Piano Series to BARD, as well as four braille music reading courses from Hadley. Finally, we have acquired an exciting new transcription of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” for piano, and we have also added selections from “Les Misérables.”

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

Grupo Rebolú : Afro-Colombian Music from New York: Concert and Interview. Ethnomusicologist Dan Sheehy interviews the founding members of Afro-Colombian musical ensemble Grupo Rebolú. (DBM04323)

I Got a Song: A History of the Newport Folk Festival. Journalist and author Rick Massimo discusses the history of the Newport Folk Festival, an American musical institution that began more than a half century ago and continues to influence our understanding of folk music today. (DBM04343)

Las Tesoros de San Antonio: Tejano Singers from San Antonio, Texas. A conversation with two 2019 National Endowment for the Arts Traditional Heritage Fellows, Beatriz “La Paloma del Norte” Llamas and Blanquita “Blanca Rosa” Rodríguez, accompanied by music from Mariachi Esperanza in the Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress on September 18, 2019 as part of the Homegrown concert series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. (DBM04326)

NOKA Trio: Basque Song and Music from California. Two well-known singers from the Basque Country join NOKA for this concert. Erramun Martikorena, from the French-Basque town of Baigorri, and Mikel Markez, singer-songwriter. Members of the Noka Trio and Mikel Markez discuss their music and its origins with Stephen Winick of the American Folklife Center.  (DBM04325)

Peggy Seeger: A Life of Music, Love, and Politics. Drawing from her recently published biography of Peggy Seeger’s life and contributions as a performer, songwriter and activist, author Jean Freedman discussed Seeger’s career from the 1950s to the present.  (DBM04341)

Soumya Chakraverty and Devapriya Nayak: Traditional Hindustani Music from Virginia. Concert featuring North Indian Hindustani classical music performed by Soumya Chakraverty on sarod and by Devapriya Nayak (Debu) on tabla. Soumya Chakraverty discusses Hindustani music and ragas. The musicians talk about their history as musicians and the influence of music in their culture with Yasmeen Rauf Khan.  (DBM04324)

Syriac Chants and Aramaic Christianity in India: Lecture by Joseph Palackal. Joseph J. Palackal discusses Aramaic Christianity, an essential component of India’s religious diversity. Christian faith came to the shores of South India from its source in West Asia, through the medium of the mother tongue of Jesus and the apostles. Christian Aramaic came to be known as Syriac, and due to unusual historical circumstances its tradition survived in India. (DBM04342)

Audio: Music Instruction

Brown, Bill.

Piano by Ear

Beneath the Cross of Jesus. Late beginner version. (DBM04339)

The Church’s One Foundation. Beginner version. (DBM04335)

Fairest Lord Jesus. Beginner version. (DBM04337)

Let us Break Bread Together. Beginner version. (DBM04336)

Love Divine, all Loves Excelling. Late beginner version. (DBM04338)

Guitar by Ear

Blue Waves. As performed by The Manchesters. (DBM04327)

Day after Day. In the style of the British rock band Badfinger. (DBM04334)

Even if. As performed by MercyMe. (DBM04328)

House of the Rising Sun. In the style of Maria Daines and Paul Killington. (DBM04330)

I Just Wanna’ Make Love. As performed by Peter Frampton. (DBM04331)

Me, my Guitar, and the Blues. As performed by Walter Trout. (DBM04329)

Overall Junction. In the style of Stevie Ray Vaughan. (DBM04333)

Still Got the Blues for you. As performed by Gary Moore. (DBM04332)

Braille Music


Hindemith, Paul. Six Chansons on Original French Poems, no. 1 “The Doe.” For SATB a cappella in line by line format. The piano part, for rehearsal only, is in bar over bar format. (BRM23610)

____ Six Chansons on Original French Poems, no. 5 “In Winter.” (BRM23611)

Music Instruction

Bastien, James W. Note Speller, Level 1. This is not a textbook designed for learning to read braille music, but rather a description of printed musical notation. (BRM24980)

____ Theory Lessons, Primer Level. Music theory text designed to be used with Bastien “Piano Lessons” series, but may also be used in any piano course. Bar over bar format. (BRM24693)

____ Theory Lessons Level 2. (BRM36996)

Rozen, Ruth. Braille Music Basics. (BRM37001)

____ Braille Music Reading. Whether a student once read print music or never read music before, whether the student is a beginner or an experienced musician, this course teaches how to read single-line melodies in the braille music code. (BRM37002)

____ Braille Music Reading: Keyboard Music. For those who play piano or another keyboard instrument. (BRM37003)

____ Braille Music Reading: Vocal Music. For those who sing in a choir or sing solo with or without accompaniment. (BRM37004)

Piano in bar over bar format

Bastien, James. Favorite Classic Melodies, Level 2. (BRM37000)

____ Intermediate Repertoire, 1. (BRM32003)

Bastien, Jane Smisor. Bastien Favorites, Level 1. (BRM36999)

____ Merry Christmas: A Book of Carols for Piano Solo. Volume 3. (BRM29564)

Beethoven, Ludwig van. Sonata, no. 30, op. 109 of Klaviersonaten, Band II. (BRM35061)

____ Sonata, op. 110, no. 31 of Klaviersonaten Band II. (BRM35109)

____ Sonata, op. 111, no. 32 of Klaviersonaten, Band II. (BRM35032)

Burgmüller, Friedrich. Twenty-five Études Faciles, op. 100. (BRM00117)

Dukas, Paul. L’Apprenti Sorcier: Scherzo d’Après une Ballade de Goethe. (BRM37005)


Britten, Benjamin. Folksong Arrangements: Volume 1, British Isles. For medium voice and piano in bar over bar format. (BRM28329)

Grieg, Edvard. Ich Liebe Dich. Medium voice and piano. (BRM23608)

Handel, George Frideric. Angels, Ever Bright and Fair: from Theodora. High voice and piano. (BRM23609)

Schönberg, Claude-Michel and Kretzmer, Herbert. Les Misérables. Selections from the musical arranged in line by line and bar over bar formats. (BRM29613)

Schubert, Franz. O Jesus, Thou art Standing. High voice and piano. (BRM00629)

Strauss, Richard. Traum Durch die Dämmerung, op. 29, no. 1. For high voice and piano in line by line and bar over bar formats. (BRM23614)

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