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New BARD Additions: November 2022

Giving Thanks for BARD additions!

This month, we added audio titles for piano with music from the movies and the classical area, and in braille the popular piano teaching method by James Bastien along with works by Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky. Please note that all materials listed below are also available to borrow by mail, not only through BARD. Please contact the Music Section to borrow talking books on digital cartridge or to borrow hard copies of braille music. Call us at 1-800-424-8567, ext. 2, or e-mail us at [email protected].

If you are new to BARD, you may find the following links helpful: Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) and BARD Access.

Talking Books – Instructional

Jack’s Lament: from “Nightmare Before Christmas.” For piano, late intermediate level. (DBM04509)

Kiss the Rain. For piano, intermediate level. In the style of Yiruma. (DBM04510)

Once upon a December, from the motion picture “Anastasia”. For piano, late beginner. (DBM04511)

Sonata no. 16 in C, K. 545. For piano, intermediate level. First movement (Allegro). (DBM04513)

Sonata no. 16 in C, K. 545. For piano, intermediate level. Second movement (Andante). (DBM04514)

Sonata no. 16 in C, K. 545. For piano, intermediate level. Third movement (Rondo). (DBM04512)

Music Appreciation

Soundwaves of Feminism: the Women’s Music Movement. Women’s history professor Bonnie J. Morris discusses the women’s music movement. Her talk explores rare materials and cultural changes by feminist and lesbian artists. (DBM04518)



Bastien, James W.

How to Teach Piano Successfully. Contains instructional material in English contracted braille and musical examples in bar over bar format. 19 volumes. (BRM27619)

Griffes, Charles Tomlinson.

Roman Sketches. Excerpts in bar over bar format. (BRM24628)

Kapustin, Nicolai.

24 Preludes and Fugues, Volume 2.  For piano in bar over bar format. (BRM37740)

McLain, Charles S.

Prelude on the Spiritual “Were You There.“ Bar over bar format. (BRM24752)

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus.

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, K. 385p, in A major. Includes the solo piano part only. Bar over bar format. (BRM24583)

Rachmaninoff, Sergei.

Etudes-tableaux op. 39 no. 9.  Bar over bar format.  (BRM35039)

Preludes for piano: op. 23, no. 9. Bar over bar format. (BRM35038)

Schumann, Robert.

Papillons, op. 2. For piano in bar over bar format. (BRT37728)

Scriabin, Aleksandr.

Prelude for the Left Hand Alone. For piano in open score format. (BRM20440)

Stravinsky, Igor.

Three Easy Pieces: for piano duet (left hand easy). Bar over bar format.(BRM24562)


Lalo, Édouard.

Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in D minor. Arranged for cello and piano in single line and bar over bar format. (BRT37730)


Nielsen, Carl.

Concerto, opus 57, for clarinet and orchestra. Arranged for clarinet and piano by Torben Petersen. Single line and bar over bar format. (BRT37729)

Weber, Carl Maria von.

Grand Duo Concertant, op. 48, for clarinet and piano. Single line and bar over bar format. (BRT37726)

Variations for clarinet and piano, op. 33. Clarinet part only. Single line format. (BRM24563)


Borne, François.

Fantasy on Themes from Bizet’s “Carmen.” Arranged for flute and piano in single line and bar over bar format. (BRT37733)


Service music from the Hymnal of the Protestant Episcopal Church. Line by line and bar over bar format. English lyrics in contracted braille. (BRM33891)


Langlais, Jean.

Suite brève, pour orgue. (BRM24769)


Wieniawski, Henri.

Polonaise de Concert, op. 4, for violin and piano. Single line and bar over bar format. (BRT37727)


Berkeley, Lennox.

Four poems of St. Teresa of Avila. Arranged for contralto and piano. Line by line and bar over bar format. (BRM33937)

Massenet, Jules.

Je suis encore. From Manon (BRT37731)

Moore, Douglas.

“Dearest Mama” from The Ballad of Baby Doe. (BRT37732)

New BARD Additions – October 2022

This blog lists our October additions to the BARD (Braille & Audio Reading Download) site.

Song Stories: Camille Saint-Saëns and “Danse macabre”

For this week’s NLS Music Notes blog post, we take a deep dive into a piece that is often associated with the October tradition of Halloween: “Danse macabre” by Camille Saint-Saëns.

19th-Century Tactile Music Notation in Spain

Did you know that systems of tactile music notation were created in the 19th century to enable people who were blind to read and write music? Today, we will learn about two systems that were developed and used in Spain before braille music code gained widespread adoption in the 20th century.