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New BARD Additions: December 2023

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Happy Holidays from the NLS Music Section! We are proud to share the latest additions to BARD (Braille Audio Reading Download) with our patrons!

Picking up where we left off last month, we have more audio lessons on bass guitar from Bill Brown, including Beatles hits “Here Comes the Sun” and “Help!”. In our digital braille collection, we have also added a sight-singing method by Andrew Fox, and a brand new transcription of selected piano works of Sofia Gubaidulina. For our younger students, we have also recently uploaded more piano lesson books by Jane Bastien, including Pre-Reading Duets and 2 titles from “The Very Young Pianist” series.

All materials listed below are also available to borrow by mail, as well as being downloadable through BARD. Please contact the Music Section to borrow talking books on digital cartridge or to check out embossed copies of braille music. Please call us at 1-800-424-8567, ext. 2, or e-mail us at [email protected], and we will be happy to assist you!

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


Bill Brown’s Bass Guitar by Ear

Help!, as performed by the Beatles. (DBM04618)

Got to Get You into My Life, as performed by the Beatles. (DBM04617)

Here Comes the Sun, as performed by the Beatles. (DBM04619)


Braille Books


Aaron, Michael. Adult Piano Course, Book One. Bar over bar format. (BRM30483)

Bastien, Jane Smisor. Pre-Reading Duets, Book 3. Bar over bar format. (BRM37846)

____ The Very Young Pianist Listens and Creates, Book 1. Bar over bar format. (BRM37855)

____ The Very Young Pianist Listens and Creates, Book 2. Bar over bar format. (BRM37860)

Fox, Andrew C. Sight-Singing Method. Musical examples in single line and line by line format. (BRM37842)

Medema, Kenneth. The Recorded Aid for Beginning Piano, Volume 1. Instructional text indicates an accompanying audio component for this resource, which is not included in NLS holdings. Bar over bar format. (BRM37864)



Scandrett, Robert. Christmas Spirituals. “Mary Had a Baby” and “Rise Up, Shepherd” for mixed chorus and high voice soloist. Bar over bar format. (BRM37849)



Chopin, Frédéric. Mazurka no. 47, op. 68, no. 2. For piano in bar over bar format. (BRM37847)

Gubaidulina, Sofia. Selected Piano Works. Edited by Aki Takahashi. Bar over bar format. (BRM37859)

Hindemith, Paul. Ludus Tonalis. For piano in bar over bar format. (BRM37863)



Cornet, Pieter. Salve Regina. From the “Forerunners of Bach” collection compiled and edited by Joseph Bonnett. Bar over bar format. (BRM37856)

Dupré, Marcel. Suite Bretonne: pour Grand Orgue, op. 21. Paragraph format. (BRM37858)

Scheidt, Samuel. Cantilena Angelica Fortunae. From the “Forerunners of Bach” collection compiled and edited by Joseph Bonnett. Bar over bar format. (BRM37857)



Favorite Hymns. For unaccompanied voice with chord symbols. Line by line format. (BRM25715)

Fullarton, Hugh. The Lord at First Did Adam Make. Traditional English carol arranged for SATB chorus and organ by Hugh Fullarton. This file contains the soprano part only in line by line format. (BRT37861)

Handel, George Frideric. The Spacious Firmament on High. For low voice and piano in bar by bar format. (BRM37848)

Lloyd Webber, Andrew. The Phantom of the Opera. Selections. For voice and piano in section by section format. (BRM32033)

Lutheran Braille Workers, Inc. Book of Favorite Hymns. Selected and transcribed by Lutheran Braille Workers, Inc. Contains words only in Grade 2 English contracted braille. (BRM37827)

Vaughan Williams, Ralph. Songs of Travel. For medium voice and piano in bar by bar format. (BRM01476)


Wind Instruments

Stamitz, Karl. Clarinet Concerto no. 3. Arranged for clarinet and piano in single line and bar over bar format. (BRM37862)

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