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New BARD Additions: January 2024

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Welcome back to our January 2024 installment of what’s new on BARD. This month, we added a number of braille books for piano, including some more from the popular Alfred’s “Basic Piano Library” series. We also have a good number of new vocal works for you to enjoy. In the audio realm, we’ve added popular tunes in both our piano-by-ear and guitar-by-ear series.

Additionally, we’ve added two Talking Book editions of our new “Talking Blog” series. We’ve taken previous blog posts written by NLS Music Staff members and turned them into Talking Book editions that you can download from BARD and listen to on the go! Our first two talking blogs feature topics we know will be of interest: Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five” and the life and legacy of Janis Joplin. All this and more to enjoy this month, so keep reading to check out our other new-to-BARD books!

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.


Piano by Ear – by Bill Brown

Can You Feel the Love Tonight. From the motion picture “The Lion King.” (DBM04625)

Colors of the Wind. From the motion picture “Pocohantas.” (DBM04626)

Everything I Do (I Do It For You). From the motion picture “Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves.” (DBM04627)

I Will Always Love You. As performed by Whitney Houston. (DBM04628)

In This Life. As performed by Bette Midler and Collin Raye. (DBM04629)

Open Arms. As performed by Journey. (DBM04631)

Guitar by Ear – by Bill Brown

‘Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers. In the style of Jeff Beck. Music composed by Stevie Wonder. (DBM04622)

Edelweiss. Fingerstyle solo. Music composed by Richard Rodgers. (DBM04623)

Jeff’s Boogie. In the style of Jeff Beck. (DBM04624)

NLS Music Notes

Song Stories: Time Out for “Take Five.” (DBM04634)

American Music from A To Z in the NLS Music Collection : J–Janis Joplin. (DBM04635)



Lauridsen, Morten. O Magnum Mysterium. For SATB choir in line by line format. (BRM33631)

Willcocks, David. Birthday Carol: For the Bach Choir. For SATB chorus and piano in open score, line by line, and bar over bar format. (BRM37877)


Bastien, Jane Smisor. The Very Young Pianist Listens and Creates. Book 3. Bar over bar format. (BRM37873)

Cox, Cader G. Notes on Piano Tuning, Regulating, Repairing, Player Regulating And Adjusting: Revised Edition. English contracted braille. (BRM37869)

Evans, Lee. How To Play Chord Symbols in Jazz and Popular Music. For piano in bar over bar format.  (BRM37843)

Hayes, James W. Piano Tuning Curriculum Guide: Revised Edition. English contracted braille. (BRM37874)

Thompson, John. John Thompson’s Easiest Piano Course. Part Seven. For piano in bar over bar format. (BRM37865)


Handel, George Frideric. Largo . Arranged for organ by S. B. Whitney. Paragraph format. (BRM12986)


Bach, Johann Sebastian. Fourth Sonata in E minor. Arranged for two pianos, four hands in bar over bar format. (BRM37872)

Beethoven, Ludwig van. Drittes Konzert für das Pianoforte = Third Concerto for the Pianoforte. Arranged for 2 pianos, 4 hands in paragraph format. (BRM36224)

Fina, Jack. Bumble Boogie: Adapted from “Flight of the Bumble-Bee.” Bar over bar format. (BRM37870)

Messiaen, Olivier. Prelude 8: from Préludes pour piano. Bar over bar format. (BRM36035)

Palmer, Willard A. Alfred’s Basic Piano Library: Level 2 Recital Book. Bar over bar format. (BRM37867)
Alfred’s Basic Piano Library: Level 3 Recital Book. Bar over bar format. (BRM37868)
Alfred’s Basic Piano Library: Level 4 Recital Book. Bar over bar format. (BRM37871)

Schubert, Franz. Adagio und Rondo E Dur für das Pianoforte, Op. 145. For piano in section by section format. (BRM37876)

Stein, Lou. Mary Had A Little Lamb: From “Lou Stein’s Swingin’ Fairy Tales and Jazzy Favorites.” Bar over bar format. (BRM37866)

String Instruments

Shostakovich, Dmitri Dmitrievich. String Quartet 8, Opus 110. Single line and open score format. (BRM34505)


Bach, Johann Sebastian. Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61. For voice and piano in open score and short form format. (BRM29492)
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (Cantata), BWV 61 Öffne dich mein ganzes Herze for soprano solo. 
Solo soprano part only in line by line format. (BRT37835)

Richard Dyer-Bennet. The 20th Century Minstrel: A Collection of 20 Songs and Ballads with Guitar and Piano Accompaniment. Bar over bar format. (BRM37830)

Schubert, Franz. Lieder. Heft 6 Lieder nach Texten von Mayrhofer und anderen Dichtern, Op. 6, 8, 36, 65, 98. Section by section format. (BRM32939)

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