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New BARD Additions: June 2024

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Happy Summer from the NLS Music Section! We have many new additions to BARD (Braille Audio Reading Download), which are ready to be downloaded and enjoyed on any smart device!

In our audio collection, we have added more lessons from Bill Brown, including “by-ear” piano instruction selections by Yiruma and music from the motion picture series “Twilight.” For guitar players, we’ve acquired another Lou Gramm Band song, “Willing to Forgive,” also taught by Bill Brown without the use of musical notation!

There are also many braille selections that were recently added to BARD. This includes the Quintet for piano, 2 violins, viola, and cello in F minor, op. 34, by Johannes Brahms, and the solo piano part to Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 3, op. 37 in C minor. If you are looking to even more Beethoven, we’ve added bar over bar editions of his Piano Sonatas 1, 5, 6, and 9. Finally, we recently uploaded a wonderful choral work by Benjamin Britten, Rejoice in the Lamb, for treble, alto, tenor and bass soloists, choir and organ.

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 can find more information about signing up here: Sign up for BARD and BARD Mobile.


Guitar By Ear – Bill Brown

Garden Party. As performed by Rich Nelson and the Stone Canyon Band. (DBM04664)

Gator Bite. As performed by Brent Mason. (DBM04665)

Willing to Forgive. As performed by the Lou Gramm Band. (DBM04666)

Piano By Ear – Bill Brown

Bella’s Lullaby. From the motion picture series “Twilight.” (DBM04667)

Dream. As composed by Yiruma. (DBM04668)

Escape. As composed by Kilgore Doubtfire. (DBM04669)

Fly. As composed by Ludovico Einaudi. (DBM04670)

Golden Hour. As performed by JVKE. (DBM04671)



Britten, Benjamin. Rejoice in the Lamb. For treble, alto, tenor and bass soloists, choir and organ. Line by line and bar over bar formats. (BRM28571)


Beethoven, Ludwig van. Piano Concerto no. 3, op. 37 in C minor. Solo piano part only. Bar over bar format. (BRM37941)

____ Piano Sonata no. 1, op. 2, no. 1 in F minor. Bar over bar format. (BRM29796)

____ Piano Sonata no. 5, op. 10, no. 1 in C minor. Bar over bar format. (BRM29799)

____ Piano Sonata no. 6, op. 10, no. 2 in F major. Bar over bar format. (BRM29800)

____ Piano Sonata no. 9, op. 14, no. 1 in E major. Bar over bar format. (BRM29803)

Liszt, Franz. Transcendental Etudes. Bar over bar format. (BRM37942)

Messiaen, Olivier. Huit Préludes pour piano. Section by section format. (BRM34955)

____ Huit Préludes pour piano. Preludes 4 and 7. Section by section format. (BRM34956)

____ Prélude (1964). Bar over bar format. (BRM37938)

____ Préludes pour piano. Bar over bar format. (BRM37939)

Mozart, W. A. Sonata no. 4 in B-flat major, K. 333. Section by section format. (BRM37944)

Robyn, Louise. Highways in Etude Land: The Child’s Hanon. Bar over bar format. (BRM00396)

____ Technic Tales, Book 2. Bar over bar format. (BRM00400)


Burrows, Anne. Music Through Braille. “A program designed to teach visually impaired children the fluent use of braille music notation so that they may read and take part in school music activities. In addition, it is hoped that they will become proficient enough to study on equal terms with their peers.”–CNIB website. Contains instructional material in English contracted braille as well as musical examples in single line, line by line, and bar over bar format. (BRM37947)

Faust, Oliver C. The Piano Tuner’s Pocket Companion. A historical and descriptive book on grand and upright actions, giving faults and how to correct them. Also contains theory on tuning. English contracted braille. (BRM37940)

Multiple Instruments

Brahms, Johannes. Quintet for piano, 2 violins, viola, and cello in F minor, op. 34. This file contains the piano part with score outline in bar over bar format. (BRM29709)


Greenblatt, Deborah. Gow Family Tunes: for Two Violins. “This collection features 46 tunes composed by 18th century Scottish fiddler, Niel Gow (1727-1807) and his sons, William, Andrew, Nathaniel, and John. Each tune is arranged for two players, and includes the chords for your guitarist to support your efforts. There are many moods to be enjoyed in these enchanting airs, jigs, laments, reels, strathspeys, etc. Each of the Fiddle Tunes for Two collections consists of individual spiral-bound books presented in score form with melody on the top line and harmony beneath.”–From publisher’s website. For two violins with optional guitar. Single line format. (BRM37948)


Schumann, Robert. 85 Songs (excerpts). For high voice and piano in line by line format. Vocal part only. (BRM22101)

Vocal, Popular

Popular Music Lead Sheets no. 136. You’d be Nice to Come Home to / words and music by Cole Porter — Teddy Bear (Let me be your) / words and music by Kal Mann and Bernie Lowe — Swedish Rhapsody / words and music by Percy Faith — Perfect / words and music by Ed Sheeran — Cold Shoulder / words and music by Adele Adkins. In lead sheet format with melody, words, and chord symbols. For voice and chordal accompaniment. (BRM37945)

Popular Music Lead Sheets no. 137. The Night they Invented Champagne (from “Gigi”) / words and music by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe — Photograph / words and music by Ed Sheeran and John McDaid — Easy Loving / words and music by Freddie Hart — Never Grow Up / words and music by Taylor Swift — I’m All Smiles (from the Broadway musical “The Yearling”) / words and music by Herbert Martin and Michael Leonard. In lead sheet format with melody, words, and chord symbols. For voice and chordal accompaniment. (BRM37946)

Wind Instruments

Rae, James. Progressive Jazz Studies: Easy Level. For flute in single line format. (BRM29889)

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