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New BARD Additions–August 2019

Greetings, music lovers! During the month of August, the NLS Music Section made the following braille music scores available to download from BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download). Enjoy!


Bach, Johann Sebastian. Orgelwerke. Band 1, Orgel-Büchlein; Sechs Choräle von verschiedener Art (Schübler-Choräle);  Chorale-partitas; Choralpartiten. “Urtext edition based on: Johann Sebastian Bach. Neue Ausgabe sämtlicher Werke, issued by the Johann Sebastian Bach Institut Göttingen and the Bach Archiv Leipzig, Series IV, Orgelwerke, Volume 1 (BA 5065-01), edited by Heinz-Harald Löhlein.” –Publisher’s note. Four volumes in bar over bar format. (BRM36795)


Williams, Richard S. Foundations for Superior Performance: Percussion. Warm-Ups and Technique for Band. Two volumes. (BRM36796)


Bach, Johann Sebastian. Twenty-four Choral [i.e. Chorale] Preludes. Compiled and arranged by Felix Guenther. One volume in bar over bar format. (BRM22129)

Bauer, Marion. Summertime Suite: 8 Pieces for Students. Transcription for piano. Each piece is preceded by a short interpretation with directions for performance. One volume in bar over bar format. (BRM12002)

Mittell, Philipp. Mittell’s Popular Graded Course for Violin and Piano: Book 1. Piano part only. One volume in bar over bar format. (BRM00864)

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus. Sonata VII: For Piano. Piano sonata in B-flat major, K. 333. One volume in bar over bar format. (BRM18912)

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus. Sonate K. 570 for Piano for Two Hands. From a collection of sonatas edited by Köchel. One volume in bar over bar format. (BRM24814)


Mittell, Philipp. Violin Classics, Book 1. For violin and piano. Violin pieces for early intermediate level. One volume in single line and bar over bar formats. (BRM00866)

Neruda, Franz. Berceuse slave (Slavonic Cradle-Song), op. 11. For violin and piano. An early intermediate level piece for violin and piano. One volume in line by line and bar over bar formats. (BRM00889)


All My Trials: Folk Song from Hootenanny Song Book. For unaccompanied voice. One volume in line by line format. (BRM20471)

The Modern Soprano Operatic Album: Excerpts. Includes selections from Mefistofele, Otello, and Turandot. One volume in single line format. Soprano part only.  (BRM20542)

Van de Water, Beardsley. The Penitent. For high voice and piano. Two volumes in line by line and bar over bar format. (BRM20483)

Wind Instruments

Whear, Paul W. Introduction and Invention: 1st and 2nd Horns. A duet for two French horns by American composer Paul Whear. One volume in line by line format. (BRM20472)

Whiting, George. My Blue Heaven: For Clarinet with Piano. One volume. (BRM07439)

Happy Fourth!

On this Independence Day, I thought it would be nice to review some of the patriotic tunes we have in the NLS Music collection. In previous posts I’ve discussed the music of George M. Cohan and John Philip Sousa. We also have some posts about the Ohio State School for the Blind’s marching band by […]

A Blast of Brass!

Last year we discussed method books available from the NLS Music collection for most band and orchestra instruments. We’ve even done some posts on specific instruments, like saxophone and violin. Today, though, I decided to focus a post specifically on brass instruments. “Why brass?” you ask. Well for one, brass instruments are near and dear […]

Carnegie Hall of the South: Nashville’s Musical Legacy, Part 2

This is the second half of a two-part post on Nashville’s musical history and related books in the NLS Music Collection. Read the first part here: Athens of the South: Nashville’s Musical Legacy, Part 1. Nashville’s most famous music venue, the Ryman Auditorium, was completed in 1892 and was originally a church called the Union […]

Athens of the South: Nashville’s Musical Legacy, Part 1

Here in the Music Section of the National Library Service we are counting down the days until the National Conference of Librarians Serving Blind and Physically Handicapped Individuals begins next month in Music City, Nashville, Tennessee! As I mentioned in my last article, I’ve been taking the opportunity to learn about the musical history of […]

American Composers and Musicians from A to Z: D (Part 1 – Dello Joio, Norman)

Norman Dello Joio (born Nicodemo DeGioio) was born in New York City in January 1913. His father and grandfather had been church musicians, and Norman was set to follow their footsteps, as he became the organist and choir director at age 14. When he was 26, he received a scholarship to attend Julliard, where he […]

Back to School: Method Books Edition (Part 2)

Last week, we detailed method books in the collection for wind instruments. This week, we are highlighting method books in our collection for string instruments and percussion, with some jazz method books thrown in for good measure! If there is anything here that could be useful to you or your student, please don’t hesitate to […]

Back to School: Method Books Edition (Part 1)

Although for most of us it still feels like the middle of summer outside, it is time for many folks to begin thinking about back-to-school, and the new books and supplies for the year. That, of course, includes books for music classes, band, and orchestra. In the past, we’ve discussed books for college students, and […]