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American Music from A to Z in the NLS Music Collection: I—Charles Ives and the Concord Sonata

As we continue our A to Z journey through the NLS Music Collection, we take a closer examination of the Piano Sonata no. 2 “Concord, Mass., 1840-1860” by Charles Ives, otherwise known as the “Concord Sonata.”

New BARD Additions: February 2022

Today’s blog post rounds up all the new digital acquisitions and digitized items added to BARD in February 2022 by he NLS Music Section.

Hidden Gems of the NLS Collection: Francis “Frank” Johnson

For this week’s NLS Music Notes blog post, we look at the incredible life of Francis “Frank” Johnson (1792-1844). Celebrate Black History Month with us as we pay tribute to an African American composer, band leader, and pioneer.

New BARD additions, January 2022

New BARD additions, January 2022  It’s a new year, and we’re still here! This month we have added more titles of music appreciation content from Smithsonian Folkways, and from our braille collection, more titles from our international partners via the Marrakesh Treaty. They include music instruction from the Tradition of Excellence series for flute, bassoon and […]

Seeing Music: Gnomus and Baba Yaga from Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition”

Who are Baba Yaga and Gnomus? This blog shows how Mussorgsky represents them in his piano suite “Pictures at an Exhibition,” and what kinds of related NLS materials you may be interested in.

New BARD Additions: December 2021

In this week’s NLS Music Notes blog post, we bring you the latest offerings that have been added to BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download). Please enjoy this musical feast, and Happy Holidays from the NLS Music Section!

Folk Music and Music Education: Zoltán Kodály

Today we celebrate the birthday of Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist, and music pedagogue Zoltán Kodály. We take a look at his life and his works available in the NLS Music Collection.

Progressive Rock, Classical Influences

Progressive Rock drew its inspiration from a number of influences. For this week’s NLS Music Notes Blog post, learn more about the classical music that inspired Rush, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, and many others!

New BARD Additions: October 2021

Today’s blog post rounds up all the new digital acquisitions and digitized items added to BARD in October 2021 by he NLS Music Section.