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Spain in Song: Rodrigo’s Cuatro Madrigales Amatorios

Joaquin Rodrigo, one of the greatest Spanish composers of the 20th century, happened to be blind. Learn about how the essence of his artistry is to be found in his vocal music and how he became a poet, philosopher, and historian of Spain through his music.

American Composers and Musicians from A to Z: T (Part 2 — TATUM, Art)

In this week’s NLS Music Notes blog post, learn more about the exceptionally gifted blind pianist, Art Tatum.

The French Connection: French Composers for Organ

This blog post looks at the life of two renowned French composers for organ (Louis Vierne and Olivier Messiaen), and their compositions in the NLS Music Collection.

Song Stories: Two Tales of September

For this week’s NLS Music Notes blog, our series “Song Stories” looks at two different takes on the month of September.

American Composers and Musicians from A to Z: S (Part 2 – Stuckey, Joey)

For this week’s NLS Music Notes blog, learn about the inspiring story of Joey Stuckey–a remarkable person who overcame incredible odds to achieve success as a singer, guitarist, producer, and educator.

New BARD Additions: July 2020

It is the end of July, and it’s time to let you know about the new audio and braille scores now available on BARD.

Summer Interns: Stepping In to Help Out

This summer the NLS Music Section was fortunate in having the pleasure of hosting not only one Junior Fellow, but two! Junior Fellows provide valuable services to Library of Congress staff by allowing a focus on a particular project for the benefit of the section and in turn providing experience for students in a professional […]

Remembering “Pershing’s Own” on Independence Day: Military Band Music in the NLS Collection

Independence Day has many associations: fireworks, barbecues, parades, and iconic military bands. In this week’s NLS Music Notes blog post, Carter Rawson explores the history behind one of our greatest national treasures, the United States Army Band.

New BARD Additions: June 2020

We added more talking books and braille music for your enjoyment! This includes more Smithsonian Folkways recordings, a book on piano tuning, and braille music for piano, voice, violin, organ, and woodwinds.