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New BARD Additions: May 2021

Greetings, music lovers! The NLS Music Section has worked hard to add a variety of talking books and braille music to BARD this month. Check out what we’ve added for your enjoyment and edification!

Hidden Gems of the NLS Collection: “Some South-Paw Pitching” by Charles Ives

Now that baseball season is well underway, the NLS Music Section invites you to learn more about “Some South-Paw Pitching” by Charles Ives.

Pirates, Sorcerers, and Gondoliers: the Life of Sir Arthur Sullivan

Today we celebrate the birthday of British composer Sir Arthur Sullivan. Read about him and some of the materials by and about him in the NLS Collection.

Hidden Gems of the NLS Collection: Six Chansons by Paul Hindemith

For this week’s NLS Music Notes blog, learn more about one of the hidden gems in our collection: Paul Hindemith’s “Six Chansons.”

American Composers and Musicians from A-Z: X-Z (Part 2 – “Those We Missed”)

This is our last installment of the “American Composers and Blind Musicians from A to Z” series. In this post we take a look at Blind American musicians who we missed on the first round.

New BARD Additions: March 2021

Happy Spring, music lovers! We are thrilled to present the NLS Music Section’s newest additions to BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download). There are new concerts and lectures from the American Folklife Center, instructional materials for piano and guitar by Bill Brown, and a new transcription for piano of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.”

Now Playing! NLS 90th Anniversary Virtual Concert with Matthew Whitaker

The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS), Library of Congress, has kicked off its 90th anniversary celebration with a free virtual concert by jazz pianist Matthew Whitaker. Come and join us for our celebration!

Rock On! “Stairway to Heaven” Turns 50

This blog post takes a look at “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin on the eve of its 50th birthday. Materials from the NLS Music Collection on rock music and guitars are featured.

NLS 90th Anniversary Virtual Concert with Matthew Whitaker

The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS), Library of Congress, will kick off its 90th anniversary celebration with a free virtual concert by jazz pianist Matthew Whitaker on Wednesday, March 3, at 8:00 p.m. (EST)—and you’re invited!