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New BARD Additions – January 2019

Once again, it’s time to tell you about new acquisitions in the NLS Music Section. So please keep reading: you may find music composers who are new to you, as they are to me.

Violin and Piano
Grasse, Edwin. Wellenspiel [Waves at Play] (BRM36686). A concert study for violin

Voice
Dyson, George. Four Songs for Sailors: Bass part (BRM36678).

Franklin, Aretha. 20 Greatest Hits: piano, vocal, guitar (BRM36681).

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus. Veni Sancte Spiritus, K. 47: Soprano part (BRM36676).

Pearsall, R.L. Lay a Garland: Bass part (BRM36679).

Traditional, Krueger, arr. S’vivon (BRM36682). Traditional Hanukkah song depicting a spinning dreydl.

Vaughan Williams, Ralph. Three Shakespeare Songs: Second soprano part (BRM36677).

Verdi, Giuseppe. Four Sacred Pieces, No. 3: Laudi alla Vergine Maria: Second soprano part (BRM36675).

Organ
Decker, Pamela. Faneuil Hall (BRM36683). “A musical portrait of the landmark Faneuil Hall in Boston that housed pivotal meetings and events in the history of the United States …” (Publisher’s Note)

Fantasy on “Ein Feste Burg” (BRM36685). A set of continuous variations on the chorale known as “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.”

Passacaglia on B-A-C-H (BRM36684). A recital piece consisting of a passacaglia, pedal solo, lyrical section, and toccata.

Piano
Levitzki, Mischa. Gavotte, Op. 3 (BRM00298).

Moszkowski, Moritz. Melodie, Op. 18, No. 1 (BRM00333).

The New English Hymnal: Hymns 331-346 (BRM36680). A production of Golden Chord Braille Music Transcription Service. No words, music only.

Palmgren, Selim. May Night (BRM00367). An impressionistic piano piece by Finnish composer Selim Palmgren.

If you would like to borrow any of these books, you may download them from the BARD site, or call 1-800-424-8567, option 2, to receive a hardcopy.

Hoffman’s Tales

This blog post highlights some of the pieces in the NLS Music collection inspired by the works of E.T.A. Hoffmann, who was born on this day in 1776.

New BARD Additions – December 2018

This blog gives an overview of the digitized material added to BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) in December 2018.

American Composers and Musicians from A to Z: H (Part 2 – Hibbler, Albert George “Al”)

A brief glimpse at the life of Al Hibbler and some materials relating to him in the NLS Music Collection.

New BARD Additions: September 2018

It’s the last week of September, and time to list some recent braille music acquisitions. You may call to request hard copies, or you may download them from the BARD site. Sorry, no recordings this week, but we hope there will be some very soon. Cello  Brahms, Johannes. Sonata No. 1, Op. 38 (BRM07814) Choral […]

American Composers and Musicians from A to Z: G (Part 1 – Gershwin, George)

This week, we will take a look at American composer George Gershwin. George Gershwin was one of the first American composers to use both popular and classical idioms. Years before his most famous compositions were penned, he worked on Tin Pan Alley as a song plugger—that is, someone who was hired to play and promote […]

Happy Birthday Samuel Coleridge-Taylor!

British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was born on August 15th in 1875. One of the more popular composers in England and the United States during the turn of the 20th century, he composed many works for choir, piano, and larger instrumental ensembles; however, his works are seldom performed today. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was born in London to […]

New BARD Additions: July 2018

Read this blog and discover new materials, recorded and braille, now available from the NLS Music Section. Audio Materials All of the following are productions of Bill Brown. Banjo American Pie.  Teaches this Don McLean song without the use of music notation.  (DBM03915) Piano Bless the Broken Road. Teaches how to play “Bless the Broken […]

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 […]