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Recent BARD additions-late October-November

Here are the most recent BARD additions, ranging from digital books with Keith Richards guitar riffs to a guitar lesson on the Star Spangled Banner.  The libretto to Das Rheingold is included in braille, as well as a standard text in a music major’s classroom, Music for Sight Singing, 8th edition.

Digital Talking Books

Canon in D by Pachelbel, Piano by Ear, Bill Brown, (DBM03711)

Elements of jazz: from Cakewalks to Fusion Bill Messenger, (DBM01546)

Für Elise, Piano by Ear, Bill Brown, (DBM03722)

God Bless America, Piano by Ear, Bill Brown, (DBM03723)

Have Thine Own Way, Guitar by Ear, Bill Brown, (DBM03815)

The Life and Operas of Verdi, Robert Greenberg, (DBM02439)

The Open G Riffs of Keith Richards, Guitar by Ear, Bill Brown (DBM03843)

Open G Tuning Chords and Scales, Guitar by Ear, Bill Brown, (DBM03830)

The Operas of Mozart, Robert Greenberg, (DBM02437)

Red River Valley, Piano by Ear, Bill Brown, (DBM03737)

Shall We Gather at the River, Guitar by Ear, Bill Brown, (DBM03837)

Si me das a elegir, Guitar by Ear (bass guitar), Bill Brown (DBM03861)

Si me das a elegir, Guitar by Ear, Bill Brown, (DBM03838)

Sonatina in C, Piano by Ear, Bill Brown, (DBM03743)

Star Spangled Banner, Guitar by Ear, Bill Brown, DBM03840

Waltz in B minor, op.18, no. 6 by Schubert, Piano by Ear, Bill Brown, (DBM03751)

Braille Books


Beethoven, Ludwig van, Sonata for Piano, op. 101 (BRM00078)

Chatzidakēs, Manos, For a Little White Seashell: Preludes and Dances for the Piano, op. 1 (BRM20243) Bar over bar format.

Clark, Frances, Goss, Louise, De Leeuw, Adèle, Contemporary Piano Literature. Book 1 (BRM20030) Bar over bar format.

Dohnányi, Ernő, Essential Finger Exercises for Obtaining a Sure Piano Technique, (BRM19896) Bar over bar format.

Evans, Tolchard, Lamont, Victor, Lady of Spain, (BRM19946) Bar over bar format.

Fletcher, Stanley, Street Scenes, (BRM17821) Bar over bar format.

Nunez, Bonnell, Pixie Piano Playbook: Book I: Rote or Note Training for Earliest Beginners: Private or Class Instruction (BRM20004)

Pace, Robert, Skills and Drills: Companion Book 1 (BRM20014) Bar over bar format.

Ward, Lela Hoover, Jibbidy F and A-C-E: a First Piano Book (BRM19891)


Arne, Thomas Augustine, Organ Concerto no. 2 in G major, (BRM36631) Bar over bar format.

Vocal, choral, opera

Johnson, J. Rosamond, Lift Every Voice and Sing, chorus bass part, (BRM36627)

Johnson, J. Rosamond, Lift Every Voice and Sing, SATB choir and piano (BRM36626)

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, The Magic Flute, Pamina’s part, (BRM36625)

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, The Magic Flute/Die Zauberflöte: an opera in two acts, vocal score outline, (BRM36624) line by line format.

Schoenberg, Arnold, Nacht from Pierrot Lunaire, op. 21, no. 8, (BRM36622) bar over bar format.

Wagner, Richard, Das Rheingold: Prologue to the Operatic Trilogy Der Ring des Nibelungen: opera in one act (BRM18814) Libretto.


 Beynon, Emily, The Art of Baroque: for Flute and Basso Continuo or Piano (BRM36630)

Deneff, Peter, Christmas Songs, Violin (BRM36637)

Hartley, Walter S,  Nocturne for Bass Clarinet and Piano (BRM36628) 

Hunt, Simon, Scaling the Heights: a Flute Workbook for the 3rd Octave, (BRM36633)

Mercadante, Saverio, Concerto in mi minore per flauto e orchestra d’archi,  (BRM36636)

Parker, Jim, The Music of Jim Parker, (BRM36632)

Reinecke, Carl, Ballade for Flute and Piano, op. 288 (BRM36634)

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay, Flight of the Bumble Bee, (BRM36629) arranged for flute choir by E. Monroe.

Rodgers, Richard, Hammerstein, Oscar, The Sound of Music: Violin Play-along (BRM36638)

Schubert, Franz, Streichquintett C-Dur, Opus post. 163, D 956 (String quintet in C major, op. post. 163, D 956) (BRM36623)

Vizzutti, Allen, Dynamic Dances, Graded Concert Studies, unaccompanied solo flute pieces for advanced students, (BRM36635)

Weber, Fred, First Division Band Method, Part 2, B-flat cornet (trumpet), (BRM17813)

Music Theory

Adams, Ethel, An Introduction to Musical Understanding and Musicianship (BRM19802) 7 volumes 

Morris, R. O, Ferguson, Howard, Preparatory Exercises in Score Reading, (BRM19814) 3 volumes

Ottman, Robert W, Rogers, Nancy, Music for Sight Singing, 8th edition, (BRM36639) 15 volumes

A Composer for All Seasons: Benjamin Britten

This blog is a brief look at some of Benjamin Britten’s compositions and relevant materials from the NLS Music Section.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

EXTRA!!! Recent BARD Additions, Late January-February Edition

Here is a listing of the most recent BARD additions.  If you aren’t able to find something on this list for learning or entertainment, check back next month, or the next; something will come your way.  In the meantime, a tune many of us heard from a television comedy of the 60s, “Ballad of Gilligan’s […]

New BARD additions: December- January

The Music Section has been very busy over the past month adding new and newly digitized music materials to BARD. From Mozart, to bluegrass, to method books for alto and bass flute, there is a little bit of something here for everyone! If you have any questions on how to use BARD or to obtain […]

Going with “Ahmal” Once Again

“Oh, no—opera!” I thought as the recording of Amahl and the Night Visitors started. I was perhaps a fourth grader at the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children in Pittsburgh then, hearing this one-act opera for the first time. Although I could not always understand the words, I had to admit that the mother’s operatic […]

Veterans Day and Armistice Day – Composers in World War I

This blog takes a look at composers who were affected by World War I and the music that they composed.