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New BARD Additions: December 2021

Happy Holidays from the NLS Music Section! Our wonderful team has continued to add new materials to BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download), and we are so excited to share this month’s latest offerings with you! Whether it’s materials acquired via the Marrakesh Treaty, talking books we’ve produced featuring our very own NLS narrators, new transcriptions we have received, or braille scores digitized from our collection, we have a musical feast to offer for the month of December.

This month we have added more lectures and panel discussions from the Library’s Music Division to our talking book collection and more music appreciation content from Smithsonian Folkways. From our braille collection, we have recently digitized more music from the Beatles, as well as brass sextet arrangements of music from My Fair Lady, Kurt Weill’s Knickerbocker Holiday, and a selection from the musical play Great Day. Via the Marrakesh Treaty, we have added a wealth of piano music from the Royal Conservatory’s Celebration Series.

All of our materials on BARD are also available on digital cartridge or in hard copy as braille music. If you prefer to borrow the materials listed below through the mail, please contact the Music Section. You can call us at 1-800-424-8567, or e-mail us at [email protected]

If you are new to BARD, you may find the following links helpful: Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) and BARD Access.


Charles Griffes Rediscovered. David Plylar discusses the Library’s collection of holograph manuscripts by composer Charles Griffes. This includes a “rediscovered” transcription by Griffes of “Les parfums de la nuit” from the Iberia section of “Images” by Claude Debussy. Solungga Liu’s performance at the Library of November 4, 2017, is believed to be the world premiere of this transcription. The sheet music for this transcription, prepared by Plylar, is available for free download on the Library’s “In the Muse” blog. (DBM04409)

Classic Folk Music: from Smithsonian Folkways. We often take for granted the supremacy of artists such as Doc Watson, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Lead Belly, Big Bill Broonzy, Brownie McGhee, and other folk music legends. Classic Folk sheds new light on the success of the urban intellectual-driven movement that made rural white and African-American artists and their music favorites of audiences everywhere. This recording features classic performances by classic artists doing some of their classic songs during the great folksong revival of the 1940s through 1960s. It features some of the great performances from the vaults of Folkways Records. Compiled and annotated by Jeff Place. (DBM03999)

A Conversation with Allen Toussaint and Larry Appelbaum. Prior to a concert by Allen Toussaint and Henry Butler at the Library of Congress, Toussaint sat for an interview with Larry Appelbaum about his hit records, life in the recording studios, the New Orleans piano tradition, Professor Longhair, the challenges of songwriting and producing and the impact of Hurricane Katrina. Larry Appelbaum is a music specialist at the Library of Congress. (DBM04407)

Folksongs and Ballads of Virginia. Sung by Paul Clayton. Massachusetts native Paul Clayton spent his college years at the University of Virginia collecting songs and writing a thesis about Child ballads found in the state. Clayton selected these songs from his own fieldwork recordings, and Kenny Goldstein supplies the album’s extensive liner notes. (DBM03997)

Kilby Snow: Country Songs and Tunes with Autoharp. Recorded, edited and annotated by Mike Seeger. Recorded over three days on the stage of an auditorium near Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, Kilby Snow sings and plays autoharp on this 1969 Folkways release. Snow began playing the autoharp at just three years old. By the time he was five, he won first prize of $20 in gold at a fiddler’s convention. Liner notes include an introductory essay by Snow as well as notes on a number of the album’s songs. (DBM03998)

Liszt’s Historical Hungarian Portraits. David Plylar speaks about Franz Liszt’s Historical Hungarian Portraits and the Library of Congress’ primary sources related to the work. A performance of each movement from the work is included, alongside readings of alternative passages and related works by Mosonyi and Liszt. Discussion and alternative passages precede the performance of each movement. David Plylar is a composer, pianist and music specialist in the music division of the Library of Congress. (DBM04406)

Music in America’s Radio Propaganda in Korea. In an American Musicological Society Lecture, Hye-jung Park considers the use of American music in wartime radio propaganda on the Korean peninsula. The talk focuses on Korean perceptions of American and Korean music vis-à-vis the cultural hierarchies in Eastern Asia during the period of change during and following World War II. Much of the research for this lecture is based on the recorded sound collection from the US Office of War Information (1942-45) at the Library of Congress. (DBM04408)

The Original James P. Johnson: 1942-1945 Piano Solos. Whether he played his original compositions, as on side one, or whether he interpreted other composer’s works, as on side two, James Price Johnson was an original. We are extremely fortunate that these heretofore unknown sides have come to light. Recorded within a two year span – 1943-1945 – these sixteen selections present one of the greatest jazzmen in a relaxed mood of musical maturity. (DBM03993)

Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll. Cultural historian and author Peter Guralnick spoke with art journalist Geoffrey Himes about his latest book, a biography of Sam Phillips, a pivotal figure in the history of 20th-century American music of many stripes. Owner of the small but powerful Sun Records Label in Memphis, Phillips was a major force in kick-starting the careers of Howlin’ Wolf, Johnny Cash, Ike Turner, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley, among others. (DBM04405)



Bach, Johann Sebastian. Lute Suite no. 1 in E minor, BWV 996. Transcribed for guitar by Heinz Teuchert. Section by section format. (BRM35581)


Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel. Trio Sonata in G major, BWV 1038. For flute, violin, and basso continuo. Section by section format. (BRM35604)

Bach, Johann Sebastian. Trio Sonata from J.S Bach’s The Musical Offering, BWV 1079, no. 8-9: for flute, violin, and continuo, and Canon Perpetuus, Contrario Motu. Section by section format. (BRM35597)

Beethoven, Ludwig van. Quintet for piano, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon, op. 16, in E flat major. Section by section format. (BRM35603)


Yon, Pietro A. Gesú Bambino: Pastorale. Arranged for organ with Hammond organ registration by the composer. Bar over bar format. (BRM00811)


All piano music listed is in bar over bar format unless otherwise specified.

Alexander, Dennis. Reverie in F minor.  (BRT37507)

Austin, Glenda. Jazz Suite no. 2, III. From the Royal Conservatory’s Celebration Series, Piano Repertoire 8. (BRT37491)

Bach, Johann Sebastian. Contrapunctus II from “The Art of Fugue”. (BRM23836)

____ Invention no. 10 in G major, BWV 781.  (BRT37484)

____ Sinfonia no. 4 in D minor. (BRT37495)

Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel. Sonata in B minor, Wq 62/22, H 132: I. First movement. (BRT37501)

Backer-Grøndahl, Agathe. Spanish. F (BRT37469)

Bartók, Béla. Four Dirges, op. 9a, Sz. 45, BB 58. Section by section format. (BRM37432)

Bastien, Jane Smisor. Favorite Melodies from the World Over. Level 1. (BRM36930)

Beethoven, Ludwig van. Sonata in C major, WoO 51: I. (BRT37503)

____ Works for Piano, Four Hands. Includes Sonate, Op. 6; Drei Märsche, Op. 45; Acht Variationen, WoO 67; Sechs Variationen, WoO 74. Primo and secondo parts are on alternate pages. Section by section format. (BRM34732)

Bizet, Georges. La Toupie, op. 22 nr. 2. For one piano, four hands. Primo and secondo parts are on alternate pages. Section by section format. (BRM34742)

Burgmüller, Friedrich. 12 Brilliant and Melodious Studies, opus 105. For the piano in section by section format. (BRM32745)

Burnam, Edna Mae. A Dozen a Day, Preparatory Book: Technical Exercises for the Piano to be Done Each Day Before Practicing. (BRM21219)

Carter, Elliott. Piano Sonata. (BRM24718)

Chaplin, Charlie. The Terry Theme: from Limelight. (BRM23156)

Chatman, Stephen. Douglas Firs. (BRT37471)

Chopin, Frédéric. Fantasy in F minor, op. 49. (BRM37497)

____ Mazurka in A minor, op. 7, no. 2. (BRT37487)

____ Variations in D major on a Theme of Thomas Moore), KK IVa/6, B. 12a, WN 5. For piano four hands. Section by section format. (BRM34734)

____ Waltz in A-flat major, op. 64, no. 3. (BRT37504)

Chouinard, Diane. Ballerina Doll. From the Royal Conservatory’s Celebration Series, Piano Repertoire 4. (BRT37463)

Coulthard, Jean. Winter’s Northern Scene.

D’Alessandro, Raffaele. 4 Visions for piano. Section by section format. (BRM32767)

Diabelli, Anton. Sonatina in B Flat Major, op. 168, no. 4 : I. First Movement. From the Royal Conservatory’s Celebration Series, Piano Repertoire 7. (BRT37480)

Diemer, Emma Lou. Chatter. From the Royal Conservatory’s Celebration Series, Piano Repertoire 4. (BRT37462)

Dobos, Kálmán. Sonata for Piano. Section by section format. (BRM32799)

Duncan, Martha Hill. Monarchs. (BRT37508)

Dvorák, Antonín. Slavonic Dance, op. 46, no. 1. For piano, four hands, in section by section format. (BRM34735)

____ Slavonic Dances, op. 46. Complete. For piano, 4 hands. Preface and editor’s notes in German, English, and French uncontracted braille. Section by section format. (BRM34733)

Easy, Funny, Educational: A selection of pieces by various composers simplified for second- and third-year piano students. Accompanying text in German. Section by section format. (BRM37431)

Gaudet, Anne Crosby. Angelfish. From the Royal Conservatory’s Celebration Series, Piano Repertoire 1. (BRT37454)

Gillock, William. Deserted Plantation. (BRT37505)

Glover, David Carr. Blinky the Robot. From the Royal Conservatory’s Celebration Series, Piano Repertoire 1. (BRT37453)

Gounod, Charles. Prelude in C minor. (BRT37467)

Handel, George Frideric. Allegro in G minor. From the Royal Conservatory’s Celebration Series, Piano Repertoire 7. (BRT37477)

Haydn, Franz Joseph. Sonata in A major, Hob. XVI, 12. (BRT37502)

____ Sonata in G major, Hob. XVI/G1, Finale. From the Royal Conservatory’s Celebration Series, Piano Repertoire 7. (BRT37479)

Hummel, Johann Nepomuk. Romance in G major, no. 4 from Six Pièces Très Faciles, op. 52. (BRT37464)

Ibert, Jacques. The Carefree Knight. From the Royal Conservatory’s Celebration Series, Piano Repertoire 7. (BRT37481)

Ikeda, Naoko. Shooting Stars in Summer. (BRT37492)

Karganov, Génari. Souvenir, op. 10, no. 1. (BRT37485)

Khachaturian, Aram Ilʹich. Pictures of Childhood. For piano in section by section format. (BRM32801)

Louie, Alexina. Changes. From the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Celebration Series, Piano Repertoire 9. (BRT37506)

____ Rings of Saturn. From the Royal Conservatory’s Celebration Series, Piano Repertoire 8. (BRT37490)

MacDowell, Edward. With Sweet Lavender, op. 62, no. 4. (BRT37488)

McIntyre, David L. Tickled Pink. (BRT37483)

Mier, Martha. Happy Time Jazz. (BRT37468)

Milhaud, Darius. The Seven-Branched Candelabra. (BRM23199)

Milne, Elissa. Lost. From the Royal Conservatory’s Celebration Series, Piano Repertoire 1. (BRT37451)

Mompou, Federico. Pajaro Triste (Sad Bird). (BRT37482)

Niamath, Linda. Bears. From the Royal Conservatory’s Celebration Series, Piano Repertoire 1. (BRT37450)

Olson, Kevin. Seven of Hearts. (BRT37494)

Platti, Giovanni Benedetto. Sonata in C major, op. 1, no. 2: movement II. From the Royal Conservatory’s Celebration Series, Piano Repertoire 7. (BRT37478)

Prokofieff, Sergei. Four Pieces, op. 4. (BRM24226)

Rameau, Jean-Philippe. L’Egyptienne. (BRT37496)

Ravel, Maurice. Bolero.  Section by section format. (BRM37401)

Roisman, Leonid. Klavierstücke aus Russland und Osteuropa: Klavierstücke für Kinder: Heft 1. A selection of 40 piano pieces by composers from Russia and Eastern Europe, intended for children. Section by section format. (BRM37402)

Scarlatti, Domenico. Sonata in A major, K. 209. (BRT37500)

____ Sonata in E major, K 380. (BRT37499)

Schmitt, Jacob. Rondo in C major. From the Royal Conservatory’s Celebration Series, Piano Repertoire 6. (BRT37466)

Schumann, Robert. Reiterstück (The Horseman), op. 68, no. 23. (BRT37486)

Siegmeister, Elie. Song of the Dark Woods. From the Royal Conservatory’s Celebration Series, Piano Repertoire 1. (BRT37452)

Springer, Mike. Far Away Friend. (BRT37493)

Strauss, Johann. On the Beautiful Blue Danube, op. 314. Arranged for piano, four hands. Section by section format. (BRM37416)

____ Pizzicato-Polka. Composed by Johann Strauss and Josef Strauss. For solo piano. Section by section format. (BRM37417)

The Keyboard Crocodile: Easy Piano Pieces for Children. Includes brief instructional notes in German and English. Section by section format. (BRM37433)

Turina, Joaquín. Fiesta, op. 52, no. 7. From Miniatures, op. 52. (BRT37489)

Türk, Daniel Gottlob. As Swift as a Deer. From the Royal Conservatory’s Celebration Series, Piano Repertoire 6. (BRT37465)


Geslison, Mark. 50 Tunes for Fiddle: Traditional, Old Time, Bluegrass & Celtic Solos, Volume 1. Includes foreword, preface, and appendix. Single line format with chord symbols. (BRM37498)


The Eton Boating Song. For voice and piano in C major. Line by line and bar by bar formats. (BRM01711)

Harrison, George. Something. As performed by the Beatles in line by line and bar over bar formats. (BRM20959)

Lennon, John. Eleanor Rigby. As performed by the Beatles for voice and piano with chord symbols in line by line and bar over bar formats. (BRM27043)

____ Imagine. As performed by John Lennon in line by line and bar over bar formats. (BRM30006)

____ Yesterday: Piano-Vocal-Guitar Version. Line by line and bar over bar formats. (BRM30012)

McCartney, Paul; Lennon, John. Love Me Do. As performed by the Beatles in line by line and bar over bar formats. (BRM27902)

Schumann, Robert. Moonlight. For voice and piano in line by line and bar over bar formats. (BRM23616)

Wind Instruments

Draghi, Giovanni Battista. Trumpet Tune: Trompete in B und Klavier.  Section by section format. (BRM35570)

Lautzenheiser, Tim. Essential Elements 2000: Flute book 1. Comprehensive Band Method. Bar over bar format. (BRM36644)

Loewe, Frederick. On the Street Where you Live from “My Fair Lady”. Arranged for brass sextet (2 cornets, 2 trombones, baritone and tuba) by John Morrissey. Open score format. (BRM23178)

Pearson, Bruce. Tradition of Excellence: Comprehensive Band Method. Book 3. Single line and bar over bar formats.

Baritone/Euphonium in Bass Clef. (BRM37476)

E-flat Horn. (BRM7475)

F Horn (BRM37473)

Trombone (BRM37472)

E-flat Tuba. (BRM37474)

Weber, Carl Maria von. Hunters Chorus from Der Freischütz. Arranged for alto saxophone and piano in section by section format. (BRM23173)

Weill, Kurt. September Song from Knickerbocker Holiday. Arranged for brass sextet (2 cornets, 2 trombones, baritone, and tuba) by John J. Morrissey. This file contains the conductor’s score only. Open score format. (BRM23175)

Youmans, Vincent. Without a Song: from the Musical Play “Great Day”. Arranged for brass sextet (2 trumpets, 2 trombones, baritone, and tuba) by William H. Challis. This file contains the conductor’s score only. Open score format. (BRM23181)

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!

American Music from A to Z in the NLS Music Collection: E—Eastman School of Music

In our alphabetical journey through the NLS Music Collection, we have arrived this month at the letter E. 2021 is the centennial of the founding of one of the world’s leading music schools, the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Composers, educators, performers, and other music pioneers from this prestigious institution are represented far and wide throughout our holdings.

Hidden Gems of the NLS Collection: Toccata, Villancico y Fuga, Op. 18 by Alberto Ginastera

September 15 through October 15 is National Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month. It is a time when we celebrate the generations of Hispanic and Latino Americans that have contributed to our society in positive and meaningful ways. On our journey through the treasures of the NLS Music collection, we recently came across a wonderful work written for organ by Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983), the Toccata, Villancico y Fuga, Op. 18. While this work is performed by organists on a regular basis, the rest of us would benefit from learning more about both the composer and the composition.

Song Stories: Samuel Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915”

For this installment of “Song Stories”, we are going to explore how James Agee’s prose and Samuel Barber’s music came together for “Knoxville: Summer of 1915.”

Triumph over Tragedy: The Love Story of Victoria and Joaquín Rodrigo

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the remarkable love story of composer Joaquin Rodrigo and his wife and collaborator, Victoria Kamhi de Rodrigo.

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.

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.

New BARD Additions: May 2020

This month we have a veritable bonanza of new talking books and braille music that we’ve added to BARD for your enjoyment! This includes two new podcasts from Smithsonian Folkways, a Nat King Cole songbook, Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and braille music for flute and piano.

New BARD Additions: February 2020

Now that we have reached the end of February, it’s time to let you know about new materials available from the NLS Music Section.