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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.

American Music from A to Z in the NLS Music Collection: D–Delta Blues

This blog is continuation of our “American Music from A to Z” series. In this post, we’ll be taking a look at Delta Blues, and materials in the NLS Collection about the blues.

New BARD Additions: August 2021

This month, the NLS Music Section has added many new materials to BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download), including songs by Adele, Johnny Cash, and Broadway’s Robert Lopez! There are also new piano lessons from Bill Brown and new transcriptions of the Tradition of Excellence concert band method. Read on to learn more about our latest digital offerings!

In Celebration of the Harlem Cultural Festival

This blog posts celebrates the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival and provides a list of materials available from the NLS Music Section and greater NLS Collection relating to the music and artists featured in the festival.

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.

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.

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.

American Composers and Musicians from A to Z: W (Part 2 – Whitaker, Matthew)

For this week’s feature on American Composers and Musicians, we will look at the remarkable life and work of jazz pianist Matthew Whitaker. He will perform a free virtual concert, which will begin streaming on the Library’s YouTube page on Wednesday, March 3, at 8:00 p.m.