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New BARD Additions–September 2019

Posted by: Katie Rodda

This blog post takes a look at what audio and braille materials have been added by the NLS Music Section to BARD (Braille Audio Reading Download) in September.

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American Composers and Musicians from A to Z: M (Part 1—MacDowell, Edward)

Posted by: Katie Rodda

This guest post by music librarian Brian McCurdy continues our American Composers from A to Z series. This time we are looking at the life and work of composer Edward MacDowell.

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Happy Fourth!

Posted by: Katie Rodda

On this Independence Day, I thought it would be nice to review some of the patriotic tunes we have in the NLS Music collection. In previous posts I’ve discussed the music of George M. Cohan and John Philip Sousa. We also have some posts about the Ohio State School for the Blind’s marching band by …

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New BARD Additions–March & April 2019

Posted by: Katie Rodda

Read about the braille music scores and books that we’ve added to BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) during the past two months!

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Hoffman’s Tales

Posted by: Katie Rodda

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.

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New BARD Additions – December 2018

Posted by: Katie Rodda

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

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

Posted by: Katie Rodda

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 …

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Happy Birthday Samuel Coleridge-Taylor!

Posted by: Katie Rodda

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 …

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American Composers and Musicians from A to Z: E (Part 1 – Ellington, Duke)

Posted by: Katie Rodda

Continuing our series of American composers from A to Z, we come to the letter E. Personally, I can think of no better example than Duke Ellington. I consider him to be one of the first great quintessential “American” composers of his time, who wrote music in a true American idiom, rather than copying Western …