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Celebrate Women’s Music History with the Library of Congress!

We continue our celebration of Women’s History Month with programs from the Library of Congress featuring music made by women. You can now enjoy these concerts, interviews, and lectures as NLS talking books available from the Music Section!

American Music from A to Z in the NLS Music Collection: I—Charles Ives and the Concord Sonata

As we continue our A to Z journey through the NLS Music Collection, we take a closer examination of the Piano Sonata no. 2 “Concord, Mass., 1840-1860” by Charles Ives, otherwise known as the “Concord Sonata.”

Etta Josselyn Giffin: A Role Model of Women’s Enduring Leadership

During Women’s History Month, we celebrate Etta Josselyn Giffin (1863-1932). Giffin was the first director of what has become the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled. Learn more about some of her achievements in this blog.

New BARD Additions: February 2022

Today’s blog post rounds up all the new digital acquisitions and digitized items added to BARD in February 2022 by he NLS Music Section.

Holiday Music Catalog: Valentine’s Day and Beyond!

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Music Section is pleased to announce the creation of a new catalog of holiday music. In today’s post, preview songs around love and devotion, and dive into our collection of music for holidays throughout the year.

Hidden Gems of the NLS Collection: Francis “Frank” Johnson

For this week’s NLS Music Notes blog post, we look at the incredible life of Francis “Frank” Johnson (1792-1844). Celebrate Black History Month with us as we pay tribute to an African American composer, band leader, and pioneer.

New BARD additions, January 2022

New BARD additions, January 2022  It’s a new year, and we’re still here! This month we have added more titles of music appreciation content from Smithsonian Folkways, and from our braille collection, more titles from our international partners via the Marrakesh Treaty. They include music instruction from the Tradition of Excellence series for flute, bassoon and […]

Seeing Music: Gnomus and Baba Yaga from Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition”

Who are Baba Yaga and Gnomus? This blog shows how Mussorgsky represents them in his piano suite “Pictures at an Exhibition,” and what kinds of related NLS materials you may be interested in.

American Music from A to Z in the NLS Music Collection: H—Hazel Dickens

This blog post continues the NLS Music Section’s series of American Music from A to Z. This week, we take a look at the life and music of Hazel Dickens.