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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.

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.

Back to School with Braille Music, Band Books, and Bastien!

Head back to school with new braille music and new educational materials from the NLS Music Section! We have many new books for learning to read braille music, a variety of band instruments, and the piano.

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!

A Tribute to Marian McPartland & “Piano Jazz”

This blog post looks back on the life of pianist, composer, educator, and radio host Marian McPartland. Materials in the NLS Music Collection from her show “Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz” are featured.

American Music from A to Z in the NLS Music Collection: C–Cash, Canada, and CELA

Explore all the new Johnny Cash braille music scores in our collection and learn about how the NLS Music Section acquired them from Canada’s Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA), thanks to the Marrakesh Treaty!

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.