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American Composers and Blind Musicians from A to Z: U-V (Part 2 – Ungár, Imré)

Today’s blog post continues our series of American composers and blind musicians with Hungarian pianist Imré Ungár.

Flashing Back on Jimi Hendrix

In this week’s NLS Music Notes blog, learn about the incredible artistry of Jimi Hendrix–who challenged most preconceived notions of popular music in the 20th century to create a new space for music appreciation.

Beyond Aranjuez: Solo Guitar Works by Joaquín Rodrigo

Blind Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo is best known today for his Concierto de Aranjuez for guitar and orchestra, but he wrote many other works for guitar. Learn about four of these pieces that the NLS Music Section has digitized in honor of the maestro’s birthday!

French Composers for Organ: Part Deux

This blog post is a continuation of a series on French composers for organ and their compositions in the NLS Music Collection. This post reviews the life and works of Charles-Marie Widor, Marcel Dupré, and Maurice Duruflé

New BARD Additions: October 2020

The NLS Music Section is proud to announce our newest additions to BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) for the month of October!

Spain in Song: Rodrigo’s Cuatro Madrigales Amatorios

Joaquin Rodrigo, one of the greatest Spanish composers of the 20th century, happened to be blind. Learn about how the essence of his artistry is to be found in his vocal music and how he became a poet, philosopher, and historian of Spain through his music.

American Composers and Musicians from A to Z: T (Part 2 — TATUM, Art)

In this week’s NLS Music Notes blog post, learn more about the exceptionally gifted blind pianist, Art Tatum.

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.