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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.

Before Selena: Lydia Mendoza and More Queens of Tejano Music

The Library of Congress recently inducted the 1997 film Selena into the National Film Registry. In today’s post, learn about the women who were Queens of Tejano music before Selena’s all-too-brief reign.

New BARD Additions: December 2021

In this week’s NLS Music Notes blog post, we bring you the latest offerings that have been added to BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download). Please enjoy this musical feast, and Happy Holidays from the NLS Music Section!

Folk Music and Music Education: Zoltán Kodály

Today we celebrate the birthday of Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist, and music pedagogue Zoltán Kodály. We take a look at his life and his works available in the NLS Music Collection.