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Hidden Gems of the NLS Collection: Six Chansons by Paul Hindemith

For this week’s NLS Music Notes blog, learn more about one of the hidden gems in our collection: Paul Hindemith’s “Six Chansons.”

American Composers and Musicians from A-Z: X-Z (Part 2 – “Those We Missed”)

This is our last installment of the “American Composers and Blind Musicians from A to Z” series. In this post we take a look at Blind American musicians who we missed on the first round.

Joaquín and Victoria Rodrigo: An Artistic Partnership

Learn about the artistic achievements and contributions of Victoria Kamhi de Rodrigo and the lifelong collaboration she cultivated with her husband, Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo.

New BARD Additions: March 2021

Happy Spring, music lovers! We are thrilled to present the NLS Music Section’s newest additions to BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download). There are new concerts and lectures from the American Folklife Center, instructional materials for piano and guitar by Bill Brown, and a new transcription for piano of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.”

American Composers and Musicians from A to Z: X-Z (Part 1–Zwilich, Ellen Taaffe and Mana-Zucca)

Celebrate Women’s History Month by learning about Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, the first woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for music, and Mana-Zucca, composer, pianist, singer, and one of the most photographed women of the early 20th century.

Now Playing! NLS 90th Anniversary Virtual Concert with Matthew Whitaker

The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS), Library of Congress, has kicked off its 90th anniversary celebration with a free virtual concert by jazz pianist Matthew Whitaker. Come and join us for our celebration!

Rock On! “Stairway to Heaven” Turns 50

This blog post takes a look at “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin on the eve of its 50th birthday. Materials from the NLS Music Collection on rock music and guitars are featured.

New BARD Additions: February 2021

New BARD additions this months include fascinating audio books on music from Mexico, Puerto Rico and Russia, instruction books that teach you how to play Jimi Hendix’ “Purple Haze” and Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust.” Also available for digital download are a music theory book on structural hearing in braille, and many braille music scores – check it out!