Collection The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

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  • Curator Talks -- The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

    The curators of the collections at the Library of Congress give more information about the history of song in the United States in these brief "Curator Talk" videos with the help of illustrations and audio clips.

    • Date: 1759
  • The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

    See and Hear American History Through Song "Know the songs of a country and you will know its history for the true feeling of a people speaks through what they sing." – Preface to The Songs of Henry Clay Work (1884) Listen to the changes in the "Star Spangled Banner" as played by different bands in different eras. Look at the ways in which ...

    • Date: 1581
  • Biographies -- The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

    Short biographies are available for some of the many composers, lyricists, performers, conductors, field collectors, and folklorists who have played a part in the history of American songs.

    • Date: 1759
  • Anchors aweigh

    sound recording | 1 compact disc | Taken from CD titled "From the Sea: Music of the U.S. Navy." Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Department of Defense - Zimmerman, Charles - Miles, Alfred - United States Navy Band
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1993
  • Articles About Songs -- The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

    Original essays and articles are available on this site to help provide historical context and a deeper view for those who wish to learn more about particular topics. The Library's curators have written articles on historical topics and song, musical styles, individual songs, and songs of various ethnic groups in America.

    • Date: 1759
  • Illustrated Sound Recordings -- The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

    Performances of song and concerts from the Library of Congress are available on this site as well as interviews with performers and composers.

    • Date: 1759
  • Four ruffles and flourishes and Hail Columbia

    sound recording | 1 sound disc : digital, stereo ; 4 3/4 in. | Taken from CD "Ceremonial Music" by The United States Air Force Band. Track 51. 30 second (Extent). excerpt used by permission of the copyright holder. (Standard Restriction). Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: United States Air Force Band
    • Original Format: Audio Recordings
    • Date: 1993
  • 1950 to Present -- The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

    Cultural and historical events from 1950 to present related to American song.

    • Date: 1950
  • Interactive Maps -- The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

    See the connection between America's geography and song through interactive maps that offer songs from the states and about the states.

    • Date: 1581
  • Historical Topics -- The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

    The history of America is reflected through its songs. Read more about how immigration and migration; work and industry; social change; war and conflict; politics and political campaigns; and sports and leisure in the United States have been portrayed in song. Listen to examples for all.

    • Date: 1581
  • At the river [illustrated]

    motion picture | 1 video ; 3 min. | Audio track taken from Bridge BCD 9046, Track 2 (General). Photos taken from Library of Congress online collections (General). Photos used: Epiphany ceremony. Jordan River. Sanctifying the waters of the Jordan on Ephphany (http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/matpc.07454 ) -- Down the Jordan Valley from the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea. (http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/matpc.15250 ) -- Baptismal scene in ...

    • Contributor: Bridge Records - Copland, Aaron - De Gaetani, Jan - Smit, Leo
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1993
  • Timeline -- The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

    Explore the relationship between cultural and historical events to American song on this timeline.

    • Date: 1759
  • Popular Songs of the Day -- The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

    "Popular songs" can be broadly defined as songs that are at least intended to reach a broad audience via some form of commercial distribution, such as broadsides, sheet music, song collections, touring musicians or musical production and from the 1890s on, commercial recordings. Being made to travel, popular music is most likely to represent a broad range of influences, including ones from folk, church ...

    • Date: 1581
  • The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

    See and Hear American History Through Song "Know the songs of a country and you will know its history for the true feeling of a people speaks through what they sing." – Preface to The Songs of Henry Clay Work (1884) Listen to the changes in the "Star Spangled Banner" as played by different bands in different eras. Look at the ways in which ...

    • Date: 1581