Internationally-renowned baritone Thomas Hampson presented a special program commemorating the 200th anniversary of our national anthem. The program included American music from colonial days to the present, rare historical documents from the Library's extensive collections. Hampson was joined by the University of Michigan Alumni Chorus, Mark Clague (University of Michigan) and pianist Matthew Thompson.
In our everyday lives, language and instrumental music are obviously different things. Neuroscientist and musician Ani Patel is the author of a recent, elegantly argued offering from Oxford University Press, "Music, Language and the Brain." Oliver Sacks calls Patel a "pioneer in the use of new concepts and technology to investigate the neural correlates of music." In Patel's presentation, he discusses some of the ...
In the fourth episode of a series of videos that explore the Rodgers and Hammerstein collections at the Library of Congress, Michael Feinstein discusses the impact of their "Cinderella" on television, as well as the ways that creators work with rhythm, text and music. Produced by special arrangement with Imagem/Williamson Music Inc.
Musicians and artists from around the world traveled to participate in a program acknowledging and celebrating traditional Korean music, which includes the use of 17 instruments. The event is sponsored by the Korean Team of the Asian Division, the Asian Division Friends Society, Music Division, American Folklife Center, the Korea Foundation, and the KORUS House at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea.
Larry Appelbaum interviews composer and multi-instrumentalist Henry Threadgill about his musical upbringing in Chicago, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), the story of his life-changing experience in Vietnam, his groups Air and Zooid, and his approach to composition and improvisation.
Hailed in the New York Times as "the dean of Mendelssohn scholars in the United States," R. Larry Todd shares his insights on the Mendelssohn reception in the 19th and 20th centuries and how different composers responded to his music.
Library music specialist Larry Appelbaum moderates a panel discussion marking the 75th anniversary of the influential jazz label, Blue Note Records. Panelists include veteran saxophonist Lou Donaldson, producer Michael Cuscuna and pianist Jason Moran.
Michael Feinstein explores the music of Rodgers & Hammerstein in this first of a series of videos. The first episode introduces Rodgers & Hammerstein as two leading figures in American musical theater history, and delves into the creation of Oklahoma's most famous song, "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'." Produced by special arrangement with Imagem/Williamson Music Inc.
Series advisor Kay Redfield Jamison returns with a new presentation based on her forthcoming book, "Nothing Was the Same," a haunting meditation on mortality, grief and loss. She is joined by two other distinguished speakers: Ara Guzelimian, Provost and Dean of the Juilliard School, and J. Raymond DePaulo, Jr., MD, Director, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The ...
A tribute to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge's commitment to fostering performance of Renaissance music in the United States, this evening's triple bill sampled some of the most popular trends and performance styles from the period. The party begins as combined brass choirs of the U.S. Navy Band exult antiphonal music by Italian composers Giovanni Gabrieli and Carlo Gesualdo. On their shawms, sackbuts, dulcians, bagpipes and ...
Michael Kubovy and Judith Shatin, both from the University of Virginia, discuss "The Mind of the Artist." Debate has long raged about whether and how music expresses meaning beyond its sounding notes. Kubovy and Shatin discuss evidence that music does indeed have a semantic element, and offer examples of how composers embody extra-musical elements in their compositions.
The "New Deal" Franklin Delano Roosevelt had promised the American people began to take shape immediately after his inauguration on March 4, 1933. The multi-faceted social, cultural and fiscal recovery program aimed to reform and reinvigorate national life, and to end the Great Depression. Many New Deal administrators believed that art could be a part of the daily lives of all Americans, not just ...
Mark Katz, a professor at the Peabody Conservatory of Music at The Johns Hopkins University, discussed his book, "Capturing Sound: How Technology Has Changed Music." The event was sponsored by the Library's John W. Kluge Center, the Music Division and the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division. According to Katz, who teaches in the Department of Musicology at the Peabody, there is more ...
Composer Chaya Czernowin and Orchestra 2001 percussionist David Nelson discuss an evening concert of works by George Crumb and a Library of Congress Dina Koston and Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music commission by Czernowin, "Slow Summer Stay II: Lakes" (2012).
Burt Bacharach was interviewed at the Library while he was here to receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song (along with his frequent collaborator, lyricist Hal David). The interview focuses on Bacharach's compositional process.
The La Risonanza ensemble -- made up of Fabio Bonizzoni, Yetzabel Arias Fern&aactue;ndez, Matthew Jennejohn, Carlo Lazzaroni, Rossella Croce, Claudia Combs, Gianni de Rosa, Caterina Dell'Agnello and Davide Nava -- perform works of Vivaldi and Handel.
The Music Division of the Library of Congress and the American Musicological Society, in joint partnership, present the fourth in a series of lectures highlighting musicological research conducted in the division's collections. Walter Frisch discusses "Arnold Schoenberg's Creative Journey, 1897-1912" in the Coolidge Auditorium.