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  • George Lewis on his Library of Congress Commission, "The Mangle of Practice"

    George Lewis discusses his Library of Congress commission, "The Mangle of Practice," which received its world premiere (with Ensemble Dal Niente) at the Library of Congress in commemoration of founding patron Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge's 150th birthday.

    • Contributor: Lewis, George
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2014-10-30
  • The Many Rooms of Bach's Suites

    Daniel Boomhower discusses Bach.

    • Contributor: Boomhower, Daniel
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-04-28
  • Gray Clouds: Late Chamber Music of Franz Liszt

    Cellist Tamás Zétényi presents a program developed in a year-long residency as visiting Hungarian fellow at Bard College, through research in the Library's Liszt collections. Harmonically visionary transcriptions and chamber works -- elegies, prayers and meditations -- that stretch the boundaries of tonality and foreshadow music written a century later. With Sabrina Tabby, Scott Moore, violin / Dávid Tóth, viola / Anna Bikales, harp ...

    • Contributor: Z&Eacute - T&Eacute - Nyi, Tam&Aacute - S
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-10-29
  • The Music of Language and the Language of Music

    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 ...

    • Contributor: Patel, Aniruddh
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2008-11-07
  • The Saiyuki Trio with Rudresh Mahanthappa

    "Sound magic" from a trio whose name means "Journey to the West." French jazz guitarist Nguyen Le studied visual arts and philosophy before working with artists like Ornette Coleman, Ray Charles, and Mauricio Kagel. Influences from Jimi Hendrix to the traditional music of Vietnam meld harmonies from East and West to paint an Asia without borders.

    • Contributor: Various
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-02-24
  • The Aesthetics of Data

    Much of Jonathan Berger's music is inspired by data. In this lecture, he discussed the use of medical and neuroscience imaging in his recent opera, "Theotokia," and in his current collaboration with the Kronos Quartet, "My Lai." Berger also described interpretive, diagnostic and therapeutic implications of complex numerical data.

    • Contributor: Berger, Jonathan
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2014-12-10
  • A Conversation with Henry Threadgill

    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.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013-10-26
  • Seeger Tribute: Charles Seeger and Ruth Crawford Seeger

    The Library of Congress celebrated the musical legacy of the Seeger Family during a two-day program, sponsored by the American Folklife Center, titled "How Can I Keep from Singing? A Seeger Family Tribute." Panelists were Betty Auman of the Library's Music Division, who discussed "Seeger Materials in the Library of Congress Music Division"; Judith Tick, Northeastern University, who talked about "Ruth Crawford Seeger's Legacy"; ...

    • Contributor: Various
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2007-03-16
  • Rodgers & Hammerstein: It Might as Well Be Spring

    In the third episode of a series of videos that explore the Rodgers and Hammerstein collections at the Library of Congress, Michael Feinstein examines the creative process of songwriting via "It Might as Well Be Spring" from the film "State Fair," which won an Academy Award for Best Song. Produced by special arrangement with Imagem/Williamson Music Inc.

    • Contributor: Feinstein, Michael
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2014-02-03
  • Gabriel Kahane & Timothy Andres

    Composer/pianists Gabriel Kahane and Timothy Andres discuss their compositions, performing careers and collaboration at the Library of Congress. Both are leading figures in a new generation of musicians who believe in breaking down barriers between musical genres.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013-04-05
  • Rodgers & Hammerstein: Carousel

    In the sixth episode of a series of videos that explore the Rodgers and Hammerstein collections at the Library of Congress, Michael Feinstein examines the origins of the opening number from the hit musical Carousel, "Carousel Waltz." Produced by special arrangement with Imagem/Williamson Music Inc.

    • Contributor: Feinstein, Michael
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2014-01-03
  • Alexander String Quartet with Robert Greenberg

    The Alexander String Quartet and composer-pianist-musicologist Robert Greenberg, who has been called "the Elvis of music history and appreciation" unravel the mysteries and marvels of Beethoven's String Quartet op. 130, bringing to life the history, art, politics, intrigue and romance that have shaped this music. The Alexander String Quartet was formed in New York City in 1981.

    • Contributor: Greenberg, Robert
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2010-04-17
  • Pre-Concert Conversation with Jefferson Friedman

    Jefferson Friedman and members of the Chiara String Quartet discuss Friedman's Library of Congress commission. The Chiara String Quartet is renowned for innovative approaches to chamber music masterworks and a commitment to new compositions for string quartet.

    • Contributor: Friedman, Jefferson
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2014-12-05
  • Conversation with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra on Bach's Brandenburg Concertos

    Gottfried von der Goltz, Freiburger Barockorchester, and members of the ensemble speak with Library staff about their work and performing Bach's Brandenburg Concertos.

    • Contributor: Various
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2014-02-04
  • Saving Mary: Stabat Mater Settings from Pergolesi to Poulenc

    Nicholas Alexander Brown discusses musical settings of the Catholic "Stabat Mater" text from Pergolesi to Poulenc, in conjunction with a performance by Belgian early music ensemble Vox Luminis.

    • Contributor: Brown, Nicholas A.
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2014-10-29
  • We Write the Songs: Celebrating the ASCAP Collection

    The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Foundation staged "We Write the Songs" at the Coolidge Auditorium, a night of songwriters performing their own tunes and telling the stories behind their creations. Performers included performers were: Paul Williams, Jackie DeShannon, Billy Steinberg, Tom Kelly, Barry Eastmond, Freddie Jackson, Dean Kay, Bruce Broughton, Brett James, Gordie Sampson, Hillary Lindsey, Lyle Lovett and Hal ...

    • Contributor: Various
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-05-10
  • Ensemble Caprice

    Ensemble Caprice conjures the fascinating musical dialogue between the Old and New Worlds, an exchange that produced a vibrant fusion of European harmonies and melodies blended with Latin, African, and Amerindian nuances. Performed on flutes and recorders, baroque guitar, cello and a wealth of percussion, these colorful works feature texts in Spanish, Italian, French, and Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs.

    • Contributor: Various Performers
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2014-11-21
  • The New Deal Legacy and Contemporary Scholarship, Part 2

    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 ...

    • Contributor: Various - Brannan, Beverly W. - Birney, Alice L. (Alice Lotvin) - Breiseth, Christopher Neri - Camp, Charles - Clark, Robert William - Cleary, Beth M. - Cole, John Young - Dimunation, Mark G. - Gottesman, Laura - Kalin, Andrea - Katzman, Laura - Kazin, Michael - Kerst, Catherine Hiebert - McDannell, Colleen - Morgan, Mindy J. - Peatross, C. Ford - Rachleff, Peter J. - Remsberg, Rich - Sapoznik, Henry - Tidwell, John Edgar - Wiltsey, Tom - Zvonchenko, Walter - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - Library of Congress - National New Deal Preservation Association - United States. National Archives and Records Administration
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material - Collection
    • Date: 2008-03-14
  • Capturing Sound: How Technology Has Changed Music

    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 ...

    • Contributor: Katz, Mark
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2005-11-09
  • Schumann Trio

    The Schumann Trio plays works of Mozart (Trio in E-flat Major, K. 498, "Kegelstatt"), Zwilich (Romance for Violin and Piano, Library of Congress commission), Marchenerzahlungen (Op. 132) and Brahms (Clarinet Trio in A minor, op. 114, arranged for viola by Michael Tree).

    • Contributor: Trio, Schumann
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-03-03
  • The Musical Worlds of Victor Herbert: Concert

    An intimate concert sampling Herbert's operetta classics, including "Babes in Toyland," "Naughty Marietta," and moments from the Ziegfield Follies. Rediscover an important composer and cellist who influenced Antonín Dvořák, and later, great American musical theater figures like Irving Berlin and the Gershwins. Hosted by the Library's Loras John Schissel with William Hicks (music director/pianist), Rebecca Luker (vocalist), Ron Raines (vocalist), Aaron Lazar (vocalist), Korliss ...

    • Contributor: Various
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-12-03
  • CMA Songwriters Series 2011

    Clint Black, Patty Loveless and Tim Nichols and Bob DiPiero headline an intimate evening of country music presented jointly with the Country Music Association.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-11-16
  • Treasures in the Pre-1800 General Collections of Music

    Susan Clermont makes a presentation on the Music Division's collections prio to 1800 as part of the Library's docent training.

    • Contributor: Clermont, Susan
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2006-12-07
  • Meaning & Myth in Louise Talma's First Period Works

    Kendra Leonard discusses meaning and myth in the first-period works of 20th century composer Louise Talma.

    • Contributor: Leonard, Kendra Preston
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013-09-24
  • John Koster: What Did Harpsichords Sound Like in 1910?

    John Koster discusses the sound of harpsichords in the early part of the 20th Century, in a companion lecture to a concert by Mahan Esfahani.

    • Contributor: Koster, John
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2010-05-29