• 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
  • Harold Meltzer & William Anderson

    Harold Meltzer talks about his new work with Cygnus founder William Anderson.

    • Contributor: Various
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-02-03
  • Founder's Day Concert Featuring the Music of Morton Subotnick

    The Library hosted a concert featuring the music of Morton Subotnik. "Trembling," an early foray into "Ghost" electronics, is the opener for the world premiere of a new Subotnick work, a 30 minute opera without words. Conceived for Joan La Barbara, "the queen of vocal experimentation" (The Wire), it's an extraordinary aural and visual experience: the composer's voice interacts with and controls the Buchla ...

    • Contributor: Various
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-11-09
  • Tchaikovsky & Taneyev: Mentor and Protege

    Set within the artistic milieu of the last decades of Imperial Russia, this presentation traces the lives and careers of two of that country's most influential composers: Petr Il'ich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), and his student Sergei Ivanovich Taneyev (1856-1915) -- the former having enjoyed a worldwide celebrity during his lifetime, and the latter's reputation having been eclipsed to some degree by his more famous mentor, ...

    • Contributor: Lavine, Kevin
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-05-13
  • 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
  • Music & Technology: Ge Wang & Mark Applebaum

    In collaboration with Stanford University, Mark Applebaum and Ge Wang speak about and demonstrate their work exploring technology in music. They illuminate key issues at the intersection of art and the technologies that contribute to it.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013-10-26
  • The Cellos of Stradivari

    Cellists Richard Belcher, Enso String Quartet, and Steven Honigberg, along with sculptor/instrument collector Alfredo Halegua, luthier John Montgomery and Carol Lynn Ward-Bamford of the Library's Music Division presented a lecture on Stradivari's cellos preceding the Enso String Quartet Concert.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2006-12-18
  • Bach & the Landowska Legacy

    Harpsichordist Skip Sempé performed on Wanda Landowska's unique Pleyel instrument and on her clavichord, speaking about her Bach performances and the Library's substantial Landowska archives.

    • Contributor: Semp&Eacute - , Skip
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-04-12
  • What the Autograph Can Tell Us: Beethoven's Sonata in E Major, Opus 109

    One of the treasures of the Library's collection of composers' autographs is the manuscript of Ludwig van Beethoven's late E major piano sonata. William Meredith presents a fascinating event with a distinguished collaborator, Malcolm Bilson, as partner. The talk and performance focuses on elements of the creative process visible in Beethoven's manuscript score, and some interesting details it can reveal about what Beethoven does ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-09-10
  • 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
  • Jazz Conversation: Ron Carter & Larry Appelbaum

    The Library's Larry Appelbaum talks with legendary jass bassist Ron Carter.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-10-17
  • The New Deal Legacy and Contemporary Scholarship, Part 1

    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
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2008-03-14
  • 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
  • Pre-Concert Conversation with Nico Muhly & Daniel Hope

    Violinist Daniel Hope and pianist Jeffrey Kahane join composer Nico Muhly for a pre-concert conversation.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-10-12
  • Interview with José James

    The Library's Larry Appelbaum talks with singer and songwriter José James.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-05-12
  • Wordless Music Orchestra with Tyondai Braxton

    Concert by Wordless Music with Tyondai Braxton; Caleb Burhans, conductor.

    • Contributor: Wordless Music
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-03-10
  • An Introduction to Irving Fine's Fantasia for String Trio with Richard Wernick

    Pulitzer-winning composer Richard Wernick introduces the music of American composer Irving Fine to students from the Peabody Preparatory Performance Academy for Strings. Produced in conjunction with the Library of Congress Irving Fine Centennial Festival.

    • Contributor: Wernick, Richard
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-11-10
  • Stephen Ackert: "Mein junges Leben hat ein End"

    Organist/harpsichordist Stephen Ackert discusses and demonstrates aspects of Sweelinck's "Mein junges Leben hat ein End" in its original keyboard version.

    • Contributor: Ackert, Stephen
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-02-11
  • Writing About Music in a Time of Change

    Tim Page, Pulitzer Prize winner and chief classical music critic for The Washington Post, delivered the 2006 Louis C. Elson Memorial Lecture on "Writing About Music in a Time of Change" in a program sponsored by the Library's Music Division and John W. Kluge Center. The Louis C. Elson Memorial Fund was established at the Library of Congress by Elson's widow, Bertha, to provide ...

    • Contributor: Page, Tim
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2006-11-30
  • Celebrating Rumi: An Evening of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi's Poetry and Sufi Music with Whirling Dervishes

    The Library's African and Middle Eastern Division and the Music Division co-sponsored a poetry and music program with the Turkish Embassy titled "Celebrating Rumi: An Evening of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi's Poetry and Sufi Music with Whirling Dervishes." This was the first of several programs which launched the UNESCO's International Year of Rumi in the United States. Rumi who lived in the 13th century wrote ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2007-03-14
  • The Icelandic Edda: Myth and the Mind

    Part of the Music and the Brain series, "The Icelandic Edda: Myth and the Mind -- Wagner, Tolkien, and Beyond" is presented by Hjalmar W. Hannesson, Ambassador of Iceland; Alexander Stein, psychoanalyst; and Taru Spiegel, European Division, Library of Congress.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2010-01-28
  • Preconcert Talk: Helen Ashby & Andrew Griffiths

    Members of the Stile Antico ensemble discuss Renaissance vocal music.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013-04-17
  • The English Concert

    One of the world's finest period instrument orchestras comes to the Library with Alice Coote, a singer praised for her "commanding, sensual, and leonine presence" and "a voice of copper silk" in vocal and instrumental works by Dowland, Handel, Monteverdi, and Vivaldi.

    • Contributor: The English Concert
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2010-10-14
  • 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
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2008-03-14
  • Pianist, Vocalist and Composer Henry Butler Discusses Teaching and Performing Rhythm & Blues and Jazz

    Pianist, vocalist and composer Henry Butler discusses his life of teaching and performing rhythm and blues and jazz. He performs selected pieces on the piano that were influenced by his native New Orleans. Butler also shares his experience of losing his home from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Interviewing Butler is the Library's Larry Appelbaum.

    • Contributor: Butler, Henry
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2007-11-01