• Remembering Argos: Life & Loss in the Funeral Odes of Franz Liszt

    Franz Liszt (1811-1886) composed a set of three "Funeral Odes" between 1860 and 1866 as memorial works for members of his family. Existing in a number of different versions but still barely known, David Plylar provides an introduction to these fascinating pieces before performing them in their piano solo versions. The Library of Congress holds the holograph manuscripts of two versions of the works: ...

    • Contributor: Plylar, David
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2014-03-11
  • The Mind of an Artist

    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.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2009-03-27
  • 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
  • Motive Cello: Motivations in the Cello Sonatas of Beethoven, Brahms & Chopin

    As part of a talk preceding a performance by Daniel Müller-Schott and Simon Trpceski, David Plylar speaks about some of the relationships between musical materials in three major sonatas for cello and piano -- in essence, an introduction to motives and their motivations. Works addressed include Beethoven's Sonata in C major, op. 102/1, Brahms' Sonata in F major, op. 99 and Chopin's Sonata in ...

    • Contributor: Plylar, David
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2014-04-24
  • 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
  • A Talk with Sebastian Currier

    Composer Sebastian Currier talks about his new work ("Xenakis Remix," performed later that evening) and his career.

    • Contributor: Currier, Sebastian
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-05-06
  • Death & the Civil War: Drew Gilpin Faust & Ric Burns

    In conjunction with the landmark exhibit The Civil War in America, the Library presented Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust in conversation with filmmaker Ric Burns for this commemoration of the Civil War Sesquicentennial. Sen. Elizabeth Warren introduced the event, which explored how death in the Civil War permanently transformed the character of American society. The program featured a clip from the PBS documentary ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013-02-27
  • The Many Rooms of Bach's Suites

    Daniel Boomhower discusses Bach.

    • Contributor: Boomhower, Daniel
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-04-28
  • Preconcert Talk: John Adams, Zosha di Castri & Claire Chase

    John Adams, Zosha di Castri and Claire Chase talk about the International Contemporary Ensemble.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013-05-24
  • A Conversation with Morton Subotnick

    Morton Subotnick discussed his musical works in a conversation prior to the Library's annual Founder's Day Concert.

    • Contributor: Subotnick, Morton
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-11-09
  • 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
  • Jonathan Larson: The Man Who Died Too Young

    Mark Horowitz discusses the life and work of Jonathan Larson, composer of the hit musical "Rent."

    • Contributor: Horowitz, Mark
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-05-09
  • Wagner in America

    Alex Ross returns to his native Washington, D.C., in this afternoon symposium on Wagner connections to American culture.

    • Contributor: Ross, Alex
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013-11-23
  • Arnold Schoenberg's Creative Journey, 1897-1912

    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.

    • Contributor: Frisch, Walter
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2009-10-28
  • Founder's Day Concert: Party Like It's 1587

    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 ...

    • Contributor: Various
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013-10-30
  • 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
  • Mahan Esfahani: Harpsichord Concert

    Mahan Esfahani plays Wanda Landowska's Pleyel harpsichord, featuring pieces from her 1927 concert at the Library of Congress.

    • Contributor: Esfahani, Mahan
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2010-05-29
  • Conversation with Rosanne Cash & Natasha Trethewey

    Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey discusses music, poetry and creativity with country musician Rosanne Cash.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013-12-07
  • Dance & Democracy: Politics & Protest, World War I Through the Cold War

    In 1927 Isadora Duncan declared "I See America Dancing"--a reference to Walt Whitman's poem "I Hear America Singing" envisioning dance as a powerful tool for cultural expression. The exhibit Politics and the Dancing Body explores how American choreographers between World War I through the Cold War used dance to celebrate American culture, to voice social protest, and to raise social consciousness. The exhibition also ...

    • Contributor: Various
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-03-08
  • In Concert: Paolo Pandolfo & Thomas Boysen

    Paolo Pandolfo (viola da gamba) and Thomas Boysen (theorbo/Baroque guitar) play in a dazzling program of Renaissance improvisations and celebrated works by Sainte-Colombe and Marin Marais.

    • Contributor: Various
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-02-26
  • Pre-Concert Lecture: Fabio Bonizzoni

    Fabio Bonizzoni was interviewed by Daniel Boomhower prior to a concert at the Library of Congress.

    • Contributor: Bonizzoni, Fabio
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-11-29
  • Danny Kaye Website Launch

    At an evening celebration on March 19, the Library launched a website featuring 2,000 items from its Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine Collection.

    • Contributor: Speakers, Various
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013-03-19
  • ASCAP Collection Concert

    The stories of, and back stories behind, several beloved songs were laid out for a most entertained audience May 11 as the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Foundation brought forward an evening of songs sung by ASCAP's member songwriters at the Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium. The offering the second annual "We Write the Songs" event held at the Library in ...

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2010-05-11
  • Gretchen Parlato & Gerald Clayton Interviewed

    Larry Appelbaum of the Library's Music Division talks with musicians Gretchen Parlato and Gerald Clayton.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-12-02
  • David Schoenbaum: The Violin

    David Schoenbaum talks about his new book, "The Violin: A Social History of the World's Most Versatile Instrument."

    • Contributor: Shoenbaum, David
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-12-18