• Koussevitzky's Legacy: A Conversation with Members of the Koussevitzky Board

    Serge Koussevitzky championed the music of his time throughout his career, and the Foundation established in his name has continued to support the music of living composers since his death in 1951. Members of the foundation board (James Kendrick, Fred Lerdahl, Gunther Schuller, Fred Sherry) discuss the conductor and composer's legacy with former Library staff member Jon Newsom.

    • Contributor: Various
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2014-05-02
  • Working (and Not Working) with Bernstein

    Composer Jack Gottlieb, author of the recently published memoir "Working with Bernstein," discusses his own role as a fellow composer.

    • Contributor: Gottlieb, Jack
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2010-12-11
  • Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time

    French composer Olivier Messiaen wrote his seminal chamber work Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time) while he was a prisoner of the German army during World War II. The first performance, given for an audience of about four hundred of his fellow prisoners of war and their prison guards in Stalag VIII-A, resonates as poignant example of the ...

    • Contributor: Wintle, James
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-03-11
  • George Crumb & David Starobin

    A conversation with composer George Crumb on his American Songbooks cycle with a longtime friend, Bridge Records producer David Starobin.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-04-28
  • Rodgers & Hammerstein: Do-Re-Mi

    In the eighth episode of a series of videos that explore the Rodgers and Hammerstein collections at the Library of Congress, Michael Feinstein discusses "Do-Re-Mi" from "The Sound of Music." Produced by special arrangement with Imagem/Williamson Music Inc.

    • Contributor: Feinstein, Michael
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2014-02-03
  • Allen Toussaint & Larry Appelbaum

    Prior to a concert by Allen Toussaint and Henry Butler at the Library of Congress, Toussaint sat for an interview with Larry Appelbaum about his hit records, life in the recording studios, the New Orleans piano tradition, Professor Longhair, the challenges of songwriting and producing and the impact of Hurricane Katrina.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2007-11-07
  • 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
  • Rodgers & Hammerstein: Introduction & Oklahoma!

    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.

    • Contributor: Feinstein, Michael
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2014-02-03
  • Rodgers & Hammerstein: My Favorite Things

    In the second episode of a series of videos that explore the Rodgers and Hammerstein collections at the Library of Congress, Michael Feinstein traces the origin of the lyrics for "My Favorite Things" from the hit Broadway musical The Sound of Music. Produced by special arrangement with Imagem/Williamson Music Inc.

    • Contributor: Feinstein, Michael
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2014-02-03
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Samuel Barber: Serendipitous Discoveries

    Barbara Heyman discussed the life and music of American composer Samuel Barber (1910-1981), focusing on how inscriptions and quotations on primary source material reveal striking aspects of his compositional approach. Heyman shed light on recent discoveries including Barber's music manuscripts, sketches and correspondence. The Library of Congress is the preeminent repository for manuscripts by Barber. The composer's Hermit Songs, op. 29 were commissioned by ...

    • Contributor: Heyman, Barbara
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-10-02
  • Rock Hall of Fame Guitarist Chris Hillman

    Rock pioneer Chris Hillman talks about the craft of the songwriter and about his prolific career.

    • Contributor: Hillman, Chris
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2009-10-16
  • 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
  • Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life

    Legendary musician Graham Nash, founding member of the iconic bands Crosby, Stills & Nash and The Hollies, speaks about his candid and riveting new autobiography "Wild Tales: A Rock and Roll Life."

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013-09-16
  • Chamber Music Concert: Daniel Hope & Jeffrey Kahane

    With longtime chamber music partner Jeffrey Kahane, Daniel Hope returns to the Library to open the concert season in a program of Ravel, Brahms, Muhly and Mendelssohn.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-10-12
  • 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
  • Dipper Mouth Blues

    Thomas Brothers discusses Louis Armstrong, composer of King Oliver's "Dipper Mouth Blues."

    • Contributor: Thomas Brothers
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-03-29
  • 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
  • Jazz Conversation: Lyricist Iola Brubeck

    Denise Gallo, Head of Acquisitions and Processing with the Library of Congress Music Division, conducts a conversation with lyricist Iola Brubeck, wife of famed jazz musician Dave Brubeck.

    • Contributor: Brubeck, Iola
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2008-04-10
  • The Paganini Project with Peter Sheppard Skærved

    Polymathic and ever-curious British violinist Peter Sheppard Skærved delves into the Library's fascinating Niccolò Paganini collection. Examining posters, playbills, letters, manuscripts and memorabilia collected by Paganini himself, he reveals how the virtuoso created his own mystique as a violinist and musical innovator. From his "Secret Red Book" containing recipes, prescriptions, tour dates, a laundry list and financial notes, to clues about the virtuoso's alleged ...

    • Contributor: Sk&Aelig - Rved, Peter Sheppard
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-06-06
  • Conversation with the Elias String Quartet

    Donald Grant, violin, and Martin Saving, viola, of the Elias Quartet, discuss their work and the music of Haydn, Kurtag, and Beethoven.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2014-03-07
  • Composer John Adams Reads from His Autobiography

    Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer John Adams will read from his autobiography, "Hallelujah Junction."

    • Contributor: Adams, John
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2010-05-14