• Manuscript Sources of Verklarte Nacht

    Wayne Shirley discusses the manuscript sources for Arnold Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht in the Library's Whittall Collection.

    • Contributor: Shirley, Wayne
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-02-04
  • ASCAP 2013: We Write the Songs

    The Library of Congress hosted the annual ASCAP "We Write the Songs" concert that celebrates the Library's partnership with the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, a non-profit organization that handles licensing and royalties for songwriters. Performers included Paul Williams, Alan Bergman, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Jim Weatherly, Siedah Garrett, Charles Strouse and Liz Calloway.

    • Contributor: Various
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013-05-14
  • 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
  • Music and the Brain: The Positive Affects of Music Therapy on Health

    Why can someone with Alzheimer's disease recall lyrics to songs when they can't remember the names of their children? Why can a stroke survivor sing words to a familiar song even though they cannot speak? Drawing from more than 30 years of clinical experience and current research into the therapeutic applications of music for persons with acute or chronic health conditions, Concetta Tomaino will ...

    • Contributor: Tomaino, Dr. Concetta M.
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2010-03-12
  • 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
  • Finding New Perspectives on the Germania Musical Society

    Nancy Newman presents an American Musicological Society lecture, "A Program Not Greatly to Their Credit": Finding New Perspectives on the Germania Musical Society through the American Memory Sheet Music Collection.

    • Contributor: Newman, Nancy
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2014-04-22
  • The Musical Worlds of Victor Herbert: A Conversation with Alyce Mott

    Victor Herbert is the grandfather of American musical theater, founder of the organization that protects the rights of composers (ASCAP), and the creator of some of America's best loved classics. He set the stage for the legendary creators of Broadway, making the work of Irving Berlin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and Stephen Sondheim possible.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-12-03
  • Salzburg Hyperion Ensemble Performing Strauss, Schoenberg & Brahms

    This ensemble of musicians from prestigious European orchestras and chamber music societies offer well-known and seldom heard chamber music, including the original sextet version of Verkl??rte Nacht.

    • Contributor: Hyperion Ensemble
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-02-04
  • Recital: Valerie Tryon, Piano

    The Library celebrated the bicentennials of composers Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi with lecture/recital double-bill. In the recital, Valerie Tryon performed a range of these works that draws on the Library's substantial holdings. In addition to Lisztian encounters with Verdi and Wagner, Tryon included several unique works based on the music of Mozart and Allegri.

    • Contributor: Tryon, Valerie
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013-11-09
  • Poets & Patriotism: The 200th Birthday of the Star-Spangled Banner

    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.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2014-07-03
  • Seeger Tribute: Politics, Theory and the Folk Revival

    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 Bill Ivey, Vanderbilt University, who discussed "Theorizing Folk and Country Music"; Robert Cantwell, University of North Carolina, who spoke on "The Politics of Pete"; and Millie Rahn, independent folklorist, ...

    • Contributor: Various
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2007-03-16
  • Music and the Brain: Halt or I'll Play Vivaldi

    Jacqueline Helfgott and Norman Middleton examine the use of classical music by law enforcement and other cultural institutions as social control, to quell and prevent crime. Their conversation touches on how classical music is viewed in contemporary culture, how it can be a tool for discouraging criminal activity and anti-social behavior, as well as its history as a mind-altering experience.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2009-03-13
  • Introduction to Stradivari

    An introduction to Stradivari with Peter Sheppard Skaerved, violin.

    • Contributor: Skaerved, Peter Sheppard
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-12-15
  • 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
  • On the Nature of Celebrity: Franz Liszt, Niccolo Paganini & Lady Gaga

    A panel discussion on the nature of musical celebrity throughout the ages, featuring Mathieu Deflem of the University of South Carolina, Denise Gallo of the Library of Congress Music Division and Robert Aubrey Davis of WETA.

    • Contributor: Various
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-10-19
  • 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
  • In Defense of Transcription

    The Library celebrated the bicentennials of composers Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi with lecture/recital double-bill. In the lecture, prominent Liszt scholar Alan Walker spoke about the art of arrangement as exemplified in the transcriptions and paraphrases of Franz Liszt. Perhaps the 19th century's greatest advocate at the keyboard of orchestral and operatic scores, Liszt produced a tremendous body of piano works based on the ...

    • Contributor: Walker, Alan
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013-11-09
  • Concert: Pamela Frank & Friends

    A concert with Pamela Frank and Alexander Simionescu, violin; Dmitri Murrath and Nokuthula Ngwenyama, viola; Peter Wiley and Edward Arron, cello. Works performed included Dvorak Miniatures, Op. 75a, Schoenberg "Verklaerte Nacht" and Brahms String Sextet No. 1, Op. 18.

    • Contributor: Various
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-10-10
  • 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
  • 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
  • Homo-Musicus: How Music Began

    Ellen Dissayanake discusses "Homo Musicus: How Music Began." The universally observed interaction between mothers and infants, commonly and even dismissively called "baby talk," is composed of proto-aesthetic, temporally-organized elements that Dissayanake suggests are the origin of human music. Because infants are born ready to engage in these encounters and to prefer their visual, vocal and gestural components to any other sight or sound, one ...

    • Contributor: Dissayanake, Ellen
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2008-10-17
  • Lionel Loueke Trio

    West African harmonies and jazz rhythms are seamlessly blended by guitarist/singer/composer Lionel Loueke with Massimo Biolcati on bass and Ferenc Nemeth on drums.

    • Contributor: Loueke, Lionel
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2010-12-03
  • New Deal Resources: Preserving the Legacy, 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: 2008-03-13
  • We Write the Songs: ASCAP Concert 2012

    The Library hosted the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Foundation for its annual event "We Write the Songs," a night of songwriters performing their own tunes and telling the stories behind their creations. Performers included Terri Nunn, Ray Parker Jr., Irving Burgie, Stephen Bishop, Melanie, Dan Foliart, Dino Fekaris, Chris Stapleton, Stephen Schwartz, Valerie Simpson (of Ashford & Simpson fame) and ...

    • Contributor: Various
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-05-15
  • New Deal Resources: Preserving the Legacy, 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: 2008-03-13