• Mahan Esfahani, Harpsichord Concert

    Leading international harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani played works by Kuhnau, J.S. Bach, W.F. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Martinu and Prokofiev, in commemoration of C.P.E. Bach's 300th birthday.

    • Contributor: Esfahani, Mahan
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2014-04-04
  • 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
  • Rodgers & Hammerstein: A Real Nice Clambake

    In the ninth episode of a series of videos that explore the Rodgers and Hammerstein collections at the Library of Congress, Michael Feinstein discusses Oscar Hammerstein's research techniques, and "A Real Nice Clambake" from "Carousel." Produced by special arrangement with Imagem/Williamson Music Inc.

    • Contributor: Feinstein, Michael
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2014-02-03
  • 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
  • Dangerous Music: Suckers, Firestarters, & Cultural Anarchists, Oh My!

    Norman Middleton and Jessica Krash discuss "dangerous classical music" and marketing, examine the relation between high art and popular art and the mental and emotional intensity of classical music, and journey to the dark side with a discussion of arson and murder associated with heavy metal music and the highly controversial and contemporary issue of music and torture.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2009-11-06
  • Bernstein Meets Broadway

    The composer Leonard Bernstein once wrote that his now-famous "West Side Story" of 1957 included a plea for racial tolerance as materials reveal in the Bernstein Collection in the Music Division of the Library of Congress. This lecture traces Bernstein's composer-activism back to "On the Town" of 1944, which was his first Broadway show and grew out of a fruitful collaboration with Betty Comden, ...

    • Contributor: Oja , Carol J.
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2011-02-07
  • 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
  • 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
  • Preconcert Talk: Stephan Sänger

    Stephan Sänger, co-artistic director of Concerto Köln, discusses his work.

    • Contributor: S&Auml - Nger, Stephan
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-04-20
  • 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
  • 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
  • Preconcert Talk: David Nelson & Chaya Czernowin

    Composer Chaya Czernowin and Orchestra 2001 percussionist David Nelson discuss an evening concert of works by George Crumb and a Library of Congress Dina Koston and Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music commission by Czernowin, "Slow Summer Stay II: Lakes" (2012).

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013-05-03
  • Birmingham Contemporary Music Group Discussion

    Stephen and Jackie Newbould of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group join the Library's Nicholas Brown to discuss the work of the ensemble, Oliver Knussen and their unique Sound Investment commissioning scheme.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2014-04-08
  • 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
  • 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
  • Wednesday is Indigo Blue: How Synesthesia Speaks to Creativity

    Neurologist Richard Cytowic rediscovered the involuntary joining of different senses in 1980 and returned it to the scientific mainstream. In his recent book, "Wednesday is Indigo Blue," Cytowic sums up 30 years of exploration into synesthesia's place in both science and art. Far from a mere curiosity, it is an elevated form of the perception everyone already has. Minds that function differently are not ...

    • Contributor: Cytowic, Richard
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2009-10-30
  • 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
  • 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 Many Rooms of Bach's Suites

    Daniel Boomhower discusses Bach.

    • Contributor: Boomhower, Daniel
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-04-28
  • 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
  • Samuel Barber: The Composer and His Music

    Barbara B. Heyman discusses her book "Samuel Barber: The Composer and His Music."

    • Contributor: Heyman, Barbara
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2010-10-28
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • "Taps" and Gen. Daniel Butterfield

    In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of "Taps," Nicholas Brown (a descendant of General Daniel Butterfield, who arranged the military call) explores the origin and history of America's bugle call and the man behind it. Special appearances by Master Sergeant Allyn Van Patten, principal special bugler for U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own," and Jari Villanueva, director, Taps for Veterans. Presented in conjunction with the ...

    • Contributor: Brown, Nicholas A.
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013-12-16