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  • I'm Frozen and I Can't Play a Thing!: Stage Fright and the Brain

    Norman Middleton recalls famous artists with the afflictions of stage fright and discusses recent research into solving the condition, through medication and altered thinking patterns that exacerbate the problem.

    • Contributor: Middleton, Norman
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2010-04-09
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • C.P.E. Bach Sources at the Library of Congress

    A discussion of the C.P.E. Bach manuscripts at the Library of Congress.

    • Contributor: Boomhower, Daniel
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2014-04-04
  • 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 - Brannan, Beverly W. - Birney, Alice L. (Alice Lotvin) - Breiseth, Christopher Neri - Camp, Charles - Clark, Robert William - Cleary, Beth M. - Cole, John Young - Dimunation, Mark G. - Gottesman, Laura - Kalin, Andrea - Katzman, Laura - Kazin, Michael - Kerst, Catherine Hiebert - McDannell, Colleen - Morgan, Mindy J. - Peatross, C. Ford - Rachleff, Peter J. - Remsberg, Rich - Sapoznik, Henry - Tidwell, John Edgar - Wiltsey, Tom - Zvonchenko, Walter - American Folklife Center - Archive of Folk Culture (Library of Congress) - Library of Congress - National New Deal Preservation Association - United States. National Archives and Records Administration
    • Original Format: Film, Video - Manuscripts/Mixed Material - Collection
    • Date: 2008-03-14
  • Saving Mary: Stabat Mater Settings from Pergolesi to Poulenc

    Nicholas Alexander Brown discusses musical settings of the Catholic "Stabat Mater" text from Pergolesi to Poulenc, in conjunction with a performance by Belgian early music ensemble Vox Luminis.

    • Contributor: Brown, Nicholas A.
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2014-10-29
  • Editing & Performing the Music of C.P.E. Bach

    Paul Corneilson and Mark Knoll of the Packard Humanities Institute discuss the music of C.P.E. Bach, in commemoration of the composer's 300th birthday.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2014-04-05
  • Introduction to Stradivari

    An introduction to Stradivari with Peter Sheppard Skaerved, violin.

    • Contributor: Skaerved, Peter Sheppard
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-12-15
  • Pre-Concert Conversation with the Calefax Reed Quintet

    A conversation with the Calefax Reed Quintet prior to their concert at the Library of Congress.

    • Contributor: Calefax Reed Quintet
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2015-02-02
  • Blue Note at 75

    Library music specialist Larry Appelbaum moderates a panel discussion marking the 75th anniversary of the influential jazz label, Blue Note Records. Panelists include veteran saxophonist Lou Donaldson, producer Michael Cuscuna and pianist Jason Moran.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2014-05-10
  • A Fiddler's Tale

    Annette Kaufman, pianist and art collector, discussed "A Fiddler's Tale: How Hollywood and Vivaldi Discovered Me," a book she co-wrote with her husband, violinist and art collector Louis Kaufman.

    • Contributor: Kaufman, Annette
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2003-07-31
  • Rodgers & Hammerstein: Cinderella

    In the fourth episode of a series of videos that explore the Rodgers and Hammerstein collections at the Library of Congress, Michael Feinstein discusses the impact of their "Cinderella" on television, as well as the ways that creators work with rhythm, text and music. Produced by special arrangement with Imagem/Williamson Music Inc.

    • Contributor: Feinstein, Michael
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2014-02-03
  • Stevie Wonder Discusses Library Commission "Sketches of a Life"

    Stevie Wonder talks to Norman Middleton of the Library's Music Division about his new Library of Congress commission, "Sketches of a Life," and his thoughts about composition and music.

    • Contributor: Wonder, Stevie
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2009-02-24
  • 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
  • CMA Songwriters Series: Bob DiPiero, Brett James, Little Big Town, Lori McKenna

    Platinum-selling country quartet Little Big Town and country songwriters Brett James, Lori McKenna and Bob DiPiero kick off the new Country Music Association (CMA) Songwriters concert series at the Library of Congress.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2010-12-04
  • 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
  • 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
  • "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
  • Burt Bacharach on Composing

    Burt Bacharach was interviewed at the Library while he was here to receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song (along with his frequent collaborator, lyricist Hal David). The interview focuses on Bacharach's compositional process.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-05-08
  • Uri Caine Trio

    The Uri Caine Trio perform at the Atlas Performing Center in Washington, D.C.

    • Contributor: Caine, Uri
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2010-05-22
  • 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
  • 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
  • A Conversation with Henry Threadgill

    Larry Appelbaum interviews composer and multi-instrumentalist Henry Threadgill about his musical upbringing in Chicago, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), the story of his life-changing experience in Vietnam, his groups Air and Zooid, and his approach to composition and improvisation.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2013-10-26
  • 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