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  • 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
  • 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
  • National Anthem Remix Panel Discussion

    The Library's stacks include a trove of arrangements of our national anthem, including Stravinsky's "The Star-Spangled Banner," and "Ode to the Star-Spangled Banner" by Ferde Grofé. This panel discusses the history and value of revamping one of our most provocative songs. Panelists include Matt Spivey (vice president of artistic operations, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra), Loras John Schissel (music division, Library of Congress), Neil Grauer (assistant ...

    • Contributor: Various
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2014-09-18
  • 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
  • Wellness and Growth: Acoustic Medicine and Music Therapy

    A discussion presented in cooperation with the American Music Therapy Association.

    • Contributor: Standley, Jayne
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2010-05-14
  • Rodgers & Hammerstein: It Might as Well Be Spring

    In the third episode of a series of videos that explore the Rodgers and Hammerstein collections at the Library of Congress, Michael Feinstein examines the creative process of songwriting via "It Might as Well Be Spring" from the film "State Fair," which won an Academy Award for Best Song. Produced by special arrangement with Imagem/Williamson Music Inc.

    • Contributor: Feinstein, Michael
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2014-02-03
  • Music Therapy for Alzheimer's & Post-Traumatic Stress

    Alicia Clair discusses music therapy and their affect on patients with Alzheimer's and Post-Traumatic Stress syndrome.

    • Contributor: Clair, Dr. Alicia
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2010-11-06
  • 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
  • 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
  • Introduction to Stradivari

    An introduction to Stradivari with Peter Sheppard Skaerved, violin.

    • Contributor: Skaerved, Peter Sheppard
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-12-15
  • Race & the Broadway Musical

    Warren Hoffman discusses the role of race in American musical theater.

    • Contributor: Hoffman, Warren
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2014-10-10
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Pre-Concert Conversation with Jefferson Friedman

    Jefferson Friedman and members of the Chiara String Quartet discuss Friedman's Library of Congress commission. The Chiara String Quartet is renowned for innovative approaches to chamber music masterworks and a commitment to new compositions for string quartet.

    • Contributor: Friedman, Jefferson
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2014-12-05
  • 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
  • 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
  • Michael Feinstein Celebrates Songs of America

    Musician Michael Feinstein introduces the Library's new Songs of America website.

    • Contributor: Feinstein, Michael
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2014-02-03
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Touching History - Pianos in Perspective

    Dr. Frank P. Baer, curator of historic instruments at the German National Museum, Nuremberg, and fortepianist Ludwig Semerjian from Quebec, shared their experience of a journey into the land of the forgotten sound. The event was presented in collaboration with the Orchestre de la Nouvelle France and SMW World of Sound.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2009-04-30
  • History & Reconstruction of Native American Flutes in the Dayton C. Miller Collection

    Native American instrument-maker and performer Barry D. Higgins (White Crow) explores the history and reconstruction of the diverse types of Native American flutes held in the Library's Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection. The Miller Flute Collection contains nearly 1,700 flutes and other wind instruments, statuary, iconography, books, music, trade catalogs, tutors, patents and other materials mostly related to the flute. It includes both Western ...

    • Contributor: Higgins (White Crow), Barry D.
    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 2012-11-28
  • 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