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    • Contributor: Mendel, Edward - Weger, August - Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Felix - Moss, George H. - Lewis, Robert Hall - Macdowell, Edward - Luboff, Norman - Page, Ruth - Huber, William - Zemlinsky, Alexander
  • Edison sheet music collection, 1830-1958

    The collection consists chiefly of American sheet music published in the United States between the years 1830-1930. While a significant minority of the music in the collection is instrumental music, the vast majority is for voice and piano. Notable in this collection are imprints from California dating from before 1850, first editions by Irving Berlin and others, and many European imprints among the instrumental ...

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc - Bellak, Ja's (James) - Bryan, Alfred - Cooper, George - Dubin, Al. - Gilbert, L. Wolfe (Louis Wolfe) - Grant, Bert - Grobe, Charles - Harrigan, Edward - Hays, Will. S. (William Shakespeare) - Heller, Stephen - Herz, Henri - Holland, Justin - Jerome, William - Johnson, Howard - Kahn, Gus - Kinkel, Charles - Lamb, Arthur J. - Mack, Edward - Maeder, J. Gaspard (James Gaspard) - Maylath, H. (Heinrich) - Meyer, Louis - Meyerbeer, Giacomo - Millöcker, Carl - Moelling, Theodore - Pixley, Frank - Root, George F. (George Frederick) - Russell, Henry - Smith, Harry B. (Harry Bache) - Sterling, Andrew B. - Strelezki, Anton - Sudds, William F. - Weatherly, F. E. (Frederic Edward) - Webster, Joseph Philbrick - Whiting, Richard A. - Wodehouse, P. G. (Pelham Grenville) - Work, Henry C. (Henry Clay) - Young, Joe
    • Original Format: Notated Music
  • Folk-songs of the West and South : Negro cowboy and Spanish Californian

    vocal score | 19 p. ; 35 cm. | De rocks a-renderin' -- Moanin' dove -- The lone prarie -- The hours of grief -- The black face -- Bird dance song. (Content). Songs 1 and 2 "recorded" by Alice Haskell, 3 by Henry. F. Gilbert, 4-6 by Chas. F. Lummis. (General). "Volume IV [Spring Quarter - Part I] No. 27. Harmonized by Arthur ...

    • Contributor: Wa Wan Press - Farwell, Arthur - Haskell, Alice - Gilbert, Henry F. B. (Henry Franklin Belknap) - Lummis, Charles Fletcher
    • Original Format: Notated Music - Books
    • Date: 1905
  • Newland/Zeuner collection, circa 1735-circa 1900

    Primarily music (printed and ms.) for piano, 2 or 4 hands, and songs, with a concentration in sacred vocal works in Latin and English. (The music in Latin may represent the only known source of pre-Cäcilienverein 19th-century American Catholic Church music.) Composers range from Mozart and Rossini to George F. Root and Oliver Shaw. The collection contains the largest extant source of music by ...

    • Contributor: Newland, William Augustine - Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus - Rossini, Gioacchino - Root, George F. (George Frederick) - Shaw, Oliver
    • Original Format: Notated Music
  • Catalog Record

    Civil War sheet music Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    Offering a contemporary perspective from both sides of the conflict, this collection of sheet music addresses such subjects as emancipation (represented by polkas and quicksteps), constitutional reconstruction, reconciling the nation, and of course, songs heralding the Union or the Confederacy. In addition to the music, it is worth noting the many striking cover illustrations, particularly conventional portraits of generals, to battlefield scenes, to the ...

    • Original Format: Notated Music
    • Date: 1860
  • Who would doubt that I'm a man? /

    Caption title. "Specially adapted from the comic opera The Mormons--T.p." Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site. 1 score ([5] p.) ; 36 cm.

    • Contributor: Groebl, A. F.
    • Original Format: Notated Music
    • Date: 1895
  • Jerome Kern collection, 1905-1945

    The collection consists primarily of Kern's show music, some holograph sketches; most are manuscript full and vocal scores of Kern's orchestrators and arrangers, especially Frank Saddler and Robert Russell Bennett. Film and other music also is represented, as well as a small amount of correspondence.

    • Contributor: Kern, Jerome - Saddler, Frank - Bennett, Robert Russell
    • Original Format: Notated Music
  • Songs of Edward Lipton, 1967-1984

    Edward Lipton (1934-2011) was a songwriter and performer primarily known for writing children's songs. The collection contains manuscript scores for songs he wrote for both children and adults. Many are accompanied by lyric sheets.

    • Contributor: Lipton, Ed.
    • Original Format: Notated Music
  • A Company of Dancers & Actors and the Cleveland Orchestra

    concert program | 16p., 5 in. x 8 1/2 in. | Reproduced with permission of Martha Graham Resources, a division of The Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, www.marthagraham.org. (Copyright Notice). Concert Program (Form).

    • Contributor: The Neighborhood Playhouse
    • Original Format: Notated Music - Books
    • Date: 1929
  • Edison sheet music collection

    The collection consists chiefly of American sheet music published in the United States between the years 1830-1930. While a significant minority of the music in the collection is instrumental music, the vast majority is for voice and piano. Notable in this collection are imprints from California dating from before 1850, first editions by Irving Berlin and others, and many European imprints among the instrumental ...

    • Contributor: Thomas A. Edison, Inc
    • Original Format: Books - Notated Music
    • Date: 2005
  • Charlie Barnet collection of big band arrangements, 1939-1949

    Charlie Barnet (1913-1991) was an American bandleader, jazz saxophonist, composer, and arranger. The collection contains musical arrangements for approximately 650 songs and instrumental numbers used by Barnet and his band. The majority of these arrangements are represented by full scores, though thirty-seven are represented by parts only, and an additional thirty-one include both a full score and parts. Approximately fifty arrangers are represented in ...

    • Contributor: Barnet, Charlie - Burnett, Bobby - Burns, Ralph - Gibson, Andy - Hefti, Neal - Henderson, Horace - Humphries, Conn - Martin, Skip - Matthews, Dave - May, Billy - Moore, William (Arranger) - Siravo, George
    • Original Format: Notated Music
  • Catalog Record

    Irene Heskes collection, Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    The Yiddish American musical theater began in the Bowery area of the Lower East Side of New York City after 1880 and quickly expanded through New York and into many communities in the United States. This art form, with its genre of popular Yiddish songs, not only served a special Jewish patronage, but also served as a portal by which Jewish music entered mainstream ...

    • Contributor: Heskes, Irene
    • Original Format: Notated Music
    • Date: 1895
  • I didn't raise my boy to be a soldier /

    Notated Music. print | 1 score (5 pages) ; 36 cm | music by Al Piantadosi ; words by Alfred Bryan. (Statement Of Responsibility). For voice and piano. Caption title. Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site. (Additional Physical Form). Staff notation. (Language). Print (Form). Electronic Resource (Form). Remote (Form). Unmediated (Form). Volume (Form).

    • Contributor: Piantadosi, Al - Leo Feist - Bryan, Alfred
    • Original Format: Notated Music
    • Date: 1915
  • I'm raising my boy to be a soldier to fight for the U.S.A. /

    Notated Music. print | 1 score (5 pages) ; 34 cm | music by Mrs. Leo Ryan ; words by Leo Ryan ; arr. by Jos. Farley. (Statement Of Responsibility). For medium voice and piano. Caption title. Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site. (Additional Physical Form). Staff notation. (Language). Print (Form). Electronic Resource (Form). Remote (Form). Unmediated (Form). ...

    • Contributor: Ryan, Leo - Ryan & Bradley - Ryan, Leo (Mrs) - Ryan, Leo ((Lyricist)) - Farley, Jos
    • Original Format: Notated Music
    • Date: 1917
  • Billy Byers collection, 1964-1980

    Billy Byers was a composer, arranger, orchestrator, and musician (trombonist). The collection primarily contains full scores in Byers' hand. It represents a sampling of Byers' work as a composer, arranger, and orchestrator. The material shows the diverse styles, musical forces, and variety of performing venues in which he worked. The scores include works for recordings, live performances, television, and film; for small combos, big ...

    • Contributor: Byers, Billy
    • Original Format: Notated Music
  • We'll vote against the terrible men /

    Caption title. For medium voice and piano (with choral refrain (SATB)). Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site. 1 score (5 p.) ; 35 cm.

    • Contributor: Howard, Frank
    • Original Format: Notated Music
    • Date: 1869
  • Catalog Record

    Harry and Sara Lepman collection, Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    The Harry and Sara Lepman collection at the Library of Congress consists of sheet music, mostly dating from the 1890's to the end of the Second World War. It is part of a larger collection of American political memorabilia and artifacts that Mr. Lepman had assembled during his lifetime. Most of the non-music materials were given to the American History Museum of the Smithsonian ...

    • Contributor: Lepman, Harry
    • Original Format: Notated Music
    • Date: 1890
  • Charles Hambitzer music manuscripts, circa 1910-1918

    Charles Hambitzer (1878 or 1881-1918) was an American pianist, teacher, and composer. His best known piano student was the teenage George Gershwin. Hambitzer's compositions include orchestral tone poems, incidental music for plays, two operettas, and a variety of shorter pieces.

    • Contributor: Hambitzer, Charles
    • Original Format: Notated Music
  • Tommy Newsom arrangements, 1947-1999

    Tommy Newsom (1929-2007) was a saxophonist, arranger, bandleader, and composer. The collection contains musical arrangements that he wrote for dance band, symphonic orchestra, and small ensemble. The arrangements include manuscripts, printed copies, and photocopies for both full scores and orchestral parts. Most of the music dates from his thirty-year stint with the Tonight Show band. A few of the arrangements are by other arrangers ...

    • Contributor: Newsom, Tommy
    • Original Format: Notated Music
  • Catalog Record

    Leo Feist collection, Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    Leo Feist began his career as a corset salesman and composed songs as an avocation. When he failed to find a publisher for his work, he set up his own firm to deal in popular songs. "You can't go wrong with a Feist song" was the slogan printed on every copy of the firm's sheet music. An effective marketer, Feist soon had company branches ...

    • Contributor: Feist, Leo
    • Original Format: Notated Music
    • Date: 1880
  • Catalog Record

    Volcano of delight : historic sheet music Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    This sheet music collection consists of approximately 9,000 items published from 1800 to 1922. Most of the music is written for voice and piano; a significant minority is instrumental. Notable in this collection are early pieces by Irving Berlin and Jerome Kern, as well as music by other popular composers such as Victor Herbert, Jean Schwartz, Paul Dresser, Ernest R. Ball, Gussie L. Davis, ...

    • Original Format: Notated Music
    • Date: 1800
  • Ella Fitzgerald collection, 1956-1992

    Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996) was a popular and highly-respected American jazz and pop vocalist and recording artist. The Ella Fitzgerald Collection chiefly consists of musical arrangements made for her by more than fifty arrangers and orchestrators. Arrangers whose works are found in this collection include: Buddy Bregman, Benny Carter, Frank DeVol, Russ Garcia, Billy May, Marty Paich, Nelson Riddle, and Gerald Wilson. The arrangements consist ...

    • Contributor: Fitzgerald, Ella - Bregman, Buddy - Bulling, Erich - Carson, Tee - Carter, Benny - Devol, Frank - Doggett, Bill - Ellington, Duke - Feller, Sid - Garcia, Russell - Holman, Bill - Hughart, Jim - May, Billy - Paich, Marty - Riddle, Nelson - Weston, Paul - Wilson, Gerald
    • Original Format: Notated Music
  • Music from the Bob Hope collection, 1932-1997

    In a career that spanned nearly seventy years, American comedian and entertainer Bob Hope performed in theater, radio, film, and television, and in numerous public appearances, including his tours in support of the U.S. armed forces. Music from the Bob Hope Collection contains manuscript scores, instrumental parts, and lyrics for nearly 500 works used in Hope's films, television programs and personal appearances. These materials ...

    • Contributor: Hope, Bob - Alberti, Bob (Pianist) - Comstock, Frank - Harmon, Manny - Hill, J. (James L.) - Myers, Pete - Perito, Nick - Rogers, Shorty - Wolpe, Dave
    • Original Format: Notated Music
  • Catalog Record

    Music for the nation : American sheet music. Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available

    Popular songs, operatic arias, piano music, sacred and secular choral music, solo instrumental music, method books and instructional materials, and music for band and orchestra; documents the attitudes and tastes of a bygone era with music of many varieties and sources, all of it published in the United States. Also available through the Library of Congress Web site as facsimile page images. Also available ...

    • Original Format: Notated Music
    • Date: 1820