Performing Arts Encyclopedia
Explore music, theater, and dance at the Library of Congress
|| Upcoming Concerts & Events ||
- Dec. 18 - Borromeo String Quartet
- Jan. 8 - FILM: "The Big TNT Show
- Jan. 15 - FILM: "Blues for Lovers"
- Jan. 16 - Alban Gerhardt, cello and Anne-Marie McDermott, piano
|| Civil War Music & Resources ||
As part of the Library's commemoration of the American Civil War, learn more about the events surrounding the war through the songs and instrumental music of the era.
|| Yiddish American Sheet Music ||
A collection of popular song, mostly originating in the Yiddish theatre, but also arrangements of folk songs, sacred songs and some instrumental numbers.
|| Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine ||
A wide variety of materials, including manuscripts, scores, scripts, photographs, sound recordings and video clips from the Kaye/Fine Collection.
|| Tap Dance in America ||
This database is a resource of tap dance performances with biographies of seminal twentieth-century tap dancers.
|| Show Music on Record ||
Based on the book by Jack Raymond, this database provides a reference list for show music recordings from the late 19th century to the early 21st century.
|| Ballets Russes Collection ||
Experience the historically influential Ballets Russes de Serge Diaghilev through photos, scrapbooks & programs, music scores, costume designs, and more.
|| Bronislava Nijinska Collection ||
Documenting dance and the arts in the 20th century, this collection includes diaries, music scores, choreographic notebooks, posters, programs, and more.
|| Kaye / Fine Exhibition ||
This exhibition explores the many talents of the powerful entertainment duo of Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine, both raised in Brooklyn, New York.
|| Performing Arts Resource Guide ||
Search and browse descriptions of more than 235 music, theater and dance resources by subject, title, or name. Go to the resource guide »
Note: to search for digital items, use the search box on the left side of this page.
|| Special Presentations ||
- African-American Band Music
- Amazing Grace
- American Choral Music
- Ballets Russes de Serge Diaghilev
- Baseball Sheet Music
- Bronislava Nijinska Collection
- Civil War Sheet Music
- Coptic Orthodox Liturgical Chant
- Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine
- Dolly Parton & Country Music
- Elliott Carter Manuscripts
- Ernest Bloch and the Library
- Felix Mendelssohn
- Franz Liszt at the Library
- Gerry Mulligan Collection
- Great Conversations in Music
- Guarneri "Twin" Violins
- Historic Sheet Music, 1800-1922
- Its Showtime! Sheet Music from Stage and Screen
- Jazz Photos by William P. Gottlieb
- Katherine Dunham Collection
- Library of Congress Publications
- Library of Congress Concerts
- Life in 19th-Century Ohio
- The March King: John Philip Sousa
- Martha Graham Collection
- Musical Instruments at the Library
- Musical Iconography (Dayton Miller)
- Music Treasures Consortium
- Patriotic Melodies
- Pre-1700 Musical Treasures
- Presidential Campaign Songs
- Roger Reynolds Collection
- Samuel Barber and the Library
- Tap Dance in America
- The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America
- Transit of Venus March
- Yiddish American Sheet Music
|| Databases & Online Catalogs ||
"Amazing Grace" Collection
search a database of recordings
- It's Showtime! Sheet Music from Stage and Screen
search a catalog of sheet music
on the Screen
search a filmography created by David Meeker
- Show Music on Record
search a database based on the book by Jack Raymond
- Silent Feature Film Database
search a comprehensive survey of the survival of American silent feature films, 1912-1929
- Tap Dance in America
a Twentieth-Century Chronology of Tap Performance on Stage, Film, and Media by Constance Valis Hill
Music & Spoken Word
search catalog from the American Folklife Center
Last Updated: 12/17/2015