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Collection The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

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  • Book

    Adams and liberty

    "Adams and liberty" is written to the tune of the Anacreontic song, and this is believed to be the first American book publication of the music of that song. Published in "The American musical miscellany," pages 211-218. Author was christened Thomas Paine, and changed his name after the piece was published.

    • Contributor: A. Wright, for D. Wright and Company - [smith, John Stafford?] - [paine Jr., Robert Treat]
    • Date: 1798

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  • Notated Music

    The presidents march: a new federal song

    sheet music | 2 p. | Also contains a version of Yankee Doodle. Sheet Music (Form).

    • Contributor: G. Willig
    • Date: 1798

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  • Notated Music

    Yankee doodle

    sheet music | Music associated with the Union side Sheet Music (Form).

    • Contributor: S. T. Gordon - Gordon, S. T.
    • Date: 1861

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  • Collection

    The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

    See and Hear American History Through Song "Know the songs of a country and you will know its history for the true feeling of a people speaks through what they sing." – Preface to The Songs of Henry Clay Work (1884) Listen to the changes in the "Star Spangled Banner" as played by different bands in different eras. Look at the ways in ...

    • Date: 1581

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  • Article

    Articles About Songs - The Library of Congress Celebrates the...

    Original essays and articles are available on this site to help provide historical context and a deeper view for those who wish to learn more about particular topics. The Library's curators have written articles on historical topics and song, musical styles, individual songs, and songs of various ethnic groups in America.

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    Biographies - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of...

    Short biographies are available for some of the many composers, lyricists, performers, conductors, field collectors, and folklorists who have played a part in the history of American songs.

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    Curator Talks - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs ...

    The curators of the collections at the Library of Congress give more information about the history of song in the United States in these brief "Curator Talk" videos with the help of illustrations and audio clips.

  • Article

    Historical Topics - The Library of Congress Celebrates the So...

    The history of America is reflected through its songs. Read more about how immigration and migration; work and industry; social change; war and conflict; politics and political campaigns; and sports and leisure in the United States have been portrayed in song. Listen to examples for all.

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    Illustrated Sound Recordings - The Library of Congress Celebr...

    Performances of song and concerts from the Library of Congress are available on this site as well as interviews with performers and composers.

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    Interactive Maps - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Son...

    See the connection between America's geography and song through interactive maps that offer songs from the states and about the states.

  • Article

    Popular Songs of the Day - The Library of Congress Celebrates...

    "Popular songs" can be broadly defined as songs that are at least intended to reach a broad audience via some form of commercial distribution, such as broadsides, sheet music, song collections, touring musicians or musical production and from the 1890s on, commercial recordings. Being made to travel, popular music is most likely to represent a broad range of influences, including ones from folk, church ...

  • Article

    Timeline - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of Am...

    Explore the relationship between cultural and historical events to American song on this timeline.

  • Film, Video

    My days have been so wondrous free

    videorecording | From Favorites from the Song of America Tour with Thomas Hampson, baritone, and Wolfram Rieger, piano. Recorded in the Coolidge Auditorium, Washington, DC, October 28, 2010. (Source). Videorecording (Form).

    • Contributor: Hopkinson, Francis - Parnell, Thomas - Hampson, Thomas - Rieger, Wolfram
    • Date: 1775