Collection Items

  • Film, Video
    Conversation with Felix Fan & Tom Chiu, Flux Quartet Join us for a conversation with Flux Quartet members Tom Chiu and Felix Fan about their second virtual performance at the Library. The discussion centers on their program that premiered on June 11, 2021, which features music by Conlon Nancarrow, Elizabeth Ogonek, Pauline Oliveros, Muhal Richard Abrams and Giacinto Scelsi.
    • Contributor: Chiu, Tom - Plylar, David - Fan, Felix
    • Date: 2021-06-10
  • Film, Video
    Conversation with Dudok Quartet Amsterdam Members of the Dudok Quartet Amsterdam speak with the Library's David Plylar about their virtual performance at the Library of Congress. The discussion is focused on the music from the quartet's program, which includes works by Webern, Ligeti and Brahms.
    • Contributor: De Jong, Marie-Louise - Dudok Quartet Amsterdam - Wester, Marleen - Van Driel, Judith - Plylar, David - Faber, David
    • Date: 2021-03-26
  • Film, Video
    Conversation with Steven Osborne Pianist Steven Osborne speaks with the Library's David Plylar about Osborne's virtual concerts for the Library of Congress. The program discussed features works by Debussy and Rachmaninoff.
    • Contributor: Plylar, David - Osborne, Steven
    • Date: 2021-03-19
  • Film, Video
    Conversation with Christopher Taylor Pianist Christopher Taylor speaks with the Library's David Plylar about Liszt's transcriptions of Beethoven's symphonies for solo piano.
    • Contributor: Plylar, David - Taylor, Christopher
    • Date: 2020-12-17
  • Film, Video
    Beethoven's Instruments at the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn Julia Ronge, custodian of the collections at the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, speaks with Carol Lynn Ward Bamford, instrument curator in the Library of Congress Music Division, about the instruments Beethoven owned and used that are held at the Beethoven-Haus Bonn. Other topics include portraits of Beethoven, manuscripts and other treasures housed at the Beethoven-Haus and the Library of Congress.
    • Contributor: Ward Bamford, Carol Lynn - Ronge, Julia - Plylar, David - Beutin, Ricklef
    • Date: 2020-12-11
  • Film, Video
    Conversation with Adam Golka Pianist Adam Golka speaks with the Library's David Plylar about Beethoven and his op. 106 "Hammerklavier" sonata.
    • Contributor: Golka, Adam - Plylar, David
    • Date: 2020-12-11
  • Film, Video
    Conversation with the Verona Quartet Members of the Verona Quartet speak with the Library's Anne McLean and David Plylar about their experience preparing and performing Plylar's transcription of Beethoven's op. 106 "Hammerklavier" piano sonata for string quartet.
    • Contributor: Ong, Jonathan - Rojansky, Abigail - McLean, Anne - Ro, Dorothy - Plylar, David
    • Date: 2020-12-11
  • Film, Video
    Conversation with the Borromeo String Quartet Members of the Borromeo String Quartet speak with the Library's David Plylar about their participation in the (Re)Hearing Beethoven Festival at the Library of Congress. Topics include the use of primary sources, playing from the score and manuscript, Beethoven's markings and transcriptions of Beethoven's music for string quintet.
    • Contributor: Kitchen, Nicholas - Motobuchi, Mai - Plylar, David - Tong, Kristopher - Kim, Yeesun
    • Date: 2020-12-05
  • Film, Video
    Conversation with Igor Santos Composer Igor Santos discusses his new work, "confined. speak." with the Library's Claudia Morales and David Plylar. The work was commissioned by the McKim Fund in the Library of Congress and written for members of Ensemble Dal Niente, violinist Minhuan Xu and pianist Winston Choi.
    • Contributor: Morales, Claudia - Plylar, David - Santos, Igor
    • Date: 2020-11-13
  • Film, Video
    Dal Niente: Conversation with the Artists Members of Ensemble Dal Niente speak with Claudia Morales and David Plylar of the Library of Congress about their virtual performance for the Library. Composers whose music is discussed include Igor Santos, Nur Slim, Hilda Paredes, Tomas Gueglio, Luis Amaya and Tánia León.
    • Contributor: Henneman Shaw, Carrie - Melsky, Ben - Plylar, David - Lewanski, Michael - Morales, Claudia - Xu, Minghuan - Choi, Winston
    • Date: 2020-11-13
  • Film, Video
    A Band Called Death: Introduction to the Film Directors Mark Covino and Jeff Howlett introduce their documentary about the 1970s punk band Death, and the process of getting their work funded and produced.
    • Contributor: Howlett, Jeff - Plylar, David - Covino, Mark
    • Date: 2020-01-23
  • Film, Video
    An Introduction to the Music of Clara Schumann The Library's David Plylar discussed the music of Clara Schumann and the ways in which it intersects at times with the music of her husband, Robert. The music selected for discussion was largely from the concert performed on the same date by Anne-Marie McDermott and friends, and includes solo piano, vocal and chamber music.
    • Contributor: Plylar, David
    • Date: 2019-12-06
  • Film, Video
    Conversation with the Arod Quartet Members of the Parisian Arod Quartet join the Library's David Plylar in a discussion about their first full tour in the United States, their program selections and their experience playing instruments from the Library of Congress Stradivari collection.
    • Contributor: Vu, Alexandre - Victoria, Jordan - Rachid, Samy - Plylar, David - Parisot, Tanguy
    • Date: 2019-10-18
  • Film, Video
    Mozart, Shostakovich & Dvořák: Trios of Trial and Triumph David Plylar discusses the piano trios by Mozart, Shostakovich and Dvořák in a lecture given before a performance of the works by the Tetzlaff-Tetzlaff-Vogt Trio at the Library of Congress. Specific works discussed include Mozart's B-flat major piano trio, K.502, Shostakovich's second piano trio in E minor, op. 67, and Dvořák's third piano trio in F minor, op. 65.
    • Contributor: Plylar, David
    • Date: 2019-05-04
  • Film, Video
    Conversation with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Gil Kalish and Ian Rosenbaum of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center talk about their work with composer George Crumb before the performance of a new co-commissioned percussion quintet supported by the Irving and Verna Fine Fund.
    • Contributor: Kalish, Gil - Plylar, David - Rosenbaum, Ian
    • Date: 2019-04-18
  • Film, Video
    Ensemble Signal Conversation David Plylar spoke with Brad Lubman, conductor of Ensemble Signal, and Luca Francesconi, composer. Topics included the evening's program of works by Knussen ("Songs without Voices"), Schoenberg ("Pierrot lunaire") and Francesconi, whose "Trauma Etudes," a Library commission, was premiered by Ensemble Signal that evening.
    • Contributor: Lubman, Brad - Francesconi, Luca - Plylar, David
    • Date: 2019-03-15
  • Film, Video
    Jean Rondeau Conversation Harpsichordist Jean Rondeau talked to Anne McLean and David Plylar about his process creating a program, "recycling" old music and merging it with traditional works. Rondeau spoke about his love for music and his desire to investigate music of all kinds, providing a historic musical background on the harpsichord and discussing the influence of composers, including Bach and Scarlatti. Rondeau also addressed the differences...
    • Contributor: Rondeau, Jean - McLean, Anne - Plylar, David
    • Date: 2019-03-09
  • Film, Video
    "Diabellical" Plots in the Music of Beethoven, Haydn & Brahms David Plylar discusses "variations," as featured in the works performed by pianist Paul Lewis in his performance at the Library of Congress. Works discussed include Haydn's Sonata in E minor, H.XVI:34, Brahms' Intermezzi, op. 117 and Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, op. 120.
    • Contributor: Plylar, David
    • Date: 2019-03-08
  • Film, Video
    Acquired Tastes: Recent Keyboard Manuscript Acquisitions in the Library of Congress David Plylar spoke about recent keyboard manuscript acquisitions, including a Haydn Capriccio, Beethoven "Hammerklavier" sketches, a few "Songs without Words" by Mendelssohn, three works by Liszt ("Madrigal/Consolation no. 5," a version of "Liebestraume no. 2" and "Schlummerlied im Grabe/Elegie no. 1") and an Intermezzo by Brahms (op. 119/2).
    • Contributor: Plylar, David
    • Date: 2019-02-09
  • Film, Video
    Conversation with Jenny Lin, Matthew Mishory & Markus Pawlik Pianist Jenny Lin and filmmakers Matthew Mishory and Markus Pawlik speak with David Plylar of the Music Division about the life and music of Artur Schnabel.
    • Contributor: Mishory, Matthew - Plylar, David - Pawlik, Markus - Lin, Jenny
    • Date: 2018-11-30
  • Film, Video
    Quince & TAK Ensembles Conversation David Plylar spoke with members of the Quince and TAK Ensembles on the occasion of the annual Founder's Day concert tribute to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge. The program of works by Erin Gee, Gilda Lyons, Laura Steenberge, Kate Soper, David Lang, David Bird, Ashkan Behzadi, Liz Pearse, Eliza Brown, Michael Miller, Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, Taylor Brook and Federico Garcia-De Castro was discussed, as well as...
    • Contributor: Ensemble, Tak - Plylar, David - Ensemble, Quince
    • Date: 2018-10-30
  • Film, Video
    Les Talens Lyriques Conversation David Plylar spoke with Christophe Rousset, harpsichordist and director of Les Talens Lyrique. Rousset discussed Francois Couperin and his music on the occasion of the 350th anniversary of Couperin's birth.
    • Contributor: Rousset, Christophe - Plylar, David
    • Date: 2018-10-18
  • Film, Video
    Charles Griffes Rediscovered David Plylar discussed the Library's collection of holograph manuscripts by composer Charles Griffes. This includes a "rediscovered" transcription by Griffes of "Les parfums de la nuit" from the Iberia section of "Images" by Claude Debussy; Solungga Liu's performance at the Library of November 4, 2017, is believed to be the world premiere of this transcription. The sheet music for this transcription, prepared by Plylar,...
    • Contributor: Plylar, David
    • Date: 2017-11-04
  • Film, Video
    Conversation with Arditti Quartet & Eliot Fisk Guitarist Eliot Fisk, violinist Irvine Arditti and composer Hilda Paredes speak about the works being performed by Fisk and the Arditti Quartet. Works discussed include Berio's "Sequenza XI," Manoury's "Fragmenti," Paredes' "Son dementes cuerdas" and Lachenmann's third quartet, "Grido."
    • Contributor: Arditti, Irvine - Plylar, David - Paredes, Hilda - Fisk, Eliot
    • Date: 2017-03-24
  • Film, Video
    Rewriting Rachmaninoff: Transcriptions and Revisions in the Library's Collections David Plylar explores the Sergei Rachmaninoff collections focusing on the composer's acts of "rewriting." These includes samples of Rachmaninoff's sketches, editing marks, revisions, ossia passages, transcriptions of his own works and transcriptions of others. Also referenced are transcriptions of Rachmaninoff's works by Kreisler and Heifetz.
    • Contributor: Plylar, David
    • Date: 2017-02-14