Collection Items

  • Film, Video
    Presidential Inauguration Date Change For 144 years, the U.S. President was inaugurated in the spring. But after the election of 1933, Congress changed the date in the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, moving the date up to Jan. 20. Library of Congress historian Michelle Krowl explains why.
    • Contributor: Krowl, Michelle
    • Date: 2021-01-20
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    The Presidential Oath of Office Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden uses George Washington's autographed 1789 book that includes the Constitution to show the original wording of the incoming president's oath of office, and how Joe Biden will utter the same phrase 232 years later.
    • Contributor: Hayden, Carla D.
    • Date: 2021-01-20
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    Washington's First Inaugural Address, 1789 In 1789, the nation's first inauguration featured a surprise -- George Washington made a speech after taking the oath of office, although no one was expecting it. The inaugural address became an instant tradition. Julie Miller, the Library's early American historian, explains how Washington made history and precedent.
    • Contributor: Miller, Julie
    • Date: 2021-01-20
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    Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address, 1865 Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address in 1865 captured the nation's trauma over the Civil War and its hopes for the future. It is remembered by his immortal phrase, "with malice toward none, with charity for all." The Library's Civil War and Reconstruction historian Michelle Krowl explains how this speech came to be.
    • Contributor: Krowl, Michelle
    • Date: 2021-01-20
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    Presidential Pets: Rebecca the Raccoon Mississippi supporters of Calvin Coolidge sent him a live raccoon for Thanksgiving dinner in 1926. Instead, first lady Grace Coolidge named it Rebecca and made it a family pet. Rebecca ran loose in the White House and escaped several times. She was a hit with the press and young children. Library historian Margaret McAleer tells the story.
    • Contributor: McAleer, Margaret
    • Date: 2021-01-20
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    Presidential Pets Presidential pets have included horses, cats, cows, dogs, raccoons, birds and a goat. A short look at the (mostly) four-legged occupants of the White House.
    • Date: 2021-01-20
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    The Library of Congress Chorale: Sharing Winter With You For more than 40 years, the Library of Congress Chorale, one of the longest-standing employee choruses in the country, has performed for the education, enjoyment, and cultural enrichment of the Library, its members and its audiences. The Chorale includes representatives and retirees from throughout the Library. Songs for this concert include "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" (music Felix Mendelssohn, words Charles Wesley, arrangement Pink...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress Chorale
    • Date: 2020-12-18
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    The Stradivari Anniversary Concert at the Library of Congress: A Retrospective Kazem Abdullah of the Library's Music Division curates an overview and retrospective of the Library's annual Stradivari concert with archival radio recordings, photographs, programs, manuscripts, sketches and other related materials held by the Library of Congress. Program [0:05] Introduction by Kazem Abdullah December 14, 1937 Adolf Busch, violin and Rudolf Serkin, piano Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata in D major, Op. 12, No.1 [7:54] III....
    • Contributor: Abdullah, Kazem
    • Date: 2020-12-18
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    Stradivari Anniversary Concert: Dover String Quartet Catapulted to prominence after sweeping the 2013 Banff Competition, the young, spirited Dover Quartet has become a sought-after ensemble. Its "glorious timbral richness" (Sunday Times) helped earn the group two coveted distinctions in the chamber music world: the Cleveland Quartet Award and the Avery Fisher Career Grant. In this archival video performance from December 18, 2017, the Dover Quartet presented a thoughtful and riveting...
    • Contributor: Dover String Quartet
    • Date: 2020-12-18
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    The Limits of Party: Congress and Lawmaking in a Polarized Era Frances E. Lee and James M. Curry discuss their 2020 book, "The Limits of Party: Congress and Lawmaking in a Polarized Era," with the Library's John Haskell. Lee and Curry cover some of their most surprising findings, including the idea that Congress is less dysfunctional than typically thought, and that the passage bipartisan legislation is still commonplace. Tracking legislative proposals, they find that divided...
    • Contributor: Haskell, John - Curry, James M. - Lee, Frances E.
    • Date: 2020-12-17
  • 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
    Christopher Taylor, Piano It takes extraordinary skill as an orchestrator to condense an entire Beethoven symphony into a version for a solo instrument, but that is just what Franz Liszt accomplished in his piano transcriptions. Hear virtuoso pianist Christoper Taylor perform three of these transcendent symphony transcriptions, works he describes as a "new perspective on something familiar." Program: Beethoven/Liszt: Symphony no. 1 in C major, op. 21...
    • Contributor: Taylor, Christopher
    • Date: 2020-12-17
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    Great American Editors: Nan Talese in Conversation with Margaret Atwood Nan Talese talks with author Margaret Atwood as part of our "Great American Editors" segment in the "Behind the Book" series. These interviews focus on leading gatekeepers in publishing who bring great works to fruition -- from the germ of an idea to the production of a physical book. Talese is one of the unsung heroes of the publishing world who transform promising but...
    • Contributor: Talese, Nan - Atwood, Margaret
    • Date: 2020-12-17
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    Busy Bees Sing Cascabel The Library of Congress Little Scholars presents Busy Bess singing "Cascabel" for the Library's 2020 virtual holiday event.
    • Contributor: Busy Bees
    • Date: 2020-12-16
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    Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden Reads "Share Some Kindness, Bring Some Light" For a special 2020 Library of Congress holiday event, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, reads "Share Some Kindness, Bring Some Light" by Apryl Stott. ASL signing by Derrick Dodson.
    • Contributor: Hayden, Carla
    • Date: 2020-12-16
  • Film, Video
    Library of Congress Chorale Performances from Seasons Past A medley of Library of Congress Chorale performances from past years includes "Shalom Chaverim," "Silent Night," "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."
    • Contributor: Library of Congress Chorale
    • Date: 2020-12-16
  • Film, Video
    Holiday Message from Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden A holiday message from Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden.
    • Contributor: Hayden, Carla
    • Date: 2020-12-16
  • Film, Video
    Holiday Essays & Poems from the National Library Service for the Blind & Print Disabled Staff from the Library's National Library Service for the Blind & Print Disabled read holiday poems and essays, including "Christmas" by Washington Irving, "Now Winter Nights Enlarge" by Thomas Campion, "Spellbound" by Emily Bronte, "Helas!" by Oscar Wilde, "Winter Branches" by Margaret Widdemer, "Winter Fields" by John Clare, "Sonnet to Winter" by Emily Chubbuck Judson, "Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind" from "As You Like...
    • Contributor: Russotto, Michael - Dalusung, Ryan - Schraf, Kimberly - Ursula-Rachal, Dawn - Hemmingsen, Brian - Herring, Brit - Lawson, Celeste - Kenninger, Karen - Giannarelli, Laura - Young, Chuck - Kramer, Michael
    • Date: 2020-12-16
  • Film, Video
    Ran Dank and Soyeon Kate Lee, Pianos Relive a treasured 19th-century concert experience when this award-winning duo performs Liszt's storied transcription of Beethoven's Symphony no. 9 in D Minor, op. 125 for two pianos. About the Liszt transcriptions, musicologist Donald Tovey declared "they prove conclusively that Liszt was by far the most wonderful interpreter of orchestral scores on the pianoforte the world is ever likely to see." Also included is a...
    • Contributor: Dank, Ran - Lee, Soyeon Kate
    • Date: 2020-12-12
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    32@32: "Hammerklavier" Adam Golka introduces the "Hammerklavier" episode of his 32@32 series on performing each of the Beethoven sonatas. Pianist Richard Goode is his special guest for the presentation.
    • Contributor: Golka, Adam - Goode, Richard
    • Date: 2020-12-11
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    Manuscript Sketches of Beethoven's "Hammerklavier Sonata" The Library's Paul Allen Somerfield speaks about Beethoven's "Hammerklavier" Sonata, op. 106, and what the manuscript sketches held in the collections of the Libraryof Congress reveal about its creation.
    • Contributor: Sommerfeld, Paul Allen
    • Date: 2020-12-11
  • Film, Video
    Conversation with Ran Dank & Soyeon Kate Lee Ran Dank and Soyeon Kate Lee speak with the Library's Kazem Abdullah about their collaboration, the art of four-hand piano playing and their program juxtaposing two Liszt transcriptions.
    • Contributor: Dank, Ran - Lee, Soyeon Kate - Abdullah, Kazem
    • Date: 2020-12-11