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Mon, 11 Feb 2019 12:00:48 +0000
In The Muse: Performing Arts Blog
"Where words fail, music speaks." Hans Christian Andersen [ + ]
Fri, 01 Feb 2019 19:16:26 +0000
Music for Lincoln’s 210th Birthday
On February 12, 2019, our nation observes the 210th birthday of Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States. Let’s see the variety of ways President Lincoln appears in the Music Division’s collections! [ + ]
Thu, 31 Jan 2019 15:34:26 +0000
Remembering Lil Hardin Armstrong
Sunday February 3 gives us the opportunity to remember one of the first important songwriters in jazz, Lillian Hardin Armstrong. She was born on that day in 1898 in Memphis and may be best known as Louis Armstrong’s second wife and writer of some of his enduring classics, such as “Struttin’ with Some Barbecue,” which […] [ + ]
Tue, 29 Jan 2019 15:22:40 +0000
Film Music from 1923 and the Public Domain
Multiple news articles have heralded the many works and publications that entered the public domain on January 1st of 2019. Pieces of music, novels, and films alike have become available within the United States without copyright permissions. With the changes in copyright status, I wondered exactly how much of the Music Division’s substantial collection of […] [ + ]
Fri, 25 Jan 2019 18:19:50 +0000
Rudolph and Joseph Schildkraut: Austrian-American Stars of Stage and Screen
The following is a guest post from music archivist Anita M. Weber. At a recent production of Paula Vogel’s Indecent, the sight of renowned Austrian-American actor Rudolph Schildkraut depicted on stage reminded me of the four remarkable scrapbooks in the Music Division that document the careers of Rudolph (1862-1930) and his son, fellow actor Joseph […] [ + ]
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 19:20:00 +0000
Seasons of Love: Do the Math
Fans of composer Jonathan Larson and his revolutionary show, Rent (aka, Rentheads), are eagerly anticipating Fox’s live broadcast of the musical this Sunday night. The Library of Congress is home to the Jonathan Larson Papers, a rich collection of papers and recordings that reveal Larson’s creative process behind Rent as well as other projects and […] [ + ]
Thu, 10 Jan 2019 15:05:45 +0000
An Expanded Federal Theatre Project Website Guarantees Hours of Entertainment
Who was this caped costume designed for? The answer may surprise you! The Music Division has greatly expanded the amount of materials available online from theFederal Theatre Project Collection. A selection from this popular collection was first put online over 20 years ago, and thisupdated version contains more than 6,500 digital items, including costume designs, […] [ + ]
Wed, 09 Jan 2019 16:10:41 +0000
Happy 95th Birthday to Max Roach
Today marks the 95th birthday of jazz drummer, bandleader and educator Max Roach (1924-2007). His papers are among the most heavily researched jazz archival collections in the Music Division revealing much about jazz and the intersection of modernism and the development of Black political consciousness in 20th-century music. And though the collection includes a draft […] [ + ]
Sat, 29 Dec 2018 14:40:29 +0000
It’s Showtime, Folks! FRAUDWAY Dazzles the Pickford Theater in January
On Thursdays this month the Music Division hostsFraudway in the Mary Pickford Theater. Inspired by the outrageous production numbers in such ‘80s films as The Fan and Staying Alive (which screens Jan. 24), the series celebrates the often bizarre and always dazzling cinematic spectacles that imagine a Great White Way that can only exist on […] [ + ]
Fri, 21 Dec 2018 14:00:49 +0000
Auld Lang Syne: Sharing a “Cup of Kindness” with Old Friends
The following is a guest post from Music Reference Specialist James Wintle. There is many an old familiar song running through the collective memory of the Western world that will occasionally cause one to sit back with a puzzled look and wonder: “Do I actually understand what I’m saying right now?” Foremost among these is […] [ + ]

Seasons’ Greetings from the Grinch
Every year when December arrives, I find the urge to re-watch the classic animated film, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Its themes centered in kindness and giving have always resonated with me most each holiday season. Originally written by Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel and published in 1957, the 1966 special features a narration by Boris […] [ + ] USA
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