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Blog Posts by Subject: Music

Making Records in Scranton, Pennsylvania, circa 1940

Newly available at the NYPL Music Division: The Otto Hess Photographs, a collection that includes images rare images of the record manufacturing process, as shown at the Varsity Records factory. Read More ›

Travel Around the World in 80 Checkouts

A World Languages librarian shares her favorite books, movies, and music from the Library's multilingual collections. Read More ›

Happy Lunar New Year: Books and Events to Honor the Year of the Dog | 新年快樂 | 새해 복 많이 받으세요 | Chúc Mừng Năm Mới

Begin celebrating The Year of the Dog with a selection of books, recordings, and Library events to suit all ages. Read More ›

Toscanini: Preserving a Legacy in Sound

With materials from New York Public Library archival collections, a new exhibition celebrates the life of one the most important figures in classical music and increases awareness about the importance of sound archives and preservation.Read More ›

Cubicle Vacations: New Music, Vol 7

Check out some of the most exciting, newly purchased music for your listening pleasure. Read More ›

Isadora Duncan and Her Collaborators

Guest post by New York Public Library Short-Term Fellow Chantal Frankenbach, California State University, Sacramento

The American modern dancer Isadora Duncan (1877–1927) was one of the most acclaimed and influential artists of her time. Notorious for her romantic involvements with the likes of British theater critic Gordon Craig, German biologist Ernst Haeckel, and millionaire Paris Singer, Duncan also attracted artists and intellectuals as collaborators in her work as a dancer. These collaborations have a great deal to tell us of her wide-ranging ideas about the 

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Schomburg Center Research Guide: Dr. Maya Angelou

In honor of National Poetry Month, and what would have been her 89th birthday, we celebrate the life and work of, Dr. Maya Angelou, with this Research Guide. Here, you will find an overview of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s holdings related to the work and life of this notable poet, writer, journalist, actress, and dancer.Read More ›

The 50th Anniversary of 9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering and Experiments in Art and Technology, Incorporated (E.A.T.)

In celebration of its anniversary, a current case exhibit on the third floor of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts highlights materials related to 9 Evenings.Read More ›

Get Your Creative Juices Flowing at 53rd Street Library

Any good youth services librarian will tell you creativity is a huge part of the day-to-day routine.Read More ›

Your October Playlist : 8 Recommendations

In the weeks leading up to Halloween we watch scary movies and we read scary stories but are we listening to enough scary music? No, probably not! Here are some suggestions to get you in the spooky spirit.Read More ›

Music for Eating: Discographies Meet Recipes in the Rodgers & Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound

New Release catalogs are useful today for researchers looking to determine the year a particular recording was released, and for the range of musical genres covered by a certain record label. While going through a section of EMI catalogs and brochures, we came across an interesting promotion for a geographically-themed LP series. Read More ›

Music For Moderns at Town Hall, 1957

Anahid Ajemian and George Avakian put on an ambitious and eclectic concert series that blended the music and musicians of different worlds.Read More ›

The Florence Foster Jenkins Scrapbook

With the release of the latest film starring Meryl Streep, many people are discovering Florence Foster Jenkins. Long known to many of those involved with music, Jenkins is generally viewed as a society lady who was unable to realize the defective quality of her attempts at singing. Although her biography as outlined in the film is generally correct, I feel there is more to see in this woman than just a deluded society lady.Read More ›

President Obama's 2016 Summer Playlist

Get music from the official @POTUS playlist at the library.Read More ›

Podcast #122: Laurie Anderson on Melville, Opera, and Mystery

Laurie Anderson is one of the great pioneers of American art, combining and redefining various media, including film, music, spoken word, and performance art. Read More ›

George Avakian and Louis Armstrong

The working and personal friendship of George Avakian and Louis Armstrong.Read More ›

Live From the Reading Room: Ada "Bricktop" Smith to Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong

Today’s episode features a letter from jazz singer, dancer, and nightclub owner Ada Smith, jazz trumpeter, composer, singer, and "auto-archivist" Louis Armstrong.Read More ›

Celebrating Queer Voices in Black Music History

Housed in our vast collection of materials and resources on black LGBTQ identity, which includes the In The Life Archive, are the portrait collections of blues singers Gertrude Ma Rainey, Ethel Waters, and Bessie Smith in the Photographs and Prints Division.Read More ›

Anahid Ajemian: In Memoriam

The violinist Anahid Ajemian, who dedicated her artistic life to performing and fostering new music, died on June 13, 2016. Read More ›

Live From the Reading Room: Thomas Wright "Fats" Waller to Phil Ponce

Live from the Reading Room: Correspondence is a podcast series that aims to share interesting and engaging letters written by or to key historical figures from the African Diaspora. Read More ›
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