November 25, 2017

Today in History: California Folk Music Project


Qanun solo: performed by Bedros Haroutunian
Today in History–June 15–the Library of Congress features the California Folk Music Project. Visit the Today in History section to grab hold of some fun trivia and learn about the misnice and the qanun—now there’s a great SCRABBLE® word. Then follow the links below to access more primary source collections related to recorded music and the state of California.

Glossary of musical instruments recorded, photographed, or sketched for the California Folk Music Project

National Jukebox

Band Music from the Civil War Era

Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals

Fiddle Tunes of the Old Frontier

Florida Folklife songs from the WPA Collections

Hispano Music and Culture of the Northern Rio Grande

Omaha Indian Music

Songs from the John & Ruby Lomax collection

More music primary source collections

State Spotlight: California

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