December 8, 2019

Today in History: Fiddler Henry Reed

Today in History–April 28–the Library of Congress features musician Henry Reed, born on this date in 1884 in West Virginia. Reed was a master fiddler as well as banjo and harmonica player who learned most of the tunes he played by ear and had hundreds of songs committed to memory. He never played professionally but became well known after Duke University graduate students Karen and Alan Jabbour began to tape his fiddling. Find out more about this master musician by visiting the Today in … [Read more...]

Today in History: Jenny Lind

Today in History–September 11–the Library of Congress features soprano Jenny Lind, who made her American debut in New York City on this date in 1850. The concert was the first of a 93-stop American tour for the 19th-century singing sensation who sang opera as well as popular songs. Learn more about the "Swedish nightingale" by visiting the Today in History section and clicking the links below. Jenny Lind image set Jenny Lind sheet music Jenny Lind's prize song (sheet music & song … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]