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  • Moldenhauer Archives - presents 130 music manuscripts, letters, and materials from a 3,500-item collection documenting the history of Western music from the medieval period through the modern era; essays by musicologists discuss items from Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Handel, Liszt, Mozart, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, and other composers. (LC)
  • NPR Music - concentrating on performers and genres covered by NPR - interviews, studio sessions, concerts, profiles, news, and reviews



American Music Traditions

  • Omaha Indian Music offers a sampling of traditional Omaha Indian music; sound recordings include wax cylinder recordings made in the 1890s, as well as songs and spoken-word segments from the 1983 Omaha harvest celebration pow-wow, segments from an interview with an Omaha elder in 1983, songs and speeches from a performance by members of the Hethu'shka Society in 1985, and portions of an interview with an Omaha musician in 1999. Photos, fieldnotes, and more from the 1983 pow-wow are included. (Library of Congress)
  • 'River of Song' - traces American music along the Mississippi River from Minnesota to Delacroix Island. Learn about blues, cajun & zydeco, country & bluegrass, gospel, folk, hip hop, jazz, rock, & rhythm & blues. Explore ethnic & traditional music: Ojibwe powow drumming, Scandinavian fiddling, African-American ensemble music, German polka, & Mexican dance music.
  • Song of America - commemorates the history of song composition in America; highlighting 10 composers, including Charles Ives, Stephen Foster, and Francis Hopkinson. (Library of Congress)


Star-Spangled Banner -the story of the flag that inspired our national anthem; design of the U.S. flag, how Francis Scott Key's song changed how Americans viewed the flag, and the flag code (National Museum of American History)


*Broadway: The American Musical companion website for a film chronicling the evolution of the Broadway musical (1904-2004). Discover the historical, musical, & cultural influences of the Broadway musical. Learn

about 100 performers, choreographers, writers, & designers, 15 of the most influential & popular musicals. (NEH)


Great Conversations in Music - video interviews with distinguished musicians and composers including conversations with Mstislav Rostropovich, Yo-Yo Ma, Milton Babbitt, and others. Topics include piano performance technique, modern contemporary music, the essence of the string quartet, the influence of master teachers, and lessons from the great virtuosos of the past.



  • NEA Jazz in the Schools - traces the history of jazz from its birth in New Orleans to the swing era, bebop, and new frontiers; 5 lessons include essays, videos, photos, and nearly 100 music clips of Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, Louie Armstrong, Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Miles Davis, Charlie Mingus, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, and others. Lessons include social and political context and are designed for history classes as well as music.
  • Jazz in America: National Jazz Curriculum - lessons for teaching about jazz in American history; learn about the evolution of jazz, different jazz styles, improvisation, basic musical elements, & how jazz influenced (and was influenced by) American culture.
  • Guide to Harlem Renaissance Materials - music, art, and writing from Harlem during the 1920s and 1930s: Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, Robert Blackburn, and others. See photos of jazz greats and other creative Americans. (Library of Congress)
  • Ragtime - presents sheet music, essays, video and sound clips related to this distinctly American music that appeared during the 1890s mainly in the South and Midwest; Scott Joplin is highlighted. (Library of Congress)
  • William P. Gottlieb: Photographs from the Golden Age of Jazz - includes 2,000 digital images, from 1938 to 1948, the "Golden Age of Jazz



  • Gerry Mulligan Collection - audio excerpts, scores, photos, & information about the jazz composer & band leader who elevated the baritone sax to the status of a solo instrument and, with his piano-less quartet, helped establish the "West Coast jazz" sound. The autobiography section includes Mulligan's recollections of playing with Charlie Parker & the months he spent with Miles Davis & others at Gil Evans' apartment leading up to the 'Birth of the Cool' album.



  • Josephine Baker: Image and Icon - "In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Baker¬ís birth in 1906, the exhibition explores the development of her image, first as an exotic phenomenon in a mid-1920s Paris that was infatuated with African-American culture, then as a glamorous cabaret star and finally as a Civil Rights advocate." This slideshow features images of Baker accompanied by audio of the "Jubilee Stomp" by Duke Ellington. {National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution}


  • March King: John Philip Sousa - printed music, manuscripts, historical recordings of the Sousa Band, programs and press clippings, and photos (Library of Congress)




  • Playlists - of radio stations throughout the U.S. to identify what song was playing at a specific time during the past 24 hours; search by radio call letters or ZIP code; also includes lists of the current top 10 and 100 songs for stations.


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