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The Musical Mainstream

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 9:56am

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Opera and jazz lovers have a special niche at the National Library Service of the Library of Congress called the [http://blogs.loc.gov/nls-music-notes/2014/05/the-nls-music-section/|Music Section]. This section produces a bi-monthly publication, The Musical Mainstream, which lists the most recent classical scores available in Web-Braille/BARD, Audio and Large Print. Musical Mainstream and these scores can be ordered by calling 800-424-8567 or email to nlsm@loc.gov. The issues also contain articles about the world of music taken from several publications and includes the Metropolitan Opera Broadcast Schedule. With each opera title and broadcast date it provides a list of Braille (BRM) and audio (DBM) recordings from their rich collection of opera appreciation recordings. As I explored the online NLS Catalog for jazz composers, I found a recording of [w:Dave Brubeck] talking about how French composer [w:Darius Milhaud] used jazz for the first time in classical compositions (DBM 00133). Of local interest, I found a Piano Jazz session with [w:Marian McPartland] from March 19, 1987, as she talked and played with UM Professor Emeritus of Music Theory [w:James Dapogny], who told stories about and played tunes by [w:Jelly Roll Morton] (DBM 01254). These wonderful materials are also available at no charge to any Washtenaw Library for the Blind & Physically Disabled patron, through BARD, by calling 734-327-4224 or email wlbpd@aadl.org.

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