Network Bulletin No. 00-56
Date: September 29, 2000
Subject: Music services
Index term: Instructional music cassettes
The following list describes several instructional music
cassettes available to patrons from the NLS Music Section.
The descriptions themselves are suitable for inclusion in
network library newsletters and, of course, may be used for
reader advisor reference. Libraries can feel free to
publicize and recommend these materials; the Music Section
has an adequate supply of copies to meet any anticipated
The lectures by Robert Greenberg, San Francisco Conservatory
of Music, present substantial music appreciation content in
a nontechnical and accessible manner. They have elicited
many enthusiastic comments from music readers who have
already borrowed them. These cassettes were purchased from
the Teaching Company.
The electronic keyboard course can be used by students who
have never played an instrument before as well as by
musicians who may already own a keyboard and want to know
more about using the instrument's special features. It was
developed especially for the NLS program.
Readers can order these cassettes by calling 800-424-8567
and leaving a message for the Music Section with their name,
address, and telephone number and the CBM numbers that they
would like to borrow. Alternatively, they may send the same
information by e-mail to <[log in to unmask]> or by regular mail
to the Music Section, National Library Service for the Blind
and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress, Washington,
__Bach and the High Baroque, Parts 1-4. Order numbers CBM
Greenberg examines J.S. Bach's life and music, including the
musical and social influences that shaped Bach's musical
style. Major works discussed in some detail include the
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2; Cantata No. 140, Wachet auf, uns
ruft die Stimme; the Coffee Cantata; the Saint Matthew
Passion; and the Goldberg Variations.
__Concert Masterworks, Parts 1-4. Order numbers CBM 1538-1541__
These lectures analyze several concert repertoire staples in
terms of their key, chord structure, and thematic
development. They are designed to enhance a listener's
understanding and enjoyment of pieces such as the following:
Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 5; Dvo k, New World Symphony;
Brahms, Violin Concerto in D Major, opus 77; and
Mendelssohn, Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream.
__How to Listen to and Understand Opera, Parts 1-4. Order
numbers CBM 1608-1611__
These cassettes are a nontechnical overview of the history
and development of opera, and they include explanations of
styles such as opera seria, opera buffa, and bel canto.
Professor Greenberg pays particular attention to
Monteverdi's Orfeo, Mozart's Idomeneo and Marriage of
Figaro, Rossini's Barber of Seville, Verdi's Otello,
Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, Richard Strauss's Salome, and
__How to Understand and Listen to Great Music, Parts 1-6.
Order numbers CBM 1532-1537__
This series is a basic music appreciation course covering
the history of music beginning with the ancient world and
ending with the early twentieth century. The music is
placed in its cultural and political context, and musical
forms and genres are explained.
__The Symphonies of Beethoven, Parts 1-4. Order numbers CBM
Greenberg talks about this enduring and influential musical
legacy of nine symphonies created by a man who "lived a
troubled, turbulent life in troubled, turbulent times."
Each symphony is considered in some detail.
__Electronic Keyboard Course__
__Electronic Keyboard Course. Order number CBM 1408__
This course, in eight cassettes, was developed especially
for the NLS music program. It can be used with any keyboard
make and model, by students of any age, and by persons who
may not have played a keyboard instrument before. While
learning the basic elements of music, students enjoy the fun
and excitement of playing such favorites as Music, Music,
Music; Jingle Bells; Beautiful Brown Eyes; and Marianne,
complete with rhythm backgrounds, intros and endings, and
the sounds and styles of a variety of instruments and band
accompaniments, including rock, country, and dixieland.
Carol Klose designed the NLS course, which is based on her
Keyboard Dynamics print book series published by the Hal
Leonard Publishing Corporation. Ms. Klose, formerly
keyboard publications educational editor at Hal Leonard, is
currently a freelance music editor and arranger, composer,
and piano and electronic keyboard teacher in the Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, metropolitan area.
For more information contact: