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The Music Division of the Library of Congress is pleased to announce
the launch of a new public Web site, I Hear America Singing (IHAS)
<http://www.loc.gov/ihas/>, a portal to the music and performing
arts collections of the Library of Congress.
As a portal, it integrates the collections, commissions and live
concerts of the Library of Congress, allowing users to discover
through one gateway the music and performing arts collections
of the Library. In addition to integrating digitized items from
LC's collections such as sheet music, sound recordings, moving
images, manuscripts, photographs, oral histories, and essays
written by Library staff, as well as top researchers in the field,
the site will showcase the importance of concerts at LC by
featuring cybercasts of new concerts and offering a wide
selection of earlier concerts from the Music Division's archives,
including premieres of important works of contemporary
Education will be a vital component of the site as symposia and
panels held at LC relating to the performing arts will be cybercast
and made available to users. The site will also become a
"virtual community" for scholars, musicians, and music aficionados.
Researchers and scholars will be able to comment online on the
materials presented and share their own research and commentary.
Content appealing to the K-12 community of teachers and students
will be added in future releases.
Look for the following special features in this first release:
*Selections from jazz legend Gerry Mulligan's collection at LC,
including his previously unreleased oral autobiography, original
scores and manuscripts, and recordings;
*"Life in Nineteenth-Century Ohio," which shows how the music of
that period reflected what was going on socially in Ohio at the time;
*"Patriotic Melodies," which features the stories behind of some of
the United States' most important national songs;
*Walt Whitman's poem with the phrase, "I hear America singing,"
an interpretive essay, and a reading of the poem by Poet Laureate,
* and a collection of historical sheet music published from 1800
Future additions to the site will include concerts performed at the
Library of Congress, including specially commissioned pieces and
cybercasts, Civil War sheet music, and African-American popular
music from the early twentieth century.
Please direct questions and comments to the Ask A Librarian
service offered by the Performing Arts Reading Room at the
Library of Congress: