With equal emphasis on recordings of live performances and documentaries, this collection spans both time and space to cover a wide variety of music and dance from around the world and throughout history. Opera, jazz, and classical. Ballet, modern, and step dancing.
Bold in conception, popular in format, gripping in its presentation, Eras of Music History makes the soundtrack to European history come alive. Easily comprehensible for young viewers, classical newcomers, and experts alike, the series makes music palpable: sounds you can touch and feel. Graphic novels, historical scenes, jam sessions and commentaries by classical stars, footnotes from political figures, philosophers and cultural scholars are woven together with video and audio documents of the history of great performances.
Current material available in the Digital Archives includes:
3,000+ scores marked by Leonard Bernstein, Andre Kostelanetz, and others
36,000+ music parts marked by Philharmonic musicians
14,000+ printed programs
9,000+ business and planning folders
50,000+ photographs and images
The Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound of The New York Public Library is one of the richest resources of recorded sound in the world. The Archives' extraordinary holdings cover virtually every aspect of recorded sound—from Mozart to Maria Callas to Motown, from symphonic works to presidential speeches, from radio dramas to television specials.
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian Institution, the national museum of the United States. They are dedicated to supporting cultural diversity and increased understanding among peoples through the documentation, preservation, and dissemination of sound.