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The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America | Library of Congress

Overview

See and Hear American History Through Song

“Know the songs of a country and you will know its history for the true feeling of a people speaks through what they sing.” – Preface to The Songs of Henry Clay Work 1884

Listen to the changes in the “Star Spangled Banner” as played by different bands in different eras. Look at the ways in which sheet music cover art documents historical themes. Read essays discussing the histories of musical styles. Watch videos pairing sound recording with period illustrations. All this and more awaits you as the Library of Congress celebrates The Songs of America.

The Songs of America presentation allows you to explore American history as documented in the work of some of our country’s greatest composers, poets, scholars, and performers. From popular and traditional songs, to poetic art songs and sacred music, the relationship of song to historical events from the nation’s founding to the present is highlighted through more than 80,000 online items. The user can listen to digitized recordings, watch performances of artists interpreting and commenting on American song, and view sheet music, manuscripts, and historic copyright submissions online. The site also includes biographies, essays and curated content, interactive maps, a timeline and teaching resources offering context and expert analysis to the source material.

via The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America | Library of Congress.

ICDL – International Children’s Digital Library

This is a great resource which enables you to view books on-line. I used the Keyword “music” and a total of 31 books were found. Open an account, it’s free.

via ICDL – International Children’s Digital Library.

Our Mission:The ICDL Foundation promotes tolerance and respect for diverse cultures by providing access to the best of children’s literature from around the world.

 

American Folksongs: From Children’s Stories at Americanfolklore.net

American Folksongs

Come sing some of the most famous American Folk Songs in history, plus a few new ones for you to enjoy that have been passed down in my family for generations. Great for starry nights around the campfire. Lyrics are provided so you can sing along!

http://americanfolklore.net/folklore/2010/10/american_folksongs.html