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All program notes written for the Library of Congress may be reprinted freely with the following credit: "Courtesy of the Library of Congress Music Division." Additional writings require permissions for use.

Publications

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Brown, Nicholas A. "Becoming a Blue-Collar Musical Diplomat: Billy Joel and Bridging the U.S.-Soviet Divide in 1987." In Popular Music Diplomacy: Transnational and Transdisciplinary Perspectives. Transcript Verlag/Columbia University Press, 2018. 

Contributor, The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and the Arts

Timothy Beale, ed. (Oxford University Press, 2015) 
Library Recommendation Form

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Brown, Nicholas A, Review of Leading Tones: Reflections on Music, Musicians, and the Industry, by Leonard Slatkin, College Music Symposium, September 20, 2018 
https://doi.org/10.18177/sym.2018.58.sr.11395

 

Recording Liner Notes, Irving Fine: Complete Orchestral Works

BMOP Sound 1041 (2015)

 

Articles/Papers

HuffPost Blog: "Chef Nora Pouillon on Her 'Organic Life'"

(September 11, 2015)

Library of Congress "In the Muse" Blog

(June 12, 2015)

HuffPost Blog: "When Music Restores Faith in Humanity"

(May 29, 2015)

Library of Congress "In the Muse" Blog

(March 26, 2015)

HuffPost Blog: "SXSW Music Takeaway: Reinvent or Become Irrelevant"

(March 24, 2015)

Library of Congress Magazine "Expert's Corner"

Library of Congress Magazine, p. 12 (September/October 2014)

HuffPost Blog: "The Model of a Modern Music Entrepreneur: Irving Fine"

(March 3, 2015)

Beethoven's Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21: Historical, Theoretical, and Performance Interpretations

Brandeis University, Honors Thesis (2010)

 

"That New American Salute": Leonard Bernstein's Examination of Tweentieth Century Social Identity in Songfest

King's College London, M.Mus Disseration (2011)

The Third Reich vs. An die Freiheit: Opposing Uses of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in 20th Century German Society

King's College London, M.Mus Paper (2011)

James MacMillan's St. John Passion: Assessing the Value of a Modern Passion Setting

King's College London, M.Mus Paper (2011)

Selected Program Notes

REICHA | Quintet in E-flat major, op. 88, no. 2

MOZART/WINDSYNC | Adagio from the Serenade in B-flat major, K. 361

LANSKY | The Long and short of it

BARBER | Summer Music, op. 31

ADAM SCHOENBERG | Winter Music

MASLANKA | Chaconne from Quintet for Winds no. 2

Concerts from the Library of Congress 2015-2016

ROREM | “O Do Not Love Too Long”
SCHUMANN | Dichterliebe, op. 48
BRITTEN | Winter Words, op. 52
ROREM | Selected Walt Whitman settings
BOWLES | Blue Mountain Ballads

Concerts from the Library of Congress 2015-2016

BORODIN | String Quartet no. 2 in D major
STRAVINSKY | Three Pieces for String Quartet
WAGNER | Albumblatt für Cosima Wagner
DEBUSSY | Premier quatuor in G minor, op. 10

Concerts from the Library of Congress 2014-2015

PROKOFIEV | Classical Symphony, op. 25
HIGDON | Viola Concerto (World Premiere)
SPANO | Hölderlin Songs (World Premiere, Orchestral Version)
MOZART | Symphony no. 41 in C major, KV 551 (“Jupiter”)

Concerts from the Library of Congress 2014-2015

FINE | String Quartet; Partita for Wind Quintet; Romanza for Wind QuintetThe Hour-GlassAlice in Wonderland Chorusses Set I, A Short Alleluia

BERNSTEIN | Chichester Psalms

BRITTEN | A Ceremony of Carols

SCHOENBERG | Friede auf Erden

Concerts from the Library of Congress 2014-2015

D. GABRIELLI | Ricercar no. 1 in G minor

BALTER | memória

FUJIKURA | Eternal Escape

DU YUN | San°

DEHAAN | Intelligence in the Human-Machine

Concerts from the Library of Congress 2014-2015

SCHUBERT | Winterreise, D.911

Concerts from the Library of Congress 2014-2015

HAYDN | String Quartet in E-flat major, op. 33, no.2 (“The Joke”)
ADAMS | Second Quartet (Washington, DC Premiere)
Dvořák | String Quartet in C major, op. 61

Concerts from the Library of Congress 2014-2015

MENDELSSOHN HENSEL | Piano trio no. 1 in D minor, op. 11

GRIME | Three Whistler Miniatures

BRAHMS | Piano Quartet no. 3 in C minor, op. 60

Concerts from the Library of Congress 2014-2015

OCKEGHEM | Mort, tu as navré de ton dart
FRANCK | Prélude, fugue et variation, op. 18
NANCARROW  | Selected Studies for player piano: Studies 2, 15 and 3C
STRAUSS | Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, op. 28
SHOSTAKOVICH | Selections from Preludes and Fugues, op. 87

Concerts from the Library of Congress 2014-2015

Program Notes for 
Elias String Quartet

HAYDN | String Quartet in F major, op. 77, no. 2, Hob. III: 82 (1799)
KURTÁGOfficium breve in memoriam Andreæ Szervánsky, op. 28
(1988-1989)
BEETHOVEN | String Quartet in E minor, op. 59, no. 2 (“Razumovsky”) (1806)

Concerts from the Library of Congress 2013-2014

BACH | Brandenburg Concertos

Concerts from the Library of Congress 2013-2014

MOZART | “Ch’io mi scordi di te?” (recitative and rondo for soprano), K. 505

BRAHMS | "Ständchen," from Fünf Lieder, op. 106, no. 1
"Botschaft," from Fünf Lieder, op. 47, no. 1
"Von ewiger Liebe," from Vier Gesänge, op. 43, no. 1
"Vergebliches Ständchen," from Romanzen und Lieder, op. 84, no. 4

WAGNER | Wesendonck Lieder, WWV 91

Concerts from the Library of Congress 2013-2014

DVORAK | Miniatures, op. 75a, for two violins and viola

SCHOENBERG | Verklaerte Nacht, op. 4

BRAHMS | Sextet in B-flat major, op. 18

RAVEL | Sonata for violin and piano, op. posth. 

BRAHMS | Violin sonata no. 1 in G major, op. 78

MUHLYCompare Notes (World Premiere)

MENDELSSOHN | Sonata in F major for violin and piano, MWV Q26

Concerts from the Library of Congress 2012-2013

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WALKER | Bleu for solo violin (world premiere)

WALKER | String Quartet no. 1

KOSTON | Duo in Two Parts

WALKER | Poem for sprano and chamber ensemble, based on T.S. Eliot's "The Hollow Men"
BRAHMS | Quintet no. 2 in G major, op. 111

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