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Scholarly Publications

Journal Article:
"Public Libraries for Public Health..."

De Acosta, Diego, Brown, Nicholas, Zukowski, Rachel, et. al. "Public Libraries for Public Health: COVID-19 Response Efforts in Prince George's County Maryland" in American Journal of Public Health (March 9, 2023).  

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

Brown, Nicholas A, Review of Leading Tones: Reflections on Music, Musicians, and the Industry, by Leonard Slatkin, College Music Symposium, September 20, 2018


Recording Liner Notes, Irving Fine: Complete Orchestral Works

BMOP Sound 1041 (2015)


Library Journal

October 29, 2020

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


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
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

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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