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Latin American Composers: A Guide to Resources at the Library of Congress

This guide introduces performers, conductors, and researchers to resources in the Music Division of the Library of Congress to help them discover concert music by Latin American composers.


The Library of Congress Music Division is a rich collection of musical creativity for composers around the world. Latin American composers, songwriters, and arrangers comprise a rich part of these music collections. This research guide features resources and search methods to find concert music in the Library of Congress Music Division by composers from Latin America: countries in North America, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America. Online resources, such as videos and digitized musical scores, are also highlighted in this guide.

The Music Division's scores, books, special collections, and rare materials are served in the Performing Arts Reading Room.

Did You Know...?

In addition to published musical scores, the Music Division holds a vast amount of unique items like music manuscripts and letters by Latin American composers from the 18th century to the present.

For instance, did you know that the Music Division holds...

So much more is yours to discover!

About the Performing Arts Reading Room

The Performing Arts Reading Room is the access point for the collections in the custody of the Music Division at the Library of Congress. Numbering approximately 20.5 million items and spanning more than 1000 years of Western music history and practice, these holdings include the classified music and book collections, music and literary manuscripts, iconography, microforms, periodicals, musical instruments, published and unpublished copyright deposits, and close to 500 special collections in music, theater, and dance.