This page highlights digital collections, online exhibits, recorded lectures, and published blog posts from the Library's collections focused on popular sheet music for voice and piano.
The Music Division has curated many significant digital collections of sheet music for voice and piano.
Explore past exhibitions online dating back to the 1990s that feature popular sheet music for voice and piano.
Music Division staff have both presented and facilitated lectures on popular sheet music for voice and piano, be it in musicals, vaudeville, Tin Pan Alley, or the 19th century. These lectures have been shared and made available on the Library's website as part of the Event Videos Collection. Some of these lectures are linked below.
This first of a two-part lecture sequence by Ben West, creator of the new documentary musical series "The Show Time! Trilogy," offers an exciting account of the American musical's early female authors, from vaudeville headliner Nora Bayes to legendary hostess Elsa Maxwell. In the first three decades of the 20th century, amidst the climax of the women's suffrage movement and the aural revolutions of ragtime and jazz, these often-overlooked females -- trailblazers, librettists, lyricists, composers -- were instrumental in opening doors for future generations and laying the foundation for an American art form.
The digital collection The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America also includes many short articles on popular song in America. Browse them by topic within the collection.