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The Music of Tôru Takemitsu and Japanese New Wave Cinema
Alan Westby, May 26, 2017

As we observe Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at Los Angeles Public Library, this is a good occasion to look at some of the interesting examples of Japanese cinema available to our patrons, particularly those featuring scores by composer Tôru Takemitsu.


Ruth Crawford Seeger (1901-1953)
Alan Westby, March 28, 2017

Ruth Crawford Seeger (1901-1953) is widely recognized both as the most important American woman composer of the Twentieth Century, and as a major figure in the study and preservation of American folk music.


Scott Joplin
Alan Westby, February 21, 2017

2017 marks the hundredth anniversary of the death, at the age of 49, of Scott Joplin, one of America's first great composers, and the composer of arguably the first important American opera: Treemonisha.


Caroline Zakarian, June 28, 2016

On Sunday, May 22 nd the Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera performed Mozart: Alpha & Omega in front of a standing-room only crowd in the Taper Auditorium. This title is derived from the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet.


Alma B., March 06, 2014

I can’t quite put my finger on it.  Maybe it’s because of my love for all things 1960’s or because I treasured my family’s Friday nights at Lamppost Pizza as a kid.  It might be the simultaneous bombardment of lights and sounds, compounded with the tactile quality of the flippers and th


Los Angeles City Hall Lit Up At Night
Emma Roberts, January 30, 2014
It's hard to believe that one architect could be the man behind so many quintessential Los Angeles buildings, but John Parkinson left a long list of landmarks that we all still enjoy, including City Hall, Bullock's Wilshire, Union Station, Memorial Coliseum, many buildings at USC, the Alexandri

Alma B., December 19, 2013

"This is why Hitchcock's films will survive, because they give food for thought. They unsettle us and we don't know why. They do not assume we are morons, they let us work things out for ourselves.


Orson Welles as Citizen Kane Photo
Art Department, September 13, 2013

The Art Department of Central Library hosts a fall film series with three motion pictures whose directors took risks with their visual stories.  While the subjects, the use of photography, and the film scores differ, all three directors created filmic experiences with provocative endings tha


Sheet Music for Old Man Jazz
Emma Roberts, August 07, 2013

In the light of the Songs in the Key of Los Angeles project, here is some information about the vast collection of scores and sheet music in the


Orchestral music notes
Caroline Zakarian, June 07, 2013

An extremely popular service that the Art, Music and Recreation Department provide that not everyone may know about is orchestral service.  Our orchestral music collection contains scores and parts that are loaned to orchestras and performing groups in Southern California.  The service


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