Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
Musical Instruments at the Library of Congress (Performing Arts Encyclopedia, The Library of Congress) Instrument collecting at the Library began in 1935 with the donation of five Stradivarius stringed instruments by Mrs. Gertrude Clarke Whittall. Since then other instruments have been acquired, including strings, flutes and winds, and Siamese folk instruments. This site offers descriptive information about the instrument collections, as well as photos and an audio comparison of five violins by violinist Nicholas Kitchen performing Bach’s Chaconne. Please Note: Appointments are needed to view the instrument collections. Please contact the curator of the musical instrument collections by telephone at 202-707-9083 or by email at mdiv@loc.gov. Musical Instruments at the Library of Congress (Performing Arts Encyclopedia, The Library of Congress)
Sounds Historic Sounds Historic About Age range: Good for 10-13 year olds Estimated Time: Give yourself some time! This interactive takes about 30 minutes to complete.