November 2015

Scotland’s National Day: A Brief History

November 30th, 2015|

St Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland and St Andrew’s Day, celebrated on 30 November, is a day of national celebration of all things Scottish. […]

“Was für ein Lied soll dir gesungen werden?”* – The songs of Hugo Wolf

November 27th, 2015|

*“What song should be sung for you?“

In a time full of bombastic compositions, where the size and the scope of orchestras became grander and the ambitions of composers lay in filling concert halls and opera houses, there lived one composer […]

Singpho, Tai and Tangsa: an insight into the languages of the Assam region in India

November 24th, 2015|

The Language Archive is once again offering an insight into one of the endangered languages carefully investigated and stored in our Archive. Today we will have a look into the language and culture of three communities in the Upper Assam Region in India: The Singpho, Tai and Tangsa. […]

Editing Wikipedia has never been so much fun!

November 20th, 2015|

On the 7th November the British Library held its first Europeana Sounds edit-a-thon and had a very successful day. Our focus was the British Wildlife Collection, and we had great support via social media from local wildlife societies who spread the word about the event to their members, including The London Wildlife Trust. […]

Latvia’s anthem: a short history

November 18th, 2015|

For the very first Latvian Song Festival in 1873 Latvian composer Kārlis Baumanis (1835-1905) composed for male choir a song-prayer “Dievs, svētī Latviju!” (God, bless Latvia!). His composition later became the anthem of the Republic of Latvia. It was written at a time when Latvia did not exist as a sovereign state […]

Recording folklore in the 1950s & 1960s Soviet Lithuania

November 17th, 2015|

The oldest recordings of the archives of the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy (LMTA) were accumulated in the 1950s & 1960s. They are part of the Europeana Sounds corpus to be published on the Europeana platform and the Music Channel. […]