Native Brazilian Music preserved
by the Library of Congress

Albums named to the 2006 National Recording Registry.

Daniella Thompson

8 March 2007

Those of you who have been following the Native Brazilian Music saga since 2000 (see Stokowski Stalked) will be heartened by the news that the Library of Congress has added the two 78-rpm albums, comprising 17 tracks, to its 2006 National Recording Registry.

The press release dated 6 March 2007 states:

Under the terms of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, the Librarian is responsible for annually selecting 25 recordings that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” to be placed in the National Recording Registry. Recordings must be at least ten-years old. This year’s crop brings the number of recordings named to the registry so far to 225.

“Selecting 25 recordings from our extraordinary rich and varied sonic history is a difficult task, but we take this charge seriously because it showcases the diverse beauty, humanity and artistry found in the nation’s sound heritage,” said the Librarian in announcing the registry selections. “Our challenge and duty to history remain, however, finding collaborative and creative ways to preserve and make available this unmatched legacy for modern and future generations.”

Nominations for the registry were gathered from members of the public, who submitted suggestions online and from the National Recording Preservation Board, which comprises leaders in the fields of music, recorded sound and preservation. The board also assisted the Librarian with the review of nominations.

I thank Stokowski fan and activist Lawrence Matheson for bearing the good news.


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