The New Music USA Online Library is a vast and comprehensive digital database that contains over 57,000 works
by more than 6,000 composers, and includes over 14,000 media samples (recordings and scores).
The Online Library was created by the American Music Center, and, after many evolutions, continues today under the guidance of New Music USA.
Artist Spotlight: Francis Thorne
Born in 1922 in Bay Shore, New York, Francis’ interest in music stems from his grandfather Gustav Kobbè, author of Kobbè’s Opera Book, and from his father, who played ragtime and jazz, both on piano and guitar.
Although mainly self-taught as a jazz pianist, he did not work professionally as a musician until, at age 34, he left ten years of Wall Street work to take the job of house pianist at the Hickory House on 52nd St in New York. This engagement was the result of a personal recommendation by Duke Ellington, and was Francis’ first professional job in music. In this period he developed a...
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Please note: New Music USA does not maintain a physical collection of any kind. Any printed scores or manuscripts held by the American Music Center are now part of a special collection
at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Please contact the Music Division for more information.