Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Desellem, Phillip
Gingery, Ralph
Library of Congress
Saladini, Robert
Sousa, John Philip
Dates 1998
Location Washington D.C.
Title
Smick, smack, smuck
Description
1 digital file. 1:10 | "Smick, Smack, Smuck" is not the earliest piece by John Philip Sousa in this online collection, nor is it the piece most prophetic of his later fame as the "March King." But its polka-style refrain does suggest the saucy tunes that would make his operettas popular. The words, by Sousa himself, bear early witness to the fact that his music works better when he leaves the words to someone else. "Smick, Smack, Smuck" is, in fact, a fairly good example of an 1870s boy-and-girl novelty song: if it doesn't seem particularly funny now, neither do most of the others, and the tune of the refrain has the real Sousa swing. The performers are the "Music for the Nation" Singers, and are all Library of Congress staff members. These selections were recorded in the Library's Coolidge Auditorium on September 23, 1998. Robert Saladini, director; Phillip DeSellem, pianist; Carol Guglielm, Elizabeth Miller (sopranos); Laura Lee Fischer, Linda Gill (altos); David Arbury, Thomas A. Howe (tenors); Ralph Gingery, John Oswald Greene (basses).
Contributor Names
Sousa, John Philip (composer)
Saladini, Robert (conductor)
Gingery, Ralph (bass_soloist)
DeSellem, Phillip (pianist)
Created / Published
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C, 1998, monographic.
Notes
-  "Smick, Smack, Smuck" is not the earliest piece by John Philip Sousa in this online collection, nor is it the piece most prophetic of his later fame as the "March King." But its polka-style refrain does suggest the saucy tunes that would make his operettas popular. The words, by Sousa himself, bear early witness to the fact that his music works better when he leaves the words to someone else. "Smick, Smack, Smuck" is, in fact, a fairly good example of an 1870s boy-and-girl novelty song: if it doesn't seem particularly funny now, neither do most of the others, and the tune of the refrain has the real Sousa swing.
-  The performers are the "Music for the Nation" Singers, and are all Library of Congress staff members. These selections were recorded in the Library's Coolidge Auditorium on September 23, 1998. Robert Saladini, director; Phillip DeSellem, pianist; Carol Guglielm, Elizabeth Miller (sopranos); Laura Lee Fischer, Linda Gill (altos); David Arbury, Thomas A. Howe (tenors); Ralph Gingery, John Oswald Greene (basses).
Extent
1 digital file. 1:10
Other Formats
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/ihas/loc.music.sm1878.7810848/mets.xml


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