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  • Recording Title

    Wise bird

  • Other Title(s)

    • Cuckoo music (Additional title)
    • A star child (Additional title)
    • Pretty tulip (Additional title)
  • Composer

    Arthur E. Johnstone

  • Conductor

    Josef Pasternack

  • Cello

    Alfred Lennartz

  • Flute

    Clement Barone

  • Piano

    Rosario Bourdon

  • Violin

    Howard Rattay , P. Bianculli

  • Lyricist

    Harvey Worthington Loomis

  • Soprano vocal

    Laura Littlefield

  • Genre(s)

    Classical music

  • Marketing Genre(s)


  • Category


  • Description

    Female vocal solo, with instrumental quintet

  • Language


  • Instrumentation

    2 first violins, flute, cello, and piano

  • Label Name/Number

    Victor 18649

  • Matrix Number/Take Number


  • Recording Date


  • Place of Recording

    Camden, New Jersey

  • Size


  • Duration


  • Notes

    Victor ledgers: "First pressings on B-22890 will be incorrectly marked B-22891, but the matrices will be changed and all future pressings will bear the corrected serial number B-22890 (referred to Mr. Hewitt)."

    1 and 4 from "Second year music"; 2 and 3 from "Third year music"

  • Rights & Access

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    Source of original recording: Recorded Sound Section, Library of Congress. Inclusion of the recording in the National Jukebox, courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment.


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