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  • Biography

    Alma Gluck

    Alma Gluck (Reba Fiersohn) (1884–1938) was a Romanian-born soprano who, after working seven seasons for the Metropolitan Opera, devoted the remainder of her career to recording and concertizing. She recorded the first of over 150 titles for Victor in 1911. Her best-known disc was "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny." She was married to violinist Efrem Zimbalist, who often accompanied her on records.

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    Passage-birds' farewell

    Classical Music. sound recording | 1 10" disc recording. | Duration: 03:05 | Vocal (Category). Vocal duet (soprano and contralto), with orchestra (Description). This recording is protected by state copyright laws in the United States. The Library of Congress has obtained a license from rights holders to offer it as streamed audio only. Downloading is not permitted. The authorization of rights holders of the ...

    • Contributor: Victor - Alma Gluck - Louise Homer - Eugen Hildach
    • Date: 1914-05-20
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    Chanson Hebraique

    Ethnic Music. sound recording | 1 10" disc recording. | Duration: 02:46 | Vocal (Category). Soprano vocal solo, with violin obligato and orchestra (Description). This recording is protected by state copyright laws in the United States. The Library of Congress has obtained a license from rights holders to offer it as streamed audio only. Downloading is not permitted. The authorization of rights holders of ...

    • Contributor: Victor - Alma Gluck - Maurice Ravel - Josef Pasternack
    • Date: 1917-06-25
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    Hatikva

    Ethnic Music. sound recording | 1 10" disc recording. | Duration: 02:41 | Vocal (Category). Soprano vocal solo, with violin and orchestra (Description). This recording is protected by state copyright laws in the United States. The Library of Congress has obtained a license from rights holders to offer it as streamed audio only. Downloading is not permitted. The authorization of rights holders of the ...

    • Contributor: Victor - Alma Gluck - Josef Pasternack - Naphtali Herz Imber
    • Date: 1918-09-11
  • Audio Recording

    Long ago

    sound recording | Digital file provided by the University of California, Santa Barbara Davidson Library, Department of Special Collections, for the National Jukebox Project. (Source). Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment and the National Jukebox Project. (Copyright Notice). Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Victor - Macdowell, Edward - Gluck, Alma
    • Date: 1912
  • Audio Recording

    Old folks at home

    sound recording | Digital file provided by the University of California, Santa Barbara Davidson Library, Department of Special Collections, for the National Jukebox Project. (Source). Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment and the National Jukebox Project. (Copyright Notice). Sound Recording (Form).

    • Contributor: Victor - Foster, Stephen Collins - Gluck, Alma - Zimbalist, Efrem
    • Date: 1914
  • Book

    Songs of the Zionist Movement in America

    After the war, the British took control of Palestine, allowing Jewish settlements to develop and thrive. Jewish immigrants purchased land on which to settle. Among the needs for these settlers was a common language, as settlers came from various parts of Europe and North America. Hebrew, which at the time was a language used only in religious practice that many Jews did not speak ...

  • Book

    Regional Song Sampler: The Northeast

    Return to Mapping the Songs of America

  • Book

    Italian American Song

    In the later twentieth century Italian American vocal artists continued to exert a major influence on popular culture in the United States. While famous Italian Ameircan singers such as Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, and Dean Martin were influenced by their Italian heritage in their English-Language recordings, recordings of Italian-language songs sometimes became hits for various American popular singers, such as the traditional song, "Santa ...

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    Jewish Song in America

    Composers who wrote for the Yiddish stage explored themes of Jewish history and experience. But, in the early twentieth century, those who composed songs for mainstream audiences usually felt that they needed to keep their Jewish identity private. In the later twentieth century and beyond there has been a return to themes from Jewish culture and history, presented for all audiences. For example, Leonard ...

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    Printable Timeline - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Digital Collections

    1900 Songs of America Amy Marcy Cheney Beach sets to music Three Browning Songs, including "Ah, Love, But a Day and "The Year's at the Spring." John Rosamond Johnson writes the anthem "Lift Every Voice and Sing" to lyrics by James Weldon Johnson. The King Family performs the traditional dance song "Cripple Creek" on string band instruments: banjo, mandolin, guitar, fiddle, and bass fiddle. ...