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    The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America See and Hear American History Through Song "Know the songs of a country and you will know its history for the true feeling of a people speaks through what they sing." – Preface to The Songs of Henry Clay Work (1884) Listen to the changes in the "Star Spangled Banner" as played by different bands in different eras. Look at the ways in which ...
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    Articles About Songs - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Digital Collections Original essays and articles are available on this site to help provide historical context and a deeper view for those who wish to learn more about particular topics. The Library's curators have written articles on historical topics and song, musical styles, individual songs, and songs of various ethnic groups in America.
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    Biographies - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Digital Collections Short biographies are available for some of the many composers, lyricists, performers, conductors, field collectors, and folklorists who have played a part in the history of American songs.
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    Curator Talks - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Digital Collections The curators of the collections at the Library of Congress give more information about the history of song in the United States in these brief "Curator Talk" videos with the help of illustrations and audio clips.
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    Historical Topics - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Digital Collections The history of America is reflected through its songs. Read more about how immigration and migration; work and industry; social change; war and conflict; politics and political campaigns; and sports and leisure in the United States have been portrayed in song. Listen to examples for all.
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    Illustrated Sound Recordings - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Digital Collections Performances of song and concerts from the Library of Congress are available on this site as well as interviews with performers and composers.
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    Interactive Maps - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Digital Collections See the connection between America's geography and song through interactive maps that offer songs from the states and about the states.
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    Timeline - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Digital Collections Explore the relationship between cultural and historical events to American song on this timeline.
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    1950 to Present - The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America - Digital Collections Cultural and historical events from 1950 to present related to American song.
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    Hunters' Chorus, from The Rose of Erin sound recording | Performed by band playing brass instruments from collections of the Smithsonian Institution; Frederick Fennell, conductor. Recorded Sept. 1974, Coolidge, Auditorium, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Published as commercial records in LP, cassette, and compact disc format (Our Musical Past, OMP 101/102 Sound Recording (Form). Sound Cassette (Form).
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Benedict, Julius - Fennell, Frederick
    • Date: 1974
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    O Summer Night from Don Pasquale sound recording | Performed by band playing brass instruments from collections of the Smithsonian Institution; Frederick Fennell, conductor. Recorded Sept. 1974, Coolidge, Auditorium, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Published as commercial records in LP, cassette, and compact disc format (Our Musical Past, OMP 101/102 Sound Recording (Form). Sound Cassette (Form).
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Donizetti, Gaetano - Fennell, Frederick
    • Date: 1974
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    Ah! May the Red Rose Live Alway sound recording | Performed by Merja Sargon, soprano; Bernard Rose, piano. Recorded Sept. 1974, Coolidge, Auditorium, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Published as commercial records in LP, cassette, and compact disc format (Our Musical Past, OMP 101/102 Sound Recording (Form). Sound Cassette (Form).
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Foster, Stephen Collins - Sargon, Merja - Rose, Bernard
    • Date: 1974
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    The Herdsman's Mountain Song sound recording | Performed by Merja Sargon, soprano; Bernard Rose, piano. Recorded Sept. 1974, Coolidge, Auditorium, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Published as commercial records in LP, cassette, and compact disc format (Our Musical Past, OMP 101/102 Sound Recording (Form). Sound Cassette (Form).
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Lindblad, Adolf Fredrik - Sargon, Merja - Rose, Bernard
    • Date: 1974
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    Captain Shepherd's Quickstep sound recording | Performed by band playing brass instruments from collections of the Smithsonian Institution; Frederick Fennell, conductor. Recorded Sept. 1974, Coolidge, Auditorium, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Published as commercial records in LP, cassette, and compact disc format (Our Musical Past, OMP 101/102 Sound Recording (Form). Sound Cassette (Form).
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Grafulla, C. S. (Claudio S.) - Fennell, Frederick
    • Date: 1974
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    Captain Finch's Quickstep sound recording | Performed by band playing brass instruments from collections of the Smithsonian Institution; Frederick Fennell, conductor. Recorded Sept. 1974, Coolidge, Auditorium, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Published as commercial records in LP, cassette, and compact disc format (Our Musical Past, OMP 101/102 Sound Recording (Form). Sound Cassette (Form).
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Grafulla, C. S. (Claudio S.) - Fennell, Frederick
    • Date: 1974
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    Indiana Polka sound recording | Performed by band playing brass instruments from collections of the Smithsonian Institution; Frederick Fennell, conductor. Recorded Sept. 1974, Coolidge, Auditorium, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Published as commercial records in LP, cassette, and compact disc format (Our Musical Past, OMP 101/102 Sound Recording (Form). Sound Cassette (Form).
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Jaeger, Edmund - Fennell, Frederick
    • Date: 1974
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    Old Memories sound recording | Performed by Merja Sargon, soprano; Bernard Rose, piano. Recorded Sept. 1974, Coolidge, Auditorium, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Published as commercial records in LP, cassette, and compact disc format (Our Musical Past, OMP 101/102 Sound Recording (Form). Sound Cassette (Form).
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Foster, Stephen Collins - Sargon, Merja - Rose, Bernard
    • Date: 1974
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    The Moonbeam Waltzes sound recording | Performed by band playing brass instruments from collections of the Smithsonian Institution; Frederick Fennell, conductor. Recorded Sept. 1974, Coolidge, Auditorium, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Published as commercial records in LP, cassette, and compact disc format (Our Musical Past, OMP 101/102 Sound Recording (Form). Sound Cassette (Form).
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Farmer, Henry - Fennell, Frederick
    • Date: 1974
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    La Fontaine sound recording | Performed by Bernard Rose, piano. Recorded Sept. 1974, Coolidge, Auditorium, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Published as commercial records in LP, cassette, and compact disc format (Our Musical Past, OMP 101/102 Sound Recording (Form). Sound Cassette (Form).
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Bovy-Lysberg, Charles-Samuel - Rose, Bernard
    • Date: 1974
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    Upon a Summer's Day sound recording | Performed by Merja Sargon, soprano; Bernard Rose, piano. Recorded Sept. 1974, Coolidge, Auditorium, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Published as commercial records in LP, cassette, and compact disc format (Our Musical Past, OMP 101/102 Sound Recording (Form). Sound Cassette (Form).
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Lindblad, Adolf Fredrik - Sargon, Merja - Rose, Bernard
    • Date: 1974
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    Slow March: Midnight! sound recording | Performed by band playing brass instruments from collections of the Smithsonian Institution; Frederick Fennell, conductor. Recorded Sept. 1974, Coolidge, Auditorium, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Published as commercial records in LP, cassette, and compact disc format (Our Musical Past, OMP 101/102 Sound Recording (Form). Sound Cassette (Form).
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Noeren, J. M - Fennell, Frederick
    • Date: 1974
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    Scots Wha Hae: Variations sound recording | Performed by Bernard Rose, piano. Recorded Sept. 1974, Coolidge, Auditorium, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Published as commercial records in LP, cassette, and compact disc format (Our Musical Past, OMP 101/102 Sound Recording (Form). Sound Cassette (Form).
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Wallace, William Vincent - Rose, Bernard
    • Date: 1974
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    General Taylor Storming Monterey sound recording | Performed by band playing brass instruments from collections of the Smithsonian Institution; Frederick Fennell, conductor. Recorded Sept. 1974, Coolidge, Auditorium, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Published as commercial records in LP, cassette, and compact disc format (Our Musical Past, OMP 101/102 Sound Recording (Form). Sound Cassette (Form).
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Knaebel, Simon - Fennell, Frederick
    • Date: 1974
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    Lilly Bell Quickstep sound recording | Performed by band playing brass instruments from collections of the Smithsonian Institution; Frederick Fennell, conductor. Recorded Sept. 1974, Coolidge, Auditorium, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Published as commercial records in LP, cassette, and compact disc format (Our Musical Past, OMP 101/102 Sound Recording (Form). Sound Cassette (Form).
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Friederich, G. W. E - Fennell, Frederick
    • Date: 1974