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    Anchors aweigh sound recording | 1 sound disc: digital; 4 2/4 in. | Taken from "The Bicentennial Collection: Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of 'The President's Own' United States Marine Band," disc 2. Originally released by Victor; Cat. 18817-A, B-25572-2, recorded September 26, 1921. Sound Recording (Form).
    • Contributor: United States Marine Band - Zimmerman, Charles A. - U.S. Marine Band
    • Date: 1998
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    The marines' hymn sound recording | 1 sound disc: digital; 4 2/4 in. | Taken from "The Bicentennial Collection: Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of 'The President's Own' United States Marine Band," disc 4. Original release information: William F. Santelmann, conducting RCA metal master, Mx. WD8-MB-1201, c. 1942 Sound Recording (Form).
    • Contributor: United States Marine Band - U.S. Marine Band
    • Date: 1998
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    Stars and stripes forever sound recording | 1 sound disc: digital; 4 2/4 in. | Taken from "The Bicentennial Collection: Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of 'The President's Own' United States Marine Band," disc 5. Original release information: Albert F. Schoepper, conducting. RCA Cat. LSP-2687, Recorded by RCA at Crapton Auditorium, Howard University, Washinton, DC, December 10, 1962. Sound Recording (Form).
    • Contributor: United States Marine Band - Sousa, John Philip - U.S. Marine Band
    • Date: 1998
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    Complete birth of the cool compact disc | 1 sound disc : digital, mono, 4 3/4 in. | Recorded between Sept. 4, 1948 and Mar. 9, 1950 Copyright EMI Music. Used by permission. (Copyright Notice). 30 second (Extent). excerpt used by permission of the copyright holder. (Standard Restriction). Compact Disc (Form).
    • Contributor: Capitol Jazz - Mulligan, Gerry - Davis, Miles
    • Date: 1998
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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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    Rescue the perishing 1 digital file. :50 | In the 1870s, hymn tunes tended to be far more closely wedded to a particular set of words than in earlier periods; composers no longer wrote tunes to abstract rhythmic patterns, singable to any text in that particular meter. Thus, W. H. Doane's stirring tune for "Rescue the Perishing" is wedded to Fanny J. Crosby's words. The performers are ...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Doane, W. H. - Crosby, Fanny J. - Saladini, Robert - Desellem, Phillip
    • Date: 1998
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    Daughters of Freedom 1 digital file. 1:02 | One of very few woman suffrage pieces in this online collection, "Daughters of Freedom, the Ballot be Yours" has words by George Cooper, friend of Stephen Foster and prolific lyricist during the 1870s and 1880s. Edwin Christie, the composer, was a respected if not particularly successful composer who probably worked in the Boston area. The performers are the "Music ...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Christie, Edwin - Saladini, Robert - Desellem, Phillip
    • Date: 1998
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    Grandfather's clock 1 digital file. 1:14 | Henry Clay Work's 1876 song "Grandfather's Clock" is indisputably the greatest of furniture songs. It avoids sentimentality by its strong story-line and by the humor which moves the story along. (Note the stream of puns in the later verses.) It is, in fact, because of this song that free-standing floor clocks are called "grandfather clocks." Two years later Work ...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Work, Henry C. - Saladini, Robert - Greene, John Oswald - Desellem, Phillip
    • Date: 1998
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    Punch! Brothers punch 1 digital file. 1:03 | "Mark Twain's nightmare"--his celebrated bit of doggerel about punching tram tickets in the presence of the passenger--is transmuted by J.A. van Kuren into a rousing waltz. 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; ...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Kuren, J. Avan - Saladini, Robert - Fischer, Laura Lee - Desellem, Phillip
    • Date: 1998
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    Little Bessie 1 digital file. 1:46 | J.M. Barringer's "Little Bessie," "respectfully dedicated to the Woman's Christian Temperance Union of America," serves as the example here of a temperance song. It is also an example of a "wandering orphan" song, a genre of song as popular in the 1870s as the "fallen woman" song would be in the 1890s. Little Bessie's vision of the "beautiful Eden ...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Barringer, J. M. - Saladini, Robert - Guglielm, Carol - Desellem, Phillip
    • Date: 1998
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    I'll take you home again, Kathleen 1 digital file. 1:51 | In 1875 George W. Persley, a successful songwriter, wrote a song entitled "Barney, Take Me Home Again" and dedicated it to his friend Thomas P. Westendorf. The words of "Barney, Take Me Home Again," sung by Barney's (unnamed) wife, tell of her longing to return to her home beyond the sea. Westendorf was taken enough by the song to ...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Westendorf, Thomas P. - Saladini, Robert - Howe, Thomas A. - Desellem, Phillip
    • Date: 1998
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    See that my graveís kept green 1 digital file. 2:14 | Gus Williams, an important performer during the 1870s, was best known as a "Dutch act"--a comedian with an act in German dialect. However, his most successful song is a straightforward sentimental one dealing with that most affecting of scenes for the nineteenth-century audience, the death-bed. (This particular death-bed is unusual in being that of a spouse rather than of ...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Williams, Gus - Saladini, Robert - Miller, Elizabeth - Desellem, Phillip
    • Date: 1998
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    Shivering and shaking out in the cold 1 digital file. 1:30 | Sam Lucas , unlike his fellow African American, James Bland, wrote an occasional song with no racial reference. The cover of "Shivering and Shaking Out in the Cold" shows Lucas in the role portrayed by the song, and the song was sung in the pioneering African American drama Out of Bondage, but the song itself contains neither dialect nor ...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Lucas, Sam - Saladini, Robert - Arbury, David - Desellem, Phillip
    • Date: 1998
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    Smick, smack, smuck 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 ...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Sousa, John Philip - Saladini, Robert - Gingery, Ralph - Desellem, Phillip
    • Date: 1998
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    Oh, dem golden slippers 1 digital file. 1:36 | James A. Bland's song "Oh, Dem Golden Slippers" started its life in 1879 as a minstrel parody of a spiritual sung by the Fisk Jubilee Singers. That spiritual ran: "What kind of shoes you going to wear? Golden slippers! Golden slippers I'm bound to wear, That outshine the sun." (The Fisk song was not published until 1880; it was ...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Bland, James A. - Saladini, Robert - Gill, Linda - Desellem, Phillip
    • Date: 1998
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    Garfield. (A Nation's Tribute of Rejoicing and Prayer for the Recovery of their Beloved President) 1 digital file. 1:12 | The early form of Frank N. Scott's piece on Garfield, described both as "A Nation's Tribute of Rejoicing" and as "A Prayer for the Recovery of Their Beloved President," was deposited for copyright on September 15, 1881, four days before Garfield's death. (It may well have appeared in stores slightly earlier.) We know little about Scott besides his Garfield ...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Scott, Frank N. - Saladini, Robert - Desellem, Phillip
    • Date: 1998
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    Garfield. (A Nation's Tribute of Mourning for its Deceased President.) 1 digital file. 1:23 | Few events of the 1880s caused such an outpouring of music as did the assassination of President James A. Garfield. Garfield was shot on July 2, 1881; he survived for more than two months, finally dying on September 19. Frank N. Scott's piece on the assassination was first written and published at a time when it seemed that Garfield ...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress - Scott, Frank N. - Saladini, Robert - Desellem, Phillip
    • Date: 1998