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Grandfather's clock
Contributor Names
Work, Henry C. (composer)
Saladini, Robert (conductor)
Greene, John Oswald (bass_soloist)
DeSellem, Phillip (pianist)
Created / Published
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C, 1998, monographic.
-  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 wrote a sequel to "Grandfather's Clock", mimicking the rapid ticking of the newfangled wall clock as "Grandfather's Clock" mimics the old clock's sedate ticking. The sequel is not in a class with the original song; but the double meaning adjective "stuck-up" for the wall clock is a vintage Henry Clay Work pun. "Grandfather's Clock" was the last major success for Henry Clay Work. It was not, however, his last great song. When the 1880-85 material is added to this online collection, be sure to look for his song "The Silver Horn."
-  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).
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Chicago citation style:

Work, Henry C, Robert Saladini, John Oswald Greene, and Phillip Desellem. Grandfather's Clock. Library of Congress, Washington, D.C, , monographic, 1998. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, (Accessed July 23, 2016.)

APA citation style:

Work, H. C., Saladini, R., Greene, J. O. & Desellem, P. (1998) Grandfather's Clock. Library of Congress, Washington, D.C, , monographic. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Work, Henry C, et al. Grandfather's Clock. Library of Congress, Washington, D.C, , monographic, 1998. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.