Audio Recording Little Bessie

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Title
Little Bessie
Contributor Names
Barringer, J. M. (composer)
Saladini, Robert (conductor)
Guglielm, Carol (soprano_soloist)
DeSellem, Phillip (pianist)
Created / Published
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C, 1998, monographic.
Notes
-  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 on high," to which the angels will take her if she doesn't survive the night, is meant to show the ineffable goodness of her character, not to console the listener; indeed for the listener it is one further call to compassion. (Further "wandering orphan" songs will be found under the subject Poverty.)
-  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).
Extent
1 digital file. 1:46
Online Format
audio
Description
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 on high," to which the angels will take her if she doesn't survive the night, is meant to show the ineffable goodness of her character, not to console the listener; indeed for the listener it is one further call to compassion. (Further "wandering orphan" songs will be found under the subject Poverty.) 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:

Barringer, J. M, Robert Saladini, Carol Guglielm, and Phillip Desellem. Little Bessie. Library of Congress, Washington, D.C, monographic, 1998. Audio. https://www.loc.gov/item/sm1876.7606110/.

APA citation style:

Barringer, J. M., Saladini, R., Guglielm, C. & Desellem, P. (1998) Little Bessie. Library of Congress, Washington, D.C, monographic. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/sm1876.7606110/.

MLA citation style:

Barringer, J. M, et al. Little Bessie. Library of Congress, Washington, D.C, monographic, 1998. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/sm1876.7606110/>.