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Works Progress Administration (WPA) Phonodisc Collection

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Federal Music Project
Title: Works Progress Administration (WPA) Phonodisc Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1936-1942
Quantity: 351 items
Abstract: Collection of recordings from the United States Work Projects Administration's Federal Music Project
Language: Majority in English, with scattered items in Russian, Spanish, French, Italian, and Latin
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
http://scrc.syr.edu

Biographical History

The Federal Music Project (FMP) was one of five arts-related programs sponsored by the Work Projects Administration (WPA) during the Great Depression. The other four were the Federal Art Project, Federal Theatre Project, Federal Writers' Project, and Historical Records Survey.

The FMP was established in 1935 and Russian-American violinist Dr. Nikolai Sokoloff appointed its head; American musicologist, composer, teacher, and folklorist Charles Seeger (father of folk singer Pete Seeger) was later brought on board as assistant director. The program sponsored musical performances, classes, concerts, and ethnomusicology work around the country. Its primary goal was employment of out-of-work musicians, conductors and composers; its secondary goals were to encourage music appreciation and instruction, copy and distribute music, document musical activity (including folk songs) in the United States, and provide affordable entertainment for poor families and encourage the musical arts. It also distrubuted thousands of recordings to radio stations around the country.

The project was highly successful, particularly in encouraging music classes in public schools. The FMP's funding was drastically reduced in 1939 (at this time it was also renamed the WPA Music Program) and phased out entirely by the middle of World War II.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) Phonodisc Collection contains more than 350 recordings created a under the auspices of the Federal Music Project and distributed to hundreds of radio stations around the United States. The format, known as electrical transcription discs, was exclusively for radio stations and is of a higher sound quality than standard LPs.

Recordings cover a range of vocal and instrumental styles and genres, including classical music, popular music, spirituals, madrigals, choral works, opera and American folk songs. Groups represented include orchestras, military bands, dance bands, professional choruses, children's choirs, and African-American groups. The majority of performers hailed from Boston, New York, or California; the latter include several whose focus was Mexican music. Some of the discs include a guest speaker or a WPA "spot" advertising the project.

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Arrangement of the Collection

Discs are shelved individually, in order by season and program number. To request an item, please provide year, program number, title and ID number (e.g. "1936, Program No. 35 Works Progress Administration Presents The Manhattan Concert Band, wpa_phono_035").

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Related Material

The entire collection has been digitized and is available on SCRC Online, our digital portal.

See also the Federal Theater Project Collection. Special Collections Research Center also has the papers of several artists who were part of the Federal Art Project; please search our collections to locate these items.

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Subject Headings

Corporate Bodies

American Folk Singers of Boston.
Federal Music Project (U.S.)
Los Angeles Mexican Chorus.
Los Angeles Mexican Orchestra.
Negro Melody Singers.
Southern California Mexican Tipica Orchestra.
United States Army Band.
United States Navy Band.
United States. -- Work Projects Administration.
United States. -- Works Progress Administration.

Subjects

African American choirs.
Children's choirs.
Folk music -- Mexico.
Folk music -- United States.
Madrigals.
Music.
Opera.
Symphony orchestras -- United States.

Genres and Forms

Long-playing records.
Sound recordings.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Works Progress Administration (WPA) Phonodisc Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Transfer from the Newberry Library, Chicago, 2019.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: MRC
Date: 6 Nov 2019
Revision history:

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Inventory

Note on alternate formats:

The entire collection has been digitized and is available on SCRC Online, our digital portal.

1936 season
Discs are shelved individually. To request an item, please provide year, program number, title and ID number (e.g. "1936, Program No. 35 Works Progress Administration Presents The Manhattan Concert Band, wpa_phono_035")
Program No. 1 Works Progress Administration Presents New York State Symphonic Band 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_001)
Dance of the hours; Alla turca; WPA spot
Program No. 2 Works Progress Administration Presents The Manhattan Concert Band 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_002)
March to the Tournament; The Canzonetta; WPA spot; Overture to Stradella
Program No. 3 Works Progress Administration Presents Municipal Dance Band 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_003)
Tormented; Rigamarole; WPA spot; The touch of your lips; Harlem heat
Program No. 4 Works Progress Administration Presents Negro Melody Singers 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_004)
Roll, Jordan, roll; Short'nin' bread; Were you there when they crucified my Lord?; WPA spot; Ezekiel saw the wheel; Gospel train; Same train; Swing low, sweet chariot (excerpt)
Program No. 5 Works Progress Administration Presents Children's Orchestra 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_005)
This program features music performed by a children's orchestra, age 8 and 16. None of the children had ever played a musical instrument before. They were trained by Vincenzo Palladino and play on mandolin, mandola, guitar and bass. Serenata; Two guitars; WPA spot; Andante and Tempo di polka; Ibanez, arranger
Program No. 6 Works Progress Administration Presents New York Civic Orchestra 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_006)
Allegretto from Brahms' 2nd symphony; WPA spot; Finlandia
Program No. 7 Works Progress Administration Presents The Manhattan Concert Band 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_007)
March from Tannhäuser; WPA spot; Babillage; Overture to Norma
Oversize 1 Program No. 8 Works Progress Administration Presents Negro Art Singers 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_008)
Go down, oh sun, in blood; A loving heart; Immortal Zeus; Didn't my Lord deliver Daniel?, arranged for double quartet, unaccompanied; Wade in the water, soloists with double quartet, unaccompanied; WPA spot; Swing along, chorus with piano accompaniment.
Program No. 9 Works Progress Administration Presents Municipal Dance Band 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_009)
Say it with music; I'm putting all my eggs in one basket; Please believe me; WPA spot; The day I let you get away; Cling to me; Let yourself go
Program No. 10 Works Progress Administration Presents New York Festival Orchestra 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_010)
Overture to Phèdre; WPA spot; Der Rosenkavalier waltz
Program No. 11 Works Progress Administration Presents New York Festival Orchestra 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_011)
Entr'acte and ballet from Act 3 of Raymonda; Ballet of the Sylphes; WPA spot; Three Hungarian dances
Program No. 12 Works Progress Administration Presents The Manhattan Concert Band 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_012)
Coronation march from La Prophète; Selections from Naughty Marietta; WPA spot; Stars and stripes forever
Program No. 13 Works Progress Administration Presents Negro Melody Singers 1936 - unaccompanied chorus and soloist performances of spiritual music (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_013)
Free at last; Who'll join that union; Who built the ark?; WPA spot; Certainly Lord; Dis train; Same train; Sign of the judgment.
Program No. 14 Works Progress Administration Presents The Manhattan Concert Band 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_014)
Our favorite regiment march; Pas des fleurs from the ballet Naila; WPA spot; Selections from the operetta Rose Marie
Program No. 15 Works Progress Administration Presents Children's Orchestra 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_015)
This program features music performed by a children's orchestra, age 8 and 16. Non of the children had ever played a musical instrument before. They were trained by Vincenzo Palladino and play on mandolin, mandola, guitar and bass. Serenade; Carnival in Venice; WPA spot; Children's march
Program No. 16 Works Progress Administration Presents Negro Melody Singers 1936 - folk songs and spirituals, by unaccompanied chorus and soloists (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_016)
Carry me back to old Virginny; Live-a humble; Joe Brown's coal mine; WPA spot re: School Lunch Program; Street vendor cries from various cities: Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, North Carolina, Charleston S.C.); In dat great gittin' up mornin'
Program No. 17 Works Progress Administration Presents Negro Melody Singers 1936 - unaccompanied chorus and soloist performances of spiritual music (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_017)
Where shall I be when the first trumpet sounds; Great day the righteous marches; Joshua fit the battle of Jericho; WPA spot; Tell me, who do you call the wonderful counselor; I've been in the storm so long; Oh, my lovin' brother
Program No. 18 Works Progress Administration Presents Schubert Group 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_018)
Nocturne in F sharp; The mermaid song; WPA spot; La Gitana; Two grenadiers; Joseph Posner, baritone; Madame Annette Royak, soprano, Berta Vandenberg [?]
Program No. 19 Works Progress Administration Presents the Manhattan Concert Band 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_019)
The thunderer; WPA spot; Le Feria, Suite espagnole. Los Toros; Serenade la reja; La zarzuela
Program No. 20 Works Progress Administration Presents Composers' Forum-Laboratory 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_020)
The valley of the muted songbirds; Scherzo from the South; Cradle song; WPA spot; Hotel music, 2nd movement: Turkey trot; Grand valse de concert; Reverie, Andre Skalski [?], piano; Abe Veder [?], cello
Program No. 21 Works Progress Administration Presents the Knickerbocker Little Symphony 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_021)
Morning and Anitra's dance from Peer Gynt Suite; WPA spot; Artist's life waltz
Program No. 22 Works Progress Administration Presents Artist Recital Bureau 1936 - vocal soloists with piano accompaniment and a violin performance (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_022)
Give a man a horse he can ride; Blow, blow, thou winter wind; Danse espagnole; WPA spot; The star; I love life;
Program No. 23 Works Progress Administration Presents the Manhattan Concert Band 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_023)
Egyptian ballet. Allegro; Allegretto Scherzando; WPA spot; Egyptian ballet. Andante; Allegro non troppo
Program No. 24 Works Progress Administration Presents Artist Recital Bureau 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_024)
Vocal and violin soloists with piano accompaniments. Sweet thoughts of home; Bagatelle; WPA spot; None but the lonely heart; A vucchella; Life
Program No. 25 Works Progress Administration Presents Municipal Dance Band 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_025)
Wahoo; Let's face the music and dance; Yours truly is truly yours; WPA spot; But where are you; You hit the spot; Say it with music
Program No. 26 Works Progress Administration Presents the Manhattan Concert Band 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_026)
Nibelungen march; WPA spot; Loin du Ball; Flight of the bumble bee; Selections from Fortune teller
Program No. 27 Works Progress Administration Presents New York Civic Orchestra 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_027)
Prelude to Lohengrin; WPA spot; Dance of the buffoons from The Snow Maiden
Program No. 28 Works Progress Administration Presents Negro Art Singers 1936 - spirituals, by soloists and chorus with and without piano accompaniment (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_028)
If you love god, serve him; King Emanuel; WPA spot; There's going to be a land slide; That great getting up morning
Program No. 29 Works Progress Administration Presents the Manhattan Concert Band 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_029)
Semper fidelis march; Waltz Dream; WPA spot; Selections from the chimes of Normandy
Program No. 30 Works Progress Administration Presents Artist Recital Bureau 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_030)
Ah, love but a day, William Reed, pianist; Return; La capricieuse Op. 17, Berte Vandenberg [?], pianist; WPA spot; I heard you go by; Thou art so like a flower, Berte Vandenberg [?], pianist
Program No. 31 Works Progress Administration Presents Municipal Dance Band 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_031)
Is it true what they say about Dixie; Lost; La cucaracha; WPA spot; Lights out; High rhythm and low moaning
Program No. 32 Works Progress Administration Presents Manhattan Concert Band 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_032)
Second L'Arlesienne suite; WPA spot; Three dances from Henry VIII suite: Morris dance; Shepherd's dance; Torch dance
Program No. 33 Works Progress Administration Presents Municipal Dance Band 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_033)
Swing, Mr. Charlie; Melody from out of the sky, from 1936 film "Trail of the Lonesome Pine"; Waltz tune: It's a sin to tell a lie; WPA spot; What's the name of that song; Goody Goody.
Program No. 34 Works Progress Administration Presents The Knickerbocker [Little] Symphony 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_034)
Andante from Ukrainian suite, 5th movement; WPA spot; Tales from the Vienna Woods - waltz
Program No. 35 Works Progress Administration Presents The Manhattan Concert Band 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_035)
March of the gladiator; La cinquantaine; WPA spot; Fifth Hungarian dance; Sixth Hungarian dance.
Program No. 36 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Dance Band 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_036)
Memories of a dying savage; Smoke gets in your eyes; WPA spot; Goody goody, uncredited female vocalist; Dancing dogs
Program No. 37 Works Progress Administration Presents New York Civic Orchestra 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_037)
The enchanted lake; WPA spot; Valse caprice
Program No. 38 Works Progress Administration Presents New York State Symphonic Band 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_038)
Overture to William Tell; WPA spot; Minute waltz
Program No. 39 Works Progress Administration Presents The Knickerbocker [Little] Symphony 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_039)
Symphony no. 1 in C major. Andante con moto; WPA spot; Trepak from the Nutcracker suite; Slavonic dance
Program No. 40 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Dance Band 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_040)
Somebody stole my girl, uncredited male vocalist with refrain in Ted Lewis style; Lights out, uncredited male and female duet; WPA spot; Play, fiddle play; Is she my baby, well, I'll say, unpublished tune.
Program No. 41 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Dance Band 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_041)
Melody from the sky, from the film Trail of the Lonesome Pine, uncredited male vocalist; Moonlight Madonna; WPA spot; Sylvia; Rockin' in Rhythm
Oversize 1 Program No. 42 Works Progress Administration Presents New York State Symphonic Band 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_042)
Grand triumphal march from Aida; WPA spot; Suite of contrast. Love song; Festive dance - Bacchante; Nearer my God to Thee
Program No. 43 Works Progress Administration Presents Brooklyn Symphony 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_043)
Second Peer Gynt suite. Ingrid's lament; WPA spot; Second L'Arlesienne suite. Intermezzo; Farandole
Program No. 44 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_044)
Minuet; WPA spot; Introduction to The Bird of Paradise; Forgotten Island; African Dance, from 1933 film "King Kong".
Program No. 45 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Dance Band 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_045)
Lost, uncredited vocal duet; The words are in my heart, from the 1935 film "Gold Diggers"; WPA spot; Alone, from 1935 film "A Night at the Opera"; Stompin' Around.
Program No. 46 Works Progress Administration Presents The Manhattan Concert Band 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_046)
Woodland Whispers; Thunder and blazes; WPA spot; Serenade Badine
Program No. 47 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Dance Band 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_047)
You, from 1936 film "The Great Ziegfeld"; Moon melody, rumba; WPA spot; Tell me that you love me tonight, waltz song with uncredited vocal duet; I'm gonna sit right down and write myself a letter; uncredited female vocalist.
Program No. 48 Works Progress Administration Presents The Manhattan Concert Band 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_048)
March Militaire; WPA spot; Wine, Women, and Song
Program No. 49 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 14:45) (ID#: wpa_phono_049)
Carnival overture, Op. 92; WPA spot; Intermezzo from Carmen; Hungarian Dance in G minor, flute and harp with orchestral obbligato.
Program No. 50 Works Progress Administration Presents Brooklyn Symphony 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_050)
Overture to The Barber of Seville, commentary by announcer on the history of the piece; WPA spot; Apprentices' Dance, Entrance of the Meistersinger, Act 3, from Die Meistersinger
Program No. 51 Works Progress Administration Presents New York State Symphonic Band 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_051)
Overture to La Forza del Destino; WPA spot; Love's Dream after the Ball, Op. 356, waltz
Program No. 52 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Negro Choir 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_052)
I couldn't hear nobody pray, sung by soloist Bernice Ellis Rundall [?]; Dark Water; WPA spot; Little David, sung by soloists D. A. Scott and William Stocks [?]; Swanee River; In that Great Gettin' Up Mornin', uncredited piano accompanist.
Program No. 53 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_053)
Wolf dance from the Thunderbird suite, based on a Blackfoot Indian dance; WPA spot; Danse Macabre; Hungarian Dance no. 5
Program No. 54 Works Progress Administration Presents Manhattan Concert Band 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_054)
Second Suite in F major, Op. 28 - March, composed of 3 English folk dances: Morris Dance; Swansea Town; Cloudy Banks; Song without words: I'll love my love; Song of the blacksmith; Fantasia on Dargason; WPA spot; Washington Post March.
Program No. 55 Works Progress Administration Presents Artist Recital Bureau 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_055)
The last hour, William Reed, piano; A minor Mazurka, Berta Vandenberg [?] piano; Frasquita serenade; WPA spot; Tell me, oh blue, blue sky; Do you know my garden?
Program No. 56 Works Progress Administration Presents the Manhattan Concert Band 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_056)
Our flirtations; You and you, waltz from Die Fledermaus; WPA spot; Au Moulin, referred to as In the Mill
Program No. 57 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles [A] Capella Choir 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_057)
Choir of 50 voices. Nightingale, sung by soloist Robert Cohn [?]; Under the Greenwood Tree; WPA spot; Dainty, Fine, Sweet Nymph; The Australian Up Country Song, wordless Australian bushman's song.
Program No. 58 Works Progress Administration Presents New York Civic Orchestra 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_058)
Overture to Sicilian Vespers; WPA spot; Dance of the Nymphs and Dryads
Program No. 59 Works Progress Administration Presents New York State Symphonic Band 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_059)
Fantasy, Way down south. Dixie; Swanee River; Carry me back to ol' Virginny; WPA spot; Spanish dance, Moraima
Program No. 60 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_060)
Plantation dances; Merry-go-round, from At the Fair suite; WPA spot; Allegro con Brio, 3rd movement from Romantic Symphony
Program No. 61 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Folk Lore Choir 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_061)
Ack Värmeland Du sköna, sung in Swedish, Victor Rockwood, soloist; Museimein [?], sung in Italian, chorus with piano; Litania di Maria, religious song, choir with piano; WPA spot; In Derry Down Dale, Victor Rockwood, soloist with piano accompaniment; Prison Song, sung in Russian, chorus with piano; Venetian Bacaro, sung in Italian, chorus with piano.
Program No. 62 Works Progress Administration Presents Manhattan Concert Band 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_062)
March Bombasto; Humoresque; WPA spot; Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah
Program No. 63 Works Progress Administration Presents [the] Knickerbocker Little Symphony 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_063)
Overture to Die Fledermaus; WPA spot; Dance from Neapolitan scenes (Tarantella)
Program No. 64 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Negro Choir 1936 - soloists and chorus of 50 voices (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_064)
Cert'n'y Lord, sung by soloist Edna Herb [?]; I gotta home in that rock, sung by soloist William Storks [?]; WPA spot; Go Down, Moses, sung by soloist Gonzolo James [?]; Be ready when he comes, chorus; Four and twenty elders, sung by soloist D. A. Scott [?]; Good News, sung by soloist Forest Prince [?].
Program No. 65 Works Progress Administration Presents Brooklyn Symphony 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_065)
Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana; Prelude to 4th act of La Traviata; WPA spot; March from Tannhauser
Program No. 66 Works Progress Administration Presents [the] Manhattan Concert Band 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_066)
Belle of Chicago; Valse Triste, Op. 44, No. 1; WPA spot; Fete Boheme from Scenes Pittoresques
Program No. 67 Works Progress Administration Presents New York Civic Orchestra 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_067)
Prelude to Die Lorelei; WPA spot; In War-Time, 3rd movement from Indian Suite
Program No. 68 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Folk Lore Choir 1936 - folk songs, performed by chorus and various soloists with piano accompaniment. (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_068)
Swedish folk songs: Flickorna de små uti dansen da gå; Ach hor du lilla flicka; Early American song: Prairie flower; La pastorella; Italian mountain song: Serenata delle Alpi; WPA spot; Neapolitan serenade: O mari canta; Stornellata Romanesca.
Program No. 69 Works Progress Administration Presents [the] Manhattan Concert Band 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_069)
The Picador; WPA spot; The Blue Danube; Finale to Dance of the Hours from La Gioconda
Program No. 70 Works Progress Administration Presents Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_070)
Ballet from the Petite Suite; Meditation from Thais, Carmella Ipolitov [?], violin; WPA spot; Russian Folk songs: I danced with a mosquito; Cradle song; Song dance
Program No. 71 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Negro Choir 1936 - spirituals and folks songs, by chorus and various soloists with and without piano accompaniment (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_071)
Every Time I Feel the Spirit; Got a Home at Last, sung by soloist D. A. Scott; Now is the Needy Time; WPA spot; Wade in the Water, sung by soloist J. B. Jones; Swing Low, Sweet Chariot; Heaven, Sung by soloist Gonzalo James; Steal away, sung by soloist Mamie Titus.
Program No. 72 Works Progress Administration Presents [the] Manhattan Concert Band 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_072)
March Militaire no. 2; Minuet; WPA spot; Selections from Scenes Pittoresques: March; Air de Ballet
Program No. 73 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_073)
Overture to Mignon; WPA spot; Musette, from King Christian II suite; Polonaise
Oversize 1 Program No. 74 Works Progress Administration Presents [the] Manhattan Concert Band 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_074)
High School Cadets March; Mazurka from La Czarina; WPA spot; Orpheus in Hades, aka Orpheus in the Underworld, arranged for concert band.
Program No. 75 Works Progress Administration Presents New York Civic Orchestra 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_075)
Ocean! Thou Mighty Monster, from Oberon; WPA spot; Waltz of the Flowers, from the Nutcracker suite
Program No. 76 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_076)
Monkey's wedding variation from American Fantasy; Before the Dawn from Deserted Gardens for piano and orchestra; WPA spot; To a Comedian from Hollywood Suite; Indian War Dance.
Program No. 77 Works Progress Administration Presents the Madrigal Singers 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_077)
Happy oh happy he; Now is the month of May; Adagio from Trio in D minor; WPA spot; Clorinda, false, adieu; Willy, prithee, go to bed
Program No. 78 Works Progress Administration Presents New York Civic Orchestra 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_078)
Symphony no. 5 in E minor. Second movement, Andante Cantabile; WPA spot
Program No. 79 Works Progress Administration Presents [the] Manhattan Concert Band 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_079)
The Call of the Wild; Rustle of Spring; WPA spot; Invitation to the waltz [Dance]
Program No. 80 Works Progress Administration Presents Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_080)
Overture to The Marriage of Figaro; WPA spot; En bateau, from Petite suite; Ride of the Valkyries, from Die Walküre
Program No. 81 Works Progress Administration Presents New York Civic Orchestra 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_081)
In Bohemia, Op. 28; WPA spot; Popular Russian Dances suite: In the Garden; Kamarinskaya; unpublished score for orchestra: second movement, fifth movement
Program No. 82 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_082)
Overture to open Shakh-Senem; WPA spot; excerpts from Elegy, from King Christian II; excerpts from March Tsar Sultan from the Fairy Tale suite
Program No. 83 Works Progress Administration Presents the Madrigal Singers 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_083)
Second Movement from Trio in C major; WPA spot; Come Again Sweet Love, a capella chorus; April is in my Mistress' Face, a capella chorus; Mother, I Will Have a Husband; Second Movement from G Minor Trio.
Program No. 84 Works Progress Administration Presents New York Civic Orchestra 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_084)
excerpts from The Judge, from the Oratorio Death and Life [unplayable]; WPA spot; The Flight of the Bumblebee; Czardas
Program No. 85 Works Progress Administration Presents [the] Knickerbocker Little Symphony 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_085)
Kaiser waltz; WPA spot; March hymn; Moment musicale
Program No. 86 Works Progress Administration Presents Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_086)
Overture to Oberon; WPA spot; Cortège from Petite suite
Program No. 87 Works Progress Administration Presents New York Civic Orchestra 1936 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_087)
Scherzo from A midsummer night's dream; WPA spot; Dance of the Hours from La Gioconda
1937 season
Program No. 1 Works Progress Administration Presents [the] Manhattan Concert Band 1937 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_088)
Flag of Victory march; Light Cavalry overture; WPA spot; Irish Tune from County Derry (Londonderry air)(Danny Boy); Shepherd's Hey.
Program No. 2 Works Progress Administration Presents [the] Madrigal Singers 1937 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_089)
Sing We Enchanted; Mon cœur se recommande a Vous (My heart begs you not to forget me); Au Jolie Bois; In stiller nacht; Petite Nymphe; WPA spot; The Turtle Dove, sung by tenor soloist and chorus; The Springtime of the Year; Revecy Venir du Printans.
Program No. 3 Works Progress Administration Presents New York State Symphonic Band 1937 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_090)
Overture to The Magic Flute; WPA spot; Intermezzo from A Dream
Program No. 4 Works Progress Administration Presents Juanita Hall Choir 1937 - folk songs and spirituals, by soloists with mixed chorus without accompaniment (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_091)
Way over in Beulah Land; The blin' man stood on the road an' cried, arranged by Charles Ford; Walk together Children; WPA spot; Scandalize my Name; Sit down Servant; The ol' ark's a moverin'
Program No. 5 Works Progress Administration Presents [the] Manhattan Concert Band 1937 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_092)
Marche from Scenes Pittoresques; Overture to The Bohemian Girl; WPA spot; Slavonic Dance no. 1
Program No. 6 Works Progress Administration Presents Federal Music Project Chamber Orchestra 1937 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_093)
Overture to L'isola Disabitata; WPA spot; Overture to The Magic Flute
Program No. 7 Works Progress Administration Presents New York State Symphonic Band 1937 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_094)
Dance of the Zingarella; WPA spot; Symphony no. 4, Finale
Program No. 8 Works Progress Administration Presents the Madrigal Singers 1937 - mixed chorus without accompanimen (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_095)
Clorinda False, Adieu; O vos omnes; Willy, Prithee go to bed; WPA spot; Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John; Die Harmonie in der Eehe; Oh Jesus, Tender Shepherd, Hear.
Program No. 9 Works Progress Administration Presents [the] Manhattan Concert Band 1937 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_096)
Aires Andaluces; WPA spot; Polish dance No. 1, Op. 3
Program No. 10 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Grand Opera Group 1937 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_097)
Fernando del Nonsentsico, selections from Act 1 and 3, sung in English. Potentially the only known recording of the work. This is first broadcasting. Announcer gives synopsis of plot.; WPA spot.
Program No. 11 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra 1937 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_098)
A night in Madrid; WPA spot; Scherzo, At the Fireside, from Symphony No. 1
Program No. 12 Works Progress Administration Presents Mexican Orchestra and Chorus 1937 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_099)
Overture Torre del oro; Me voy para Mexico, rumba (I'm leaving for Mexico City); WPA spot; Hermosas Fuentes, Mexican folk song (Fountain of Love); Jarana Yucateca, Mexican cowboy air.
Program No. 13 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra 1937 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_100)
Dream music from Hansel and Gretel; WPA spot; Suite for strings: Sarabande; Gigue; Badinerie
Program No. 14 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Colored Chorus 1937 - chorus with piano accompaniment (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_101)
Hallelujah chorus from "The Messiah"; O Holy Virgin from "Fra Diavolo"; WPA spot; I Feel a Song Comin' On, uncredited tenor solo; Didn't it Rain from "Noah"; My Lord, What a Morning, Where Shall I Be; John Henry, from production "John Henry".
Program No. 15 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Artist Recital 1937 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_102)
Ave Maria, sung by Georgellen Ferguson [?] soprano, Duche Karakiavo [?] violin; Invictus, sung by Charles Henry DuLaplatte [?] basso cantante, uncredited piano accompaniment; WPA spot; Largo al Factotum, from "Barber of Seville", sung by Raphaelle D'Angeles [?] baritone; Vesti la Giubba, from "Pagliacci", sung by Enrico Martinelli tenor, Margaret Reynolds, piano; None but the Lonely Heart, sung by Georgellen Ferguson [?] soprano, Duche Karakiavo [?] violin.
Program No. 16 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Federal Symphony Orchestra 1937 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_103)
Nocturne, from Midsummer Night's Dream; WPA spot; Waltz of the Flower (Valse des fleurs), from The Nutcracker Suite
Program No. 17 Works Progress Administration Presents the Los Angeles Concert Band 1937 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_104)
Overture Baroque, Van Valkenburg [?] composer; Irish Patrol; WPA spot; University of Arizona March
Program No. 18 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Federal Symphony 1937 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_105)
Tone poem: Humanitas, part 1 and 2. With comments by the composer via announcer.
Program No. 19 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles [A] Capella Choir 1937 - folk songs and spirituals, choral (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_106)
Summer is a Coming In (Old English Air), sung in round form, men's & women's choruses; The Lord's Prayer, completely different version of the music, mixed chorus; WPA spot; All through the Night (Welsh Air), men's & women's choruses; Dark Water (Negro Spiritual), mixed chorus.
Program No. 20 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Federal Symphony 1937 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_107)
Prelude to Afternoon of a Faun (announced as Afternoon of a Faun); WPA spot; Praeludium
Program No. 21 Works Progress Administration Presents Mexican Orchestra and Chorus 1937 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_108)
Marcha Mejico, orchestra, dedicated to the Mexico City Police Band; The Rodeo (El Jaripeo), orchestra with men's & women's choruses, chanting & singing; Ask of the Stars, Beloved (Pregúntale a las estrellas), orchestra with men's & women's choruses; WPA spot; La Marimba, orchestra with men's and women's choruses; La Huasteca, orchestra.
Program No. 22 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra 1937 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_109)
Banjo Picker, from Suite of "Piano Pieces"; WPA spot; The Hero, from the Chinese Symphonic suite Prince Su Ming Wang (announcer says Su Wing Wang)
Program No. 23 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Colored Chorus 1937 - folk songs and spirituals, solo and choral, with piano accompaniment (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_110)
O, Southland, interpolated with unnamed S. Foster songs, sung by men's & women's chorus with piano accompaniment, uncredited soprano soloist; Great Day, sung by choruses with piano accompaniment; WPA spot; Steal Away, sung by men's & women's chorus, uncredited tenor solo, a capella; Every Time I Feel the Spirit, sung by choruses with piano accompaniment, uncredited female soloist.
Program No. 24 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra 1937 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_111)
Overture to the Merry Wives of Windsor; WPA spot; Suite for Strings, 1st movement Sarabande; Suite for Strings, 3rd movement Badinerie
Program No. 25 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Folk Lore Choir 1937 - folk songs of various countries, choral and solo, with piano accompaniment (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_112)
Italian Peasant Song, sung in Italian; The Virgin of the Angels (La vergine degli angeli) from La Forza del Destino, sung in Italian; Australia (Sea Shanty); WPA spot; Drink to me only withThine eyes (Traditional Air); Why Should I Worry (Russian 'Gypsy' air), sung in Russian; Good Boy (Russian 'Gypsy' air), sung in Russian.
Program No. 26 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra 1937 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_113)
Prelude to Tristan and Isolde; WPA spot; Badinerie, from The Suite for Strings
Program No. 27 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles [A] Capella Choir 1937 - madrigals and hymns, by men's, women's and mixed choruses (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_114)
Sing we enchanted, madrigal; My love dwelt in a northern land; WPA spot; Create in my a pure heart, based on 51st Psalm; Grant unto me the joy of thy salvation, based on 51st Psalm.
Program No. 28 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra 1937 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_115)
Overture to Le baruffe chiozzotte; WPA spot; Andante cantabile for strings
Program No. 29 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Federal Symphony Orchestra 1937 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_116)
Overture to Oberon; WPA spot; Dance of the Reed Flute (Danse des mirlitons), from the Nutcracker suite; Trepak, from the Nutcracker suite
Program No. 30 Works Progress Administration Presents Federal Music Project Chamber Orchestra 1937 - excepts from Gluck's operas (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_117)
Don Juan; Air Gai and Lento, from "Iphigenia in Aulis"; Dance of the blessed spirits, from "Orpheus"; Air, from "Iphigenia in Aulis"; Sicilienne, from "Armide"; WPA spot; Air de Ballet, Suite No. 4.
Program No. 31 Works Progress Administration Presents New York Federal Symphony Orchestra 1937 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_118)
Overture to Prometheus; WPA spot; Invitation to the Dance
Program No. 32 Works Progress Administration Presents [the] Manhattan Concert Band 1937 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_119)
Dance of the Bayaderes, from "Feramors"; WPA spot; Slavonic Rhapsody
Program No. 33 Works Progress Administration Presents Federal Music Project Chamber Orchestra 1937 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_120)
Symphony in F Minor, La Passione: Adagio; Allegro di Molto, Minuet e Trio; Finale Presto: WPA spot
Program No. 34 Works Progress Administration Presents Ensemble Romantique 1937 - string/wind ensemble (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_121)
Lydia Savitsaya, harp; Gita Rosova, violin; George Lisitski, flute; and Herman Levine, violoncello. Gavotte; Les tendres reproches; Folk Dance of Brittany (Tambourin); WPA spot; Sarabande; Musette; Dance Minuet.
Program No. 35 Works Progress Administration Presents New York Federal Symphony Orchestra 1937 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_122)
Overture to Le Cid; WPA spot on live WPA music concerts; Andante Cantabile, from String quartet in D
Program No. 36 Works Progress Administration Presents Federal Music Project Chamber Orchestra 1937 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_123)
Overture to Coriolanus, Op. 62; WPA spot; The Last Spring
Program No. 37 Works Progress Administration Presents Forum String Quartet of Boston 1937 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_124)
Contrapunctus no. 11, from The Art of the Fugue; WPA spot; First movement: Allegro spiritoso, from Quartet in F major
Program No. 38 Works Progress Administration Presents State Symphony of Boston 1937 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_125)
Choral Prelude: Jesu Meine Freude, arranged for strings by Weston L. Brannon [?]; WPA spot; Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, arranged for orchestra by Joseph Zita [?]
Program No. 39 Works Progress Administration Presents Modern Rhythm Ensemble of Boston 1937 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_126)
Selections from The Red Mill; WPA spot; Unter dem Lindenbaum, waltz for orchestra; I love Life; art song. Performed by orchestra, men's & women's choruses, and soloists.
Program No. 40 Works Progress Administration Presents Commonwealth Symphony and State Chorus [of Boston] 1937 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_127)
Excerpts from The Eighth Beatitude sung in English: "Blessed are those that are persecuted"; WPA spot at midpoint; performed by orchestra, chorus, mezzo-soprano soloist, baritone soloist.
Program No. 41 Works Progress Administration Presents Forum String Quartet of Boston 1937 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_128)
Romanze (poco adagio) from Strung Quartet in C minor, Op. 51; WPA spot; Finale from Strung Quartet in C minor, Op. 51
Program No. 42 Works Progress Administration Presents State Symphony of Boston 1937 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_129)
Scherzo from Symphony No. 2; WPA spot; A New England Rhapsody (announced as A New Hampshire Rhapsody)
Program No. 43 Works Progress Administration Presents Modern Rhythm Ensemble of Boston 1937 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_130)
Marie, female soloist with orchestra; My Moonlight Madonna, orchestra, female soloist, mixed chorus; WPA spot; Fugue and variations in modern rhythm, orchestra; Hallelujah, from "Hit the Deck", orchestra, female soloist, men's and women's choruses, cornet solos.
Program No. 44 Works Progress Administration Presents Women's Symphony of Boston 1937 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_131)
Heart wounds; WPA spot; Henry the Eighth: Morris Dance, Shepherd's Dance, Torch Dance
1938 season
Program No. 45 Works Progress Administration Presents American Folk Singers of Boston 1938 - folk songs and spirituals (listed on disc as "Negro spirituals") (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_132)
King Jesus is a-listening, mixed chorus a capella; That Great gettin' up morning, male soloist with mixed chorus a capella; WPA spot; Chillun, come on home, mixed chorus a capella; Go down, Moses, men's & women's choruses a capella.
Program No. 46 Works Progress Administration Presents Commonwealth Symphony and State Chorus of Boston 1938 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_133)
Excerpts from Carmen. Concert recital format: orchestra, chorus, and soloists. Cigarette Girls Chorus; WPA spot; Factory Chorus; Gypsy song.
Program No. 47 Works Progress Administration Presents Modern Rhythm Ensemble of Boston 1938 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_134)
Orchestra, men's chorus, women's chorus, soloists. Why Do I Love You?, from Showboat; St. Louis Blues; WPA spot; Me, Myself, and I; Twilight in Turkey.
Program No. 48 Works Progress Administration Presents State Symphony of Boston 1938 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_135)
Carnival overture; WPA spot; Ronde d'amour
Program No. 49 Works Progress Administration Presents Modern Rhythm Ensemble of Boston 1938 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_136)
Time on my hands, concert arrangement by Bert Koulter [?]; Auf Wiedersehn, from The Blue Paradise, orchestra, male & female soloists, chorus; WPA spot; Stardust on the moon, orchestra, chorus, female soloist; Singing a Song to the Stars, orchestra, chorus, female soloist.
Program No. 50 Works Progress Administration Presents Forum String Quartet of Boston 1938 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_137)
String Quartet, Op. 44, No. 1: Andante Espressivo Ma Con Moto, 3rd movement; WPA spot; String Quartet, Op. 44, No. 1: Molto Allegro Vivace, 1st movement.
Oversize 1 Program No. 51 Works Progress Administration Presents Commonwealth Symphony and State Chorus of Boston 1938 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_138)
Excerpts from Mendelssohn's Hymn of Praise: The Night is Departing; Let All Men Praise the Lord; WPA spot; Ye Nations Offer to the Lord, orchestra, men's & women's choruses, soloists.
Program No. 52 Works Progress Administration Presents State Symphony of Boston 1938 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_139)
The Frogs of Aristophanes, comedy overture, first American broadcast; WPA spot; March of the Little Lead Soldiers
Program No. 53 Works Progress Administration Presents Forum String Quartet of Boston 1938 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_140)
Lento, from String quartet, Op. 96; WPA spot; Allegretto, from Creole quartet
Program No. 54 Works Progress Administration Presents [the] Manhattan Concert Band 1938 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_141)
Entrance and March of the Peers, from Iolanthe; The Whisperings of the Flowers; WPA spot; Concerto for Euphonium
Program No. 55 Works Progress Administration Presents Commonwealth Symphony and State Chorus of Boston 1938 - selections from Haydn's The Creation (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_142)
Performed by orchestra with 65 instruments, 125-voice chorus, soloists. In the Beginning God Created, recitative, baritone with orchestra and men's & women's choruses, tenor; Now Vanish Before the Holy Beams; WPA spot; On The Each Living Soul Awaits; Achieved is the Glorious Work.
Program No. 56 Works Progress Administration Presents [the] Manhattan Concert Band 1938 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_143)
Overture to Alfieri's 'Saul'; WPA spot; Spring Time, waltz intermezzo
Program No. 57 Works Progress Administration Presents [the] Manhattan Concert Band 1938 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_144)
Overture to The Magic Flute; WPA spot; Danse Macabre, Op. 40
Program No. 58 Works Progress Administration Presents [the] Madrigal Singers 1938 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_145)
A capella singing. Hark, all ye lovely saints above; Harmonious Wedlock (Die harmonie in der ehe); Eloquent (Die beredsam keit); WPA spot; O Jesus Tender Shepherd (Ach lieber herre Jesus Christ); In Silent Night (In stille nacht); Matona, Mia Cara.
Program No. 59 Works Progress Administration Presents [tha] Manhattan Concert Band 1938 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_146)
Overture to Pique Dame; WPA spot; Malaguena, from Boabdil
Program No. 60 Works Progress Administration Presents Federal Symphony Orchestra 1938 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_147)
Symphony No. 4 in A major, Andante movement; WPA spot; Dance of the Flutes from The Nutcracker; Czar's journey from The Czar Su Han.
Program No. 61 Works Progress Administration Presents Manhattan Concert Band 1938 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_148)
Waldmere March; WPA spot; Overture to The Sicilian Vespers
Program No. 62 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Federal Symphony 1938 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_149)
Excerpts from Lenox Avenue suite, commissioned by CBS Radio: Street Scene; A Flirtation; Fight; Intervention of the Law; Dancing Boys; WPA spot; Dancing Drunkard; The Philosopher.
Program No. 63 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Federal Symphony and Colored Chorus 1938 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_150)
Excerpts from Lenox Avenue Suite, performed by men's and women's choruses: The Mission; WPA spot; The House Rent Party; The Orator; The Finale.
Program No. 64 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Federal Symphony and Grand Opera Chorus 1938 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_151)
Ave Maria from "Othello", Margaret Tietge [?] soloist with orchestra; WPA spot; Prelude to Act 3 of Lohengrin, Wedding Song, orchestra, mixed chorus, women's chorus.
Program No. 65 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Federal Symphony and Grand Opera Chorus 1938 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_152)
Prelude from Lohengrin, tenor, soprano, and basso soloists, mixed chorus, orchestra; WPA spot; King's Prayer, Finale to Act 1 from Lohengrin, Sten Englund [?] basso, orchestra.
Program No. 66 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Light Opera Chorus and Orchestra 1938 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_153)
Excerpts from the Mikado: If You Want to Know Who We Are; A wandering Minstrel, I; WPA spot; Young Man, Despair; Three little girls are we (Three maids from school); So please you sir, we much regret.
Program No. 67 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Light Opera Chorus and Orchestra 1938 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_154)
Excerpts frpm the Mikado, Act 2: Braid the Raven Hair; Madrigal: Brightly Dawns our Wedding Day; Entrance of Mikado and Katisha; A more humane Mikado; WPA spot; The Flowers that bloom in the Spring; Finale, Act 2: For he's gone and married Yum-Yum; The Threatened Cloud has Passed Away.
Program No. 68 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Federal Symphony 1938 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_155)
Largo and Minuette from Symphony no. 13 in D major; WPA spot; Traumerei
Program No. 69 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Colored Chorus 1938 - folk songs and spirituals (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_156)
Joshua fit the Battle of Jericho, piano, soloists, mixed choruses; Climbin' up the Mountain Children, a capella; You may bury me in the East, female soloist with mixed chorus, a capella; WPA spot; Sinners, please, don't let this Harvest Pass, piano, men's & women's choruses; Nobody knows the Trouble I've seen, soloists, men's & women's choruses, a capella; Where shall I be when that first trumpet sounds, mixed chorus, piano.
Program No. 70 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Light Opera Orchestra and Colored Chorus 1938 - selections from Fra Diavolo (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_157)
Opening Soldier's Chorus; Duet between Innkeeper's daughter Zarlina and soldier lover Lorenzo; Finale to Act 1; WPA spot; Duet between Zarlina and robber chief Fra Diavolo; Zarlina's aria; Bandits Trio; Prayer; Romanza; Finale - Victoria.
Program No. 71 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Federal Symphony 1938 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_158)
Symphonic fantasia; WPA spot; Finale from Symphony No. 13 in D major, Finale
Program No. 72 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Light Opera Orchestra and Chorus 1938 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_159)
Excerpts from H.M.S. Pinafore: Opening Chorus, orchestra; I'm Called Little Buttercup, soprano, orchestra; A Maiden Fair to See, tenor, chorus, orchestra; I am the Captain of the Pinafore, bass, chorus, orchestra; WPA spot; Refrain Audacious Tar, soprano, tenor, orchestra; Finale of Act 1, mixed chorus, orchestra.
Program No. 73 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Swing Orchestra 1938 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_160)
Basin Street Blues, Jimmy Briggs [?] vocalist, trumpet break; WPA spot; Medley composed of Confessin', The Very Thought of You, & Moonglow; Blue Skies, in the Modern Manner; instrumental with trumpet, clarinet, and sax breaks.
Program No. 74 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Federal Symphony and Grand Opera Chorus 1938 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_161)
Coronation Scene from Boris Godunov, tenor, chorus, orchestra; WPA spot; Selections from Festival Mass: Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, sung in Latin.
Program No. 75 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Light Opera Orchestra and Chorus 1938 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_162)
Excerpts from H.M.S. Pinafore: Bell Trio; Carefully on Tiptoe Stealing; WPA spot; Farewell, my Own, tenor, soprano, orchestra, mixed chorus; Grand Finale, entire company.
Program No. 76 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Federal Symphony 1938 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_163)
Overture to Die Meistersinger; WPA spot; Elegy
Program No. 77 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Colored Chorus 1938 - folk songs and spirituals (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_164)
I ain't gonna study war no more (a.k.a. Down by the Riverside), a capella, mixed chorus; Sooner Will Be Done, a capella, mixed chorus, tenor soloist; Daniel saw the stone, a capella, mixed chorus; WPA spot; One morning soon, a capella, male chorus; See four and twenty elders, a capella, male chorus; Some of these days; a capella, male & female choruses.
Program No. 78 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Federal Symphony [and Grand Opera Chorus] 1938 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_165)
Nocturne; WPA spot; Allegro con Grazia from Symphony No. 6, 2nd movement
Program No. 79 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Colored Chorus 1938 - spirituals and popular songs (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_166)
Musical setting for Shakespeare's Hamlet's Soliloquy, chorus, soloist reading; The chariot's done come and swing low, A Swing spiritual, chorus, piano accompaniment, soloists; WPA spot; Raise a ruckus tonight, chorus, soloist, a capella; Someone stole Gabriel's Horn, soloist, chorus, piano accompaniment; St. Louis Blues, soloist, chorus, piano accompaniment.
Program No. 80 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Federal Symphony 1938 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_167)
The young prince and the young princess from Scheherazade, 3rd movement; WPA spot; St. Paul suite for strings: Ostinato
Program No. 81 Works Progress Administration Presents Los Angeles Swing Orchestra 1938 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_168)
Duke Ellington Medley: Black and Tan Fantasy, Solitude, Mood Indigo, Sophisticated Lady; Sweet is the word for you; WPA spot; My Last Affair, Chick Green [?] vocalist; All Alone.
1939 season
Program No. 1 Saxophone Sextette of Boston 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_169)
Russian rag; Chitarra romana; Ghost dance; WPA spot; June in January, from movie "Here is my Heart"; Midnight in a madhouse
Program No. 2 Madrigal Singers of Boston 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_170)
Glory to God; Woland [?]; Io mi son giovinetta; WPA spot; Echo song; Autumn Winds, Russian folk song: Autumn Winds; Now is the time of Maying
Program No. 3 Modern Rhythm Ensemble [and Chorus] of Boston 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_171)
Deep Purple; Love's Old Sweet song, a.k.a. Just a Song at Twilight, chorus, orchestra, tenor soloist; WPA spot; I See Your Face Before Me, from Broadway show "Between the Devil", chorus, orchestra.
Program No. 4 American Folk Singers of Boston 1939 - folk songs and spirituals (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_172)
My Lord's Gonna move this Wicked Race, a capella, mixed chorus; I Want to Be Ready, a capella, mixed chorus, soloists; Live Humble, a capella, mixed chorus, soloists; WPA spot; Hold Out Your Light, a capella, mixed chorus; I ain't gonna study war no more, a.k.a. Down by the Riverside; a capella, mixed chorus, soloists.
Program No. 5 Boston State Symphony 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_173)
Piedmontese Dance; WPA spot; Finale from Symphony No. 4
Program No. 6 Saxophone Sextette of Boston 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_174)
I'm getting sentimental over you; The dipsy doodle; WPA spot; Valse Melodic, by Harry La Forest composer; Begin the Beguine, from Jubilee
Program No. 7 Southland Singers 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_175)
Hold On, soloist, mixed chorus, a capella; Bye and Bye, chorus, a capella; Heaven, chorus, a capella; WPA spot; There's Twelve Gates to the City, soloist and mixed choruses, a capella; Mary and Martha, mixed chorus, a capella; Stand the Scorn; mixed chorus, a capella.
Program No. 8 Manhattan Concert Band 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_176)
Overture to Le calife de Bagdad (The Caliph of Baghdad); WPA spot; Treasure Waltz, from The Gypsy Baron
Program No. 9 Commonwealth Symphony and Chorus of Boston 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_177)
Excerpts from Cavalleria Rusticana: Blossoms of oranges; Crack goes the whiplash; WPA spot; Chapel scene
Program No. 10 New York Civic Symphony 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_178)
On [in] the steppes of Central Asia; WPA spot; Dance of the Russian Sailors, from The Red Poppy
Program No. 11 Negro Melody Singers of New York 1939 - folk songs and spirituals (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_179)
Sun don't set in the mornin'; Bones, come a knittin'; WPA spot; Plenty good room; No condemnation; Ride on, Jesus
Program No. 12 String Quartette of New York 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_180)
Quartet in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4, 1st Movement; WPA spot; Molly on the Shore. Performers: Milton Lang [?] violin; Kalman Fleisig [?] viola; Herman Krupkoff [?] cello.
Program No. 13 Madrigal Singers of New York 1939 - folk songs (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_181)
Oh, Susanna; Listen to the Mocking Bird; Poor Wayfaring Stranger, WPA spot; Brother Green, civil war mountaineers song, a capella with male & female soloists; Don't You Weep no More, Mary, Negro folk song; Old Hillbilly Roundelay: She'll be Coming Round the Mountain, a capella chorus with baritone.
Program No. 14 Federal Symphony of New York 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_182)
March from "Le coq d'or"; Dance d'esclaves from Les Troyens Ballet; WPA spot; Waltz from Swan Lake suite
Program No. 15 String Quartette of New York 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_183)
Allegro non troppo from Quartet in A minor, Op. 51, No. 2; WPA spot; Romantic serenade, arranged for strings. Performers: Milton Lang [?] violin; Kalman Fleisig [?] viola; Herman Krupkoff [?] cello.
Program No. 16 Madrigal Singers of New York 1939 - folk songs, including some Christmas (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_184)
Patapan, old French Christmas carol; The Dark Eyed Sailor, English folk song; Springtime of the Year, English folk song; WPA spot; Whither runneth my sweetheart, sung by duet with piano - Mable Barryman [?] soprano and James Selwood [?] tenor; The Turtle Dove, baritone, chorus, piano; Wassail or Drinking Song.
Program No. 17 Federal Symphony of New York 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_185)
Prelude to La Deluge, Op. 45, Harry Nidel [?] violinist; WPA spot; Overture to Le roi l'a dit
Program No. 18 Negro Melody Singers of New York 1939 - spirituals by mixed chorus and soloists (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_186)
Freedom, oh Freedom; Keep Me from sinkin' Down; Keep on a Runnin'; WPA spot; Oh Holy Land; He is King of Kings.
Program No. 19 New York Civic Symphony 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_187)
Dance of the sylphs from Damnation of Faust; WPA spot; Polovtsian dances from "Prince Igor"
Program No. 20 Modern Rhythm Ensemble and Chorus of Boston 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_188)
Malagueña from Andalucía; WPA spot; Western Overture: Home on the Range; Rolling Plains; Grand Canyon Suite: On The Trail; Empty Saddles from movie "Rhythm on the Range", soloist, orchestra, chorus; Pony Boy; I'm an Old Cowhand, from movie "Rhythm on the Range", chorus, orchestra; Home on the Range, reprise, soloist, chorus, orchestra.
Program No. 21 Commonwealth Symphony and State Chorus of Boston 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_189)
Excerpts from I Pagliacci: Instrumental Prologue; Bell Chorus, orchestra, tenor, choruses sung in English; WPA spot; Introduction to the Act 2; Excerpts from the Act 2; Finale.
Program No. 22 Southland Singers of Boston 1939 - spirituals (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_190)
I Ain't Gonna Study War No More (Down by the Riverside), soloist, mixed chorus; Father Lazarus; I can't Sit Down; WPA spot; Oh Lord! Have Mercy on Me; Climbing Up the Mountain.
Program No. 23 State Symphony of Boston 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_191)
Allegretto, 2nd movement from Symphony No. 7; WPA spot; Chinese March, from Mother Goose suite
Program No. 24 Manhattan Concert Band of New York 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_192)
Prelude in G Minor; Punchinello, Op. 38; WPA spot; Overture to Martha
Program No. 25 Negro Melody Singers of New York 1939 - folk songs and spirituals (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_193)
Poor Old Lazarus; I Feel Like My Time Ain't Long, soloist, chorus; Babylon's Fallen to Rise No More, soloist, mixed chorus; WPA spot; Cotton Song of the Levee, soloist, mixed chorus; Little Lize, I Love You, soloist, mixed chorus.
Program No. 26 State Symphony of Boston 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_194)
Overture to The Barber of Seville; WPA spot; Waltz, from Serenade for Strings, Op. 48
Program No. 27 New York Civic Symphony 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_195)
Slavonic Dance in E Minor; Deems Taylor, music composer and critic, address regarding WPA Federal Music Program; Adagio from Symphony no. 2 in C Major.
Program No. 28 Federal Symphony Orchestra of N.Y. 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_196)
Overture to Ruy Blas, Op. 95; Address by Dr. Thomas Parran Jr. regarding the effectiveness of the WPA program on health in general; Fandango, Op. 51, No. 2.
Program No. 29 Manhattan Concert Band 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_197)
Mignonette; La danse des Demoiselles; Egyptian Dance; Charles Taussig address: A Business Man's View on the Work of the WPA; fragment of March Independentia.
Program No. 30 New York Civic Orchestra 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_198)
Minuet des Follets, from the Damnation of Faust; Dorothy Canfield Fisher, author on what she thinks of the work of the WPA; Last Spring (announced as Spring).
Program No. 31 Federal Symphony Orchestra of N.Y. 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_199)
Nanie; Mr. Charles W. Taussig address: A Business Man's View on the Work of the WPA; Waltz in D major.
Program No. 32 Manhattan Concert Band 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_200)
Overture to Il Guarany; Mr. Charles D. Maginnis, architect, address: on the Work of the WPA in the Architectural field; King Over All, Scanton [?] composer
Program No. 33 American Folk Singers of Boston 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_201)
Good News, mixed chorus, soloists, a capella; Deep River, mixed chorus, a capella; Do Lord, Remember Me, mixed chorus; Hold On, mixed chorus, soloists, a capella; WPA spot; Witness for My Lord, mixed chorus, soloist, a capella.
Program No. 34 Federal Symphony Orchestra of N.Y. 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_202)
Overture to Egmont; WPA spot; The Dance
Program No. 35 Negro Melody Singers of New York 1939 - folk songs and spirituals (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_203)
Leanin' on the Lord, men & women's choruses, soloist, arranged by Johnson Brice [?]; That Suits Me, men & women's choruses, mixed chorus, soloist; Where Shall I Go to Ease My Troubled Mind?, men & women's choruses, mixed chorus, soloist; WPA spot; E-I-O, mixed chorus, soloist, clapping, southern children's play song; Won't You Be a Witness for My Lord, mixed choruses, soloists; Good News, Chariot's Comin', mixed choruses, soloist.
Program No. 36 New York Civic Orchestra 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_204)
Elegy, from the String Serenade; WPA spot; A La Balalaika, from the Opera Vengeance
Program No. 37 Madrigal Singers of New York 1939 - folk songs, solo and chorus (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_205)
Burman Lover (aka The Little Canoe); Lilly Dale, sung by James Silwood [?] tenor; chorus, piano; WPA spot; The Monkey's Wedding, folk song; Lovely Fan (aka Buffalo Gals), sung by Norman Bloom, bass soloist; Frankie and Johnnie.
Program No. 38 Federal Symphony Orchestra of N.Y. 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_206)
Overture to Der Freischutz; WPA spot; Waltz, from Sleeping Beauty
Program No. 39 Federal Symphony Orchestra of Los Angeles 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_207)
Excerpts from Bizet's Carmen: Introduction to Act II; Entr'acte music to Act IV; WPA spot; Festival music from Act IV; L'Arlesienne Suite No. 1: Aubade; Farandole.
Program No. 40 Grand Opera Chorus and Orchestra of Los Angeles 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_208)
Excerpts from Bizet's Carmen: Micaela's Prayer Aria, Laura Saunders soloist; Smoking Chorus; WPA spot; Festive March of the Toreros (Entr'acte to Act IV).
Program No. 41 Los Angeles Dance Band 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_209)
Goodbye, instrumental; My Reverie, instrumental; WPA spot; The Dance of the Hours, a rhythm novelty; I've Got a Pocketfull of Dreams, instrumental from movie "Sing you Sinner".
Program No. 42 Light Opera Company of Los Angeles 1939 - selections from Chimes of Normandy (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_210)
On Billow Rocking, Joseph Sullivan soloist; The Legend of the Bells, Rena Case soloist; WPA spot, With Joy in My Heart, Tom Glynn soloist; By his Side, Rena Case soloist; Quartette; Finale.
Program No. 43 Light Opera Company of Los Angeles 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_211)
Excerpts from Act II of Die Fledermaus, with soloists, chorus, and orchestra: Couplets, Joseph Sullivan soloist; Czardas, sung by Rena Case soloist; WPA spot; Finale.
Program No. 44 Los Angeles Dance Band 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_212)
Tio San, instrumental; Music Maestro, Please, Jack Hershong [?] soloist; WPA spot; Song of India, instrumental; Dusk in Upper Sandusky, instrumental.
Program No. 45 Federal Symphony Orchestra of Los Angeles 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_213)
Maestoso-moderato, 1st movement from the Concerto Grosso in D minor; WPA spot; Idyll for Strings
Program No. 46 Federal Symphony of Los Angeles 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_214)
Blue Danube waltz; WPA spot; Interlude from Gettysburg
Program No. 47 Federal Symphony Orchestra of Los Angeles 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_215)
Final movement from the Concerto grosso in D minor; WPA spot; Finale to Symphony no. 4
Program No. 48 Federal Symphony Orchestra of Los Angeles 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_216)
Second movement to Symphony no. 4; WPA spot; Chinese Dance from the Nutcracker Suite; Perpetuum mobile, Op. 257
Program No. 49 Grand Opera Chorus and Orchestra of Los Angeles 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_217)
Excerpts from Bizet's Carmen: The Card Song; Gypsy Quintet; WPA spot; Toreador Song
Program No. 50 Oratorio Chorus and Federal Symphony Orchestra of Los Angeles 1939 - selections from Les Béatitudes by César Franck (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_218)
Voice of Christ singing: Blessed he Who from Earthly Dreams Awakening, Turns his Heart from Worldly Pride, sung by Fritz Smith soloist [?]; WPA spot; Béatitudes No. 8: Stricken with Sorrow, Sad Watch I am Keeping, sung by Eunice Elder [?] soloist, and Charles De La Platte [?] soloist.
Program No. 51 Federal Symphony of Los Angeles 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_219)
Second movement from the Concerto Grosso in D minor, arranged by Zilude [?]; WPA spot; Rondo Capriccioso in A minor, Op. 28, Eunice Wintermar [?] soloist.
Program No. 52 Federal Symphony Orchestra of Los Angeles 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_220)
Symphony no. 2, second movement; WPA spot; Symphony no. 2, third movement, Allegretto
Program No. 53 Los Angeles Colored Chorus 1939 - folk songs and spirituals (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_221)
Sooner Will be done with the Troubles of the World; Three on Record, Eddie Jones, composer [?]; No More Auction Block; WPA spot; Amen Chorus, male soloist, chorus; Tell Jesus, men & women's mixed choruses, soloist, piano accompaniment.
Program No. 54 Federal Symphony Orchestra 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_222)
Prelude to La Déluge; WPA spot; Overture to Le roi l'a dit
Program No. 55 Federal Symphony Orchestra 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_223)
March, from Le coq d'or; Dance d'esclaves, from Les Troyens ballet; WPA spot; Waltz, from Swan Lake suite
Program No. 56 [Forum] String Quartette 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_224)
First movement from the Quartet in C minor, Opus 18, No. 4: allegro, ma non tanto; Col. Francis C. Harrington on the WPA; Molly on the Shore, Irish reel. Individual players uncredited.
Program No. 57 Federal Symphony Orchestra 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_225)
Overture to Ruy Blas, Op. 95; speech by John M. Carmody, Administrator Federal Works Agency; Fandango, Op. 51 No. 2.
Program No. 58 Madrigal Singers 1939 - folk songs, including some Christmas (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_226)
Patapan, French Christmas carol sung in English; The Dark-eyed Sailor; The Springtime of the Year; Talk on the WPA and European War by Howard O. Hunter, Deputy WPA commissioner; Whither Runneth My Sweetheart, tenor/soprano, piano accompaniment; The Turtle Dove (The Wassail Song).
Program No. 59 Civic Orchestra 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_227)
Slavonic Dance in E minor; Talk by Corrington Gill, Assistant Commissioner of WPA; Adagio, from Symphony No. 2, incomplete performance.
Program No. 60 Concert Band 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_228)
Overture to Caliph of Baghdad; Talk on WPA Engineering by Major Bartley M. Harloe, Assistant Commissioner; Treasure Waltz from The Gypsy Baron.
Program No. 61 Federal Symphony 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_229)
Overture to Egmont; Talk on Women in the WPA by Florence S. Kerr, Assistant Commissioner; The Dance.
Oversize 1 Program No. 62 Federal Symphony 1939 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_230)
Overture to Der Freischütz; Talk by Colonel H. W. Clark, Commissioner of of the Public Works Administration; Waltz, from Sleeping Beauty.
1940 season
Program No. 1 Mass. [Massachusetts] WPA Symphony Orchestra 1940 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_231)
Overture to Secret of Suzanne; Talk by Edward Bruce, Chief of Fine Arts Sectional (dubbed); Island Sketches - Vision of Capri.
Program No. 2 WPA Madrigal Singers of Boston 1940 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_232)
Alleluia! Today is Christ Risen; Matona, Mia Cara; Mon coeur se recommande A Vous (My heart commends itself to thee); Talk by W. E. Reynolds, Commissioner of Public buildings; La Pastorella (What shall we give the little shepherdess); Come Away Sweet Love and Play Thee.
Program No. 3 Mass. [Massachusetts] WPA Symphony Orchestra 1940 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_233)
Selections of 2nd and 4th movements from Concerti Grossi for String, Op. 1; Talk by Nathan Straus, Administrator United States Housing Authority; Scherzo from 3rd movement from Symphony No. 4.
Program No. 4 WPA Madrigal Singers of Boston 1940 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_234)
In mirth and in gladness; In these delightful pleasant groves; Talk by Thomas H. McDonald, Commissioner Public Roads administrator (dubbed); Spring is here again, sung in French; Sweet Nymphs that trip Along.
Program No. 5 Mass. [Massachusetts] WPA Symphony Orchestra 1940 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_235)
Rêverie, from Suite Bergamasque; Talk by Mayor Harold H. Burton of Cleveland (dubbed); Island Sketches - Sicilian Autumn.
Program No. 6 WPA Madrigal Singers of Boston 1940 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_236)
Cantate Domino; Die Beredsamkeit (drinking song "Eloquence"); Talk by Florence Kerr, Assistant Commissioner; Sweet Honey Sucking Bees.
Program No. 7 Mass. [Massachusetts] WPA Symphony Orchestra 1940 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_237)
Introduction to Golden Cockerel; Talk by Colonel Francis C. Harrington, Commissioner; Polonaise from Christmas Eve suite.
Program No. 8 WPA Southland Singers of Boston 1940 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_238)
Poor Mourner got Home at Last; Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child; Talk by Major Bartley M. Harloe, Assistant Commissioner; My Lord what a Morning.
Program No. 9 Mass. [Massachusetts] WPA Symphony Orchestra 1940 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_239)
Excerpts from the ballet Le Cid; Talk by Dr. Paul de Kruif, Author; Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D Major with organ.
Program No. 10 WPA Madrigal Singers of Boston 1940 - psalms, sacred music, folk songs (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_240)
Praise God in His Holy Temple, 150th Psalm (En son temple), sung in French; Oh Great Mystery (O Magnum Misterium), sung in French; Talk by Corrington Gill, Assistant Commissioner; If I Must Die I Will Die of Love, sung in French; Fair Phyllis I Saw Sitting All Along, sung in English.
Program No. 11 Mass. [Massachusetts] WPA Symphony Orchestra 1940 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_241)
Excerpts from Suite in B minor: Rondeau; Bouree; Badinerie; Talk by Howard O. Hunter, Deputy Commissioner; The Bridal Procession from Le coq d'or.
Program No. 12 WPA Southland Singers of Boston 1940 - folk songs and spirituals (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_242)
Were you There?; Satisfied with Jesus, Gospel Hymn; Talk by Florence Kerr, Assistant Commissioner, on Women in the WPA - Arts; Too Late; Sit Down, Servant, folk song.
Program No. 13 Southern California Colored Choir 85 Voices 1940 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_243)
Lift Every Voice and Sing, piano accompaniment; I Feel Like a Motherless Child; Armor of God, Edward Jones composer [?]; It's All Over Me, piano accompaniment; WPA spot - U. S. Public Health Service; Excerpts from The Messiah: Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs, piano accompaniment; Hallelujah Chorus, piano accompaniment.
Program No. 14 Southern California Symphony Orchestra 1940 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_244)
Overture to Libusa; Talk by Dr. Thomas Parran Jr., Surgeon General of the United States on Public Health Service; Legend, from Opus 59.
Program No. 15 Southern California Symphony Orchestra 1940 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_245)
Opening of Act III of Tristan and Isolde; Talk by C. R. Smith, President of the American Airlines, on WPA Airport Construction; Polonaise from Eugen Onegin.
Program No. 16 Southern California Symphony Orchestra 1940 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_246)
Young prince and princess from Scheherazade; Talk by H. W. Cameron, Director of the National Safety Council; Overture to Prometheus, Op. 43.
Program No. 17 Southern California Light Opera Orchestra and Chorus 1940 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_247)
Excerpts from The Merry Widow: Villia; The Women; Talk by Wallace Beery, famous screen star, on the WPA projects; I love you so (Merry Widow Waltz); Sonya and Prince Danilo Story and Song.
Program No. 18 Southern California Light Opera Orchestra and Chorus 1940 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_248)
Excerpts from The Chocolate Soldier, sung in English: Bulgarian Chorus - Seek the Spy; My Hero; Talk by Dr. Paul de Kruif, noted author; Falling in Love; Finaletto to Act 2.
Program No. 19 Southern California Symphony Orchestra 1940 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_249)
Idyll, tone poem; Talk by H. W. Cameron, Director of the National Safety Council on Traffic Safety; Cortege, from Petite Suite.
Program No. 20 Southern California Colored Choir 1940 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_250)
Dark Water, a capella; Little David Play on Your Harp, soloists with chorus, a capella; Heaven is a Beautiful Place; WPA spot - Incapacitated Mothers; Goodbye Africa, soloists with chorus; I'm Newborn Again.
Program No. 21 New York Symphony Orchestra 1940 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_251)
Rêverie du soir (Evening Reverie) from Suite algérienne; Talk by Honorable John M. Carmody, Administrator Federal Works Agency; Fête Bohème from Scènes pittoresques.
Program No. 22 Southern California Colored Choir 1940 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_252)
85 Voices Choir. Poor Mourner's Got a Home At Last, soloist with chorus, a capella; Four and Twenty Elders, soloist with male chorus; Down by the River, from movie "Mississippi", soloists with chorus; WPA spot; One Morning Soon, male chorus; Great Day, full chorus, piano accompaniment.
Program No. 23 Southern California Symphony Orchestra 1940 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_253)
Tango, premiere performance; Talk by Dr. Paul de Kruif, noted authority on medical subjects; Overture, from David, premiere performance. California composers.
Program No. 24 Southern California Light Opera Orchestra and Chorus 1940 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_254)
Excerpts from "The Vagabond King": My Dear Mother; Only a Rose, duet reprise; Talk by Wallace Beery, famous screen star; Act 2 Finale: Some Day, ensemble and soloist; Song of the Vagabonds, soloist and male ensemble.
Program No. 25 Southern California Mexican Sypica Orchestra [sic] 1940 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_255)
Mi chiquito, orchestra; No niegues (Don't Deny That Once You Loved Me Truly), female vocalist with orchestra; Mi Morena, male vocalist with orchestra; WPA spot; Little Jesusita, march.
Program No. 26 Southern California Colored Choir 1940 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_256)
Steal Away, female soloist with chorus, a capella; Every Time I Feel the Spirit, female soloist with chorus, a capella; You May Bury Me In the East, female soloist with chorus, a capella; WPA spot re: Roads; That Great Gettin' up Morning, soloist with chorus, a capella; O, Southland!, soloists with chorus, piano accompaniment.
Program No. 27 Northern California Symphony Orchestra 1940 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_257)
Andante to the Clock symphony; WPA spot re: Roads; Allelujah, from Exsultate Jubilate, soloist with orchestra
Program No. 28 Northern California Symphony Orchestra 1940 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_258)
Menuetto, from the Clock symphony; WPA spot re: Employment Flexibility; Voices of Spring
Oversize 1 Program No. 29 Southern California Symphony Orchestra and Grand Opera Chorus 1940 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_259)
Soloists, chorus, and orchestra. Excerpts from Hänsel und Gretel: Part 1 from Opening of Act 2; Talk by C. R. Smith, president of the American Airlines on the WPA and Airports; Part 2, Finale of Act 2.
Program No. 30 New Jersey WPA Opera Company 1940 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_260)
Bell Chorus from "Pagliacci"; Pilgrim's Song; Talk by James L. Feiser, Vice Chairman in charge of Domestic Operations of the American Red Cross, on WPA in Emergencies; Great is Jehovah, sung in English by soloist with chorus, orchestra.
Program No. 31 New York City Symphony 1940 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_261)
Selections from The Seasons Ballet 4th picture - Winter: Introduction; Frost; Talk by Fiorello LaGuardia, Mayor of New York City; Ice; Hail; Snow.
Program No. 32 New Jersey WPA Opera Company 1940 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_262)
Cigarette Chorus from Carmen, sung in French; Clarions of War, from Il Trovatore, sung in Italian; Talk by Senator Robert M. La Follette, Jr.; Grand Finale from The Gondoliers.
Program No. 33 New York City Symphony 1940 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_263)
Marche Miniature from Suite No. 1; Berceuse, from Suite No. 2 Caucasian Sketches; Talk by Honorable Thomas Vernor Smith, Congressman at large from Illinois [retired SU professor]; March (Georgian March) from Suite No. 2 Caucasian Sketches.
1941 season
Program No. 1 New York City Symphony 1941 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_264)
Souvenir de Florence. Adagio Cantabile, first section; Talk by Honorable Thomas Vernor Smith, Congressman at large from Illinois [retired Syracuse University professor]; Adagio Cantabile, 2nd section e conmoto D major. Arranged for strings orchestra.
Program No. 2 Northern California Symphony Orchestra 1941 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_265)
Excerpts from Spanish Caprice: Variations and Alborada; WPA spot; Gypsy scene and Alborada; Fandango
Program No. 3 New York City Symphony 1941 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_266)
Andante for strings No. 3, Op. 17; Talk by James L. Feiser, Vice Chairman in Charge of Domestic Operations for the American Red Cross on WPA in disaster relief (emergency); Hopak from Sorochintsy Fair (Little Russian dance).
Program No. 4 United States Marine Band 1941 - patriotic music (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_267)
Thomas Jefferson March; WPA spot in National Defense; American Patrol March; Hail America March.
Program No. 5 United States Navy Band 1941 - patriotic music (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_268)
Stars and Stripes Forever March; Navy Blue March; WPA spot: National Defense, Navy; Hail to the Spirit of Liberty
Program No. 6 United States Marine Band 1941 - patriotic music (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_269)
Festival March; WPA spot: "We'll Prepare America" National Defense Spot; Semper Fidelis March
Program No. 7 United States Navy Band 1941 - patriotic music (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_270)
All Hands March; Liberty Bell March; WPA spot/Navy constructions - national defense; Navy Patrol March
Program No. 8 United States Army Band 1941 - patriotic music (Vinyl record; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_271)
Official West Point March; Man of the Hour; WPA spot: Army/Air Corps/ WPA developments; Boys of the Old Brigade; King Cotton
Program No. 9 United States Army Band 1941 - patriotic music (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_272)
Invincible Eagle; Americans All; WPA spot - Defense against aggressor with WPA improvements; Law and Order March; Adoration, based on a theme from "America the Beautiful".
Program No. 10 United States Navy Band 1941 - patriotic music (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_273)
Stars and Stripes Forever March; Nave Blue March; WPA spot: "We're preparing America"; Hail to the Spirit of Liberty March. Short program with either the music or voice tracks dubbed (mixed down or edited together) in.
Program No. 11 United States Navy Band 1941 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_274)
Bolero; Moonlove; WPA spot: 2nd Line of Defense; Josephine. Assembled (edited together) program.
Program No. 12 United States Navy Band 1941 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_275)
Father of Victory March; Woodpecker's Song; WPA spot - preparedness program; Moonlight Serenade; Pasadena Day March. Arranged (edited together) program.
Program No. 13 United States Army Band 1941 - patriotic music (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_276)
Official West Point March; Boys of the Old Brigade March; Talk by General George C. Marshall, Chief of Staff, U. S. Army; Adoration, based on a theme of "America the Beautiful"; Up the Street March.
Program No. 14 WPA Opera Company 1941 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_277)
New Jersey Opera Company: Bell Chorus, from Pagliacci, chorus with orchestra; Pilgrim's Song, chorus with orchestra; Talk by Jay Franklin, writer, radio commentator and newspaper columnist on important WPA benefits; Great is Jehovah, soloists, chorus with orchestra.
Program No. 15 United States Army Band 1941 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_278)
Pierrot; American Army March; Talk by Howard O. Hunter, deputy commissioner, WPA, on legal resolutions and laws to protect WPA workers and voting; Three Solitaires (A trio of trumpets). Edited (mixed) program, audio not up to standard.
Program No. 16 United States Army Band 1941 - patriotic music (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_279)
Field Artillery March, men's chorus; Official West Point March; WPA spot - defense work in wartime, "Newspaper Headlines" with sound effects and more elaborate production values; Boys of the Old Brigade March. Edited (mixed) program.
Program No. 17 United States Navy Band 1941 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_280)
Gate City; Pasadena Day; Talk by Donald M. Nelson, Coordinator of National Defense Purchases; Glory of the Trumpets March; National Emblem. Edited (mixed) program.
Program No. 18 United States Army Band 1941 - patriotic music (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_281)
National Defense March; Soldiers on Parade March; Talk by Dr. Thomas Parran, Jr., Surgeon General of the United States on health protection measures; Riders for the Flag March. Edited (mixed) program.
Program No. 19 United States Navy Band 1941 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_282)
National Emblem March; Moonlight Serenade; Talk by Stuart Chase, author, CPA on government book keeping/ WPA; Glory of the Trumpets. Edited (mixed) program.
Program No. 20 United States Army Band 1941 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_283)
Our Bugler March; Hail America; Talk by Ida Bailey Allen on the health of children, school lunch program; The Pilgrim Concert March.
Program No. 21 United States Army Band 1941 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_284)
Purple Pageant March; Cripple Creek, descriptive melody; Talk by Henry Dennison of Dennison Manufacturing Co. on the WPA; Riders for the Flag March.
Program No. 22 New York City Symphonic Orchestra 1941 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_285)
New York City Symphonic Band (label is wrong). The Arkansas Traveler; Talk by Melvyn Douglas on the WPA and defense; Excerpts from Pictures at an Exhibition: The Hut of Baba-Yaga; The Great Gates of Kiev.
Program No. 22A United States Army Band 1941 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_286)
National Defense March; Squads Right March; Interview of Pvt. John Edward Lawton, first selectee to be inducted under the Selective Service Act on Nov. 18, 1940 by Captain Charles G. Duffy, interviewer at Fort Devens, Massachusetts; Knightsbridge March.
Program No. 23 United States Army Band 1941 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_287)
Hail America March; Senn Triumphal, march; Talk by Earl G. Harrison, U. S. Director of Alien Registration on how the WPA is assisting in the alien registration program; American Army March.
Program No. 24 Special Christmas Program: Mass. [Massachusetts] WPA Symphony Orchestra and Singers 1941 - Christmas concert (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_288)
Concert from Brattle Hall, Cambridge, MA. A Dream of Christmas, orchestra; Talk by Robert E. Sherwood, playwright and author; Pastoral Symphony, from Messiah, orchestra; O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles), chorus, a capella.
Program No. 25 New York City Symphonic Band 1941 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_289)
Russian Dance from Swan Lake ballet; Talk by Dr. Frank Kingdon, Clergyman, College President, author, humanitarian on the WPA; Overture to Don Juan. Includes correspondence: 2 WPA letters regarding press release.
Program No. 26 New York City Symphonic Band 1941 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_290)
Waltz from The Queen of Sheba; Talk by Emily Newell Blair, author, Women in the national defense, WPA activities; Dance of the Comedians from The Bartered Bride. Includes correspondence: 2 WPA letters regarding press release for radio announcers.
Program No. 27 Massachusetts WPA Symphony Orchestra 1941 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_291)
Fingal's Cave, from The Hebrides; Talk by Rex Stout, author and lecturer, on the WPA in the community; Esplanade Waltz by Margaret McLain who was a Boston University Piano professor. Includes correspondence: 2 WPA letters regarding press release for radio announcers.
Program No. 28 Program of Symphonies 1941 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_292)
Unidentified orchestra and conductor. Andante from Clock Symphony; Rondo from Surprise Symphony; Talk by Clifton Fadiman: "What does the WPA accomplish?"; Minuet from Jupiter Symphony.
Program No. 29 WPA American Folk Singers of Boston 1941 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_293)
All songs feature women & men's choruses, a capella. My Lord's gonna move this Wicked Race; Satisfied with Jesus; WPA spot on undernourished children and school lunch program; Some of these Mornings.
Program No. 30 Massachusetts WPA Symphony Orchestra 1941 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_294)
Chorale Pathetique; Talk by Charles Taussig, Manufacturer and author: "A business man's analysis of the place of the WPA in American Life"; Scherzo. Pizzicato ostinato from Symphony No. 4, Op. 36.
Program No. 31 Southern California Symphony Orchestra 1941 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_295)
Premiere performance of symphony Tableau Russe: Processionale, 1st Movement; Newski Prospect, 2nd Movement; Speech delivered by Lionel Barrymore, composer, on what the WPA has meant to musicians and music lovers; Kremlin; Troika. Recorded live with Barrymore in the studio.
Program No. 32 Massachusetts WPA Symphony Orchestra 1941 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_296)
Minuet; Talk by Mrs. Saidie Orr Dunbar, president of the General Federation of Women's Club, on community service WPA project benefits; 1st movement from Henry VIII: Ballet-Divertissement: Introduction - Entrée des Clans.
Program No. 33 Southern California WPA Symphony Orchestra 1941 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_297)
Sketches from Fairyland: Queen and the Mirror, 1st movement; Talk by Antoni Van der Voort, composer, on the WPA and his activities; Prince Charming, 3rd movement; Rumpelstiltskin, 4th movement.
Program No. 34 Northern California WPA Symphony Orchestra 1941 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_298)
Waltz from Symphony Fantastique; Talk by Dr. John W. Studebaker, U. S. Commissioner of Education, on contributions made by the WPA; Minuet.
Program No. 35 WPA American Folk Singers of Boston 1941 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_299)
Mixed chorus, a capella: I got a robe; Religion is a Fortune; WPA spot: Work for Defense; Do, Lord, Remember me; Ain't that Good News.
Program No. 36 Northern California WPA Symphony Orchestra 1941 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_300)
Largo from Symphony No. 13 in G Major. Talk by Commander H. M. Cogan, United States Navy and the officer in charge of WPA projects for the U. S. Navy, and the WPA and national defense; Finale from Symphony No. 13 in G Major.
Program No. 37 WPA American Folk Singers of Boston 1941 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_301)
Ezekiel Saw the Wheel, soloists, men's and women's choruses; [Where Should I Be] When the First Trumpet Sounds, soloists, men's and women's choruses; WPA spot: 5 years of WPA activities and benefits to society and defense; Hold Out Your Light, mixed chorus; There's Plenty Good Room in the Kingdom for Us All, mixed choruses.
Program No. 38 Northern California WPA Symphony Orchestra 1941 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_302)
Symphony No. 41, Minuet in C Major "Jupiter"; Talk by Honorable Lewis Compton, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, on the U. S. Navy/WPA work; "Jupiter" Symphony: Finale.
Program No. 39 WPA American Folk Singers of Boston 1941 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_303)
All songs performed a capella with soloists, men's & women's choruses. Every time I feel the Spirit; Good News; WPA spot - national defense work; Live Humble; I Want to Be Ready.
Program No. 40 Southern California WPA A. Capella Choir 1941 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_304)
Southern California WPA A Capella Choir performing. Kyrie from the First Mass, sung in Latin; Agnus Dei & Benedictus from the First Mass; Talk by Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. on the WPA/Defense, and Col. Francis C. Harrington, U.S. Army, recipient of Distinguished Service Award for his WPA work; Kyrie from Ave Maris Stella.
Program No. 41 WPA Negro Radio Unit of Southern California 1941 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_305)
All sung a capella with soloists, men's, and women's choruses. Didn't my Lord deliver Daniel?; Keep me from sinking down; Who'll be a witness for my Lord?; WPA spot - WPA workers in the Defense Industries; Wade in the water; Every time I feel the spirit.
Program No. 42 Southern California WPA Symphony Orchestra 1941 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_306)
Introduction to Act II of Carmen; Talk by Sidney Toler (Charlie Chan) on the WPA advances in infrastructure, school lunches, literacy, and defense. Sidney gives a 'Chanism' at close; Finlandia
Program No. 43 Southern California WPA Negro Chorus 1941 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_307)
Amen Chorus, soloist, mixed chorus, a capella; Where shall I be? (When that first trumpet sounds), men's & women's choruses, piano accompaniment; Po' Mourner, soloist, mixed chorus, a capella; WPA spot - WPA Work Sign; You've gotta run, men's & women's choruses, soloist, piano accompaniment; Free Grace, men's & women's choruses, soloist, piano accompaniment.
Program No. 44 Southern California WPA Operatic Chorus with Orchestra 1941 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_308)
Polovetzian Dance from Prince Igor, part 1; Robert P. Patterson Undersecretary of War, on the WPA help in the national defense program; Polovetzian Dance from Prince Igor, part 2.
Program No. 45 Northern California WPA Negro Chorus 1941 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_309)
All song performed a cappella. What kind of shoes you going to wear? (Golden slippers), soloist, mixed chorus; Let my people go, soloist, mixed chorus; To heaven I go, men's & women's choruses; WPA spot - 'America's Unemployed are on the march' Defense work; Deep River, soloists, mixed chorus; Have you got a good religion?, soloist, mixed chorus.
Program No. 46 Southern California WPA Negro Radio Unit 1941 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_310)
All songs sung a capella. Gimme your hand, soloists, mixed chorus; Soon I will be done with the troubles of the world, mixed chorus; My God is so high, Arkansas origins, soloist, mixed choruses; WPA spot - "American's are Discovering America" American guide series; Feed my sheep, men's chorus, mixed chorus, soloist; Joshua fit the battle of Jericho, soloists, mixed chorus.
Program No. 47 Northern California Symphony Orchestra 1941 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_311)
Minuet from Symphony no. 1 in C major; WPA spot - first draftee and other WPA workers national defense; Finale from Beethoven's Symphony no. 1 in C major
Program No. 48 Southern California WPA Negro Chorus 1941 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_312)
Eagle builds her nest, soloist, mixed chorus, a capella; WPA National Defense spot with Morse code sound effect; Climbing up the mountain, men's, women's and mixed choruses, piano accompaniment; Steal away to Jesus, mixed chorus, soloist, a capella; I'm new born again, mixed chorus, soloist, piano accompaniment.
Program No. 49 Southern California Symphony Orchestra 1941 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_313)
Excerpts from Scott Bradley's Cartoonia, a four-movement orchestral suite of his music created for MGM's theatrical cartoons: Once Upon a Time; The Calico Dragon; Talk by Harriet Elliott on the WPA/OPA.; Fleas; The Brave Little Knight.
Program No. 50 New Jersey WPA Philharmonic Orchestra 1941 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_314)
3rd movement from Symphony no. 5; Talk by Archibald MacLeish, poet and Librarian with Library of Congress, about the Library of Congress exhibition of work connected to national defense; Finale from Symphony no. 4.
Program No. 51 U. S. Army Band 1941 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_315)
Zacatecas March; American Fidelity March; Talk by General Henry H. Arnold, Deputy Chief of Staff U.S. Army, on Air Corps developments and WPA airfield construction; Babillage, Pageant of Progress March.
Program No. 52 Northern California WPA Negro Chorus 1941 - folk songs and spirituals (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_316)
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, soloists, mixed chorus, a capella; Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child, soloist, men's, women's, and mixed choruses, a capella; WPA spot - health, educational, other advances; Deep River, soloists, mixed choruses, a capella.
1942 season
Program No. 1 Southern California WPA Symphony Orchestra 1942 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_317)
Calf of Gold, from Faust, sung by Robert Brink with men's chorus, orchestra; Hallelujah Chorus, from Christ on the Mount of Olives, oratorio, men's & women's choruses, orchestra; Talk by Jim & Marian Jordan (a.k.a. Fibber McGee & Molly), radio personalities, on schooling in the WPA, introduced by Harlow Wilcox; Soldier's Chorus, from Faust, men's & women's choruses, orchestra.
Program No. 2 New Jersey WPA Philharmonic Orchestra 1942 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_318)
2nd movement in B minor, from Symphony no. 6; Talk by John M. Carmody, Administrator Federal Works Agency, on national defense - WPA outcomes and benefits; Prelude to Act 3, from Lohengrin.
Program No. 3 New Jersey WPA Philharmonic Orchestra; News Bulletin 1941 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_319)
Finale from Symphony no. 38 in D major; Late News Bulletin about the WPA & national defense, 2 announcers with telegraph sounder; Scherzo from Symphony no. 3.
Program No. 4 United States Army Band; Actual Recordings Air Raids of England 1942 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_320)
All American March; Pageant of Progress; Recording of an actual air raid on England by Germany with description of events, Ralph Ingersoll, editor of NY Newspaper PM, on WPA defense work; Eyes Right March
Program No. 5 WPA Symphony Orchestra 1942 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_321)
Overture to Creatures of Prometheus; Talk by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, U. S. Director of Civilian Defense, on federal WPA and defense improvements; Scherzo from Midsummer Night's Dream.
Program No. 6 New York City WPA Symphony Orchestra 1942 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_322)
The Procession of the Sardar, from Caucasian Sketches Suite no. 1 Op. 10; Talk by Mischa Elman, violinist, on WPA muscicians, public morale, and music in national defense; Air for G String; Russian Sailor's Dance, from The Red Poppy ballet.
Program No. 7 Southern California WPA Symphony Orchestra 1942 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_323)
Overture to La Clemenza di Tito; Talk by Walter Huston, actor, on WPA employment of film, radio, stage; Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla.
Program No. 8 New Jersey WPA Philharmonic Orchestra 1942 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_324)
Interlude from Act IV of Carmen; Dance of the Sylphs from Damnation of Faust; Talk by Arthur Godfrey, radio personality, on the WPA workers; Hungarian March from Damnation of Faust.
Program No. 9 Illinois WPA Symphony Orchestra [copy 1] 1942 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_325)
Praeludium; Scherzo in G Minor from Octet Op. 20; Talk by James C. Petrillo, president of the American Federation of Musicians, on the importance of music in national defense; Wedding March from Le coq d'or.
Program No. 9 Illinois WPA Symphony Orchestra [copy 2] 1942 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_326)
Praeludium; Scherzo in G Minor from Octet Op. 20; Talk by James C. Petrillo, president of the American Federation of Musicians, on the importance of music in national defense; Wedding March from Le coq d'or.
Program No. 9 Illinois WPA Symphony Orchestra [copy 3] 1942 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_327)
Praeludium; Scherzo in G Minor from Octet Op. 20; Talk by James C. Petrillo, president of the American Federation of Musicians, on the importance of music in national defense; Wedding March from Le coq d'or.
Program No. 9 Illinois WPA Symphony Orchestra [copy 4] 1942 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_328)
Praeludium; Scherzo in G Minor from Octet Op. 20; Talk by James C. Petrillo, president of the American Federation of Musicians, on the importance of music in national defense; Wedding March from Le coq d'or.
Program No. 9 Illinois WPA Symphony Orchestra [copy 5] 1942 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_329)
Praeludium; Scherzo in G Minor from Octet Op. 20; Talk by James C. Petrillo, president of the American Federation of Musicians, on the importance of music in national defense; Wedding March from Le coq d'or.
Program No. 10 Illinois WPA Symphony Orchestra [copy 1] 1942 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_330)
Overture to Abu Hassan; Talk by Lucy Monroe, singer, on patriotism and music; Monroe sings The Star Spangled Banner with organ accompaniment; Waltz from Eugene Onegin.
Program No. 10 Illinois WPA Symphony Orchestra [copy 2] 1942 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_331)
Overture to Abu Hassan; Talk by Lucy Monroe, singer, on patriotism and music; Monroe sings The Star Spangled Banner with organ accompaniment; Waltz from Eugene Onegin.
Program No. 10 Illinois WPA Symphony Orchestra [copy 3] 1942 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_332)
Overture to Abu Hassan; Talk by Lucy Monroe, singer, on patriotism and music; Monroe sings The Star Spangled Banner with organ accompaniment; Waltz from Eugene Onegin.
Program No. 10 Illinois WPA Symphony Orchestra [copy 4] 1942 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_333)
Overture to Abu Hassan; Talk by Lucy Monroe, singer, on patriotism and music; Monroe sings The Star Spangled Banner with organ accompaniment; Waltz from Eugene Onegin.
Program No. 10 Illinois WPA Symphony Orchestra [copy 5] 1942 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_334)
Overture to Abu Hassan; Talk by Lucy Monroe, singer, on patriotism and music; Monroe sings The Star Spangled Banner with organ accompaniment; Waltz from Eugene Onegin
Program No. 11 Southern California WPA Symphony Orchestra 1942 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_335)
2nd movement from Symphony no. 8; Prelude to 3rd act of Lohengrin; Talk by Dr. William Fletcher Russell, Director of the National Citizenship Education Program; Negro chant
Program No. 12 New York City WPA Negro Melody Singers 1942 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_336)
In Bright Mansions Above, soloist, men's, women's & mixed choruses, a capella; You Better Get Religion Sinner Man, men's, women's & mixed choruses, a capella; WPA spot - defense jobs in wartime, factory closings due to wartime priorities; Ride Up in the Chariot, men's, women's & mixed choruses, a capella; Old Black Joe, soloist John Garth, basso with piano accompaniment; Good News, Chariot's Coming, soloists, men's, women's & mixed choruses.
Program No. 13 New York City WPA Symphony Orchestra 1942 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_337)
Overture to The Marriage of Figaro; Praeludium; WPA spot on unemployment; Hopak from Mussorgsky's opera The Fair at Sorochyntsi
Program No. 14 New York City WPA Negro Melody Singers 1942 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_338)
You hear the lambs a cryin', men's, women's, mixed choruses; Ezekiel saw the wheel, soloists, men's, women's, mixed choruses; WPA "Morale" spot; Every time I feel the spirit, soloists, men's, women's choruses; The gospel train, soloist, men's, women's choruses; Good news, chariot's coming, soloists, men's, women's choruses.
Program No. 15 New York City WPA Symphony Orchestra 1942 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_339)
March from Nutcracker suite; Baba Yaga, Opus 56; WPA spot - National Defense Emergency; Prelude to ballet Raymonda
Program No. 16 United States Navy Band 1942 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_340)
Rustle of spring; Old comrades march; Talk by Rear Admiral Russell R. Waesche, Commandant of the US Coast Guard, on the WPA Coast Guard Academy; Cocoanut dance
Program No. 17 The New York City WPA Symphony Orchestra 1942 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_341)
Prelude to Act 3 of Lohengrin; Dance from Golden age; WPA spot on defense jobs and training during wartime; Danse Arabe from Nutcracker Suite
Program No. 18 Southern California WPA Symphony Orchestra 1942 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_342)
Overture to Abduction from the Seraglio; Talk by Fred R. Rauch, Assistant Commissioner WPA, on division of training for defense production; Scherzo, 2nd Movement from Suite for Orchestra; Star-Spangled Banner.
Program No. 18A Northern California WPA Symphony Orchestra 1942 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_343)
Overture to Mignon; Talk by Paul Manship, sculptor, on the value of Art Week, 11/17 - 11/23, to American culture and to the artists of America; Nocturne from ballet music to Coppelia
Program No. 19 Southern California WPA Symphony Orchestra 1942 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_344)
Liebesträume, S. 541; The Bee; Talk by Colonel B. G. Weir, Commanding Officer, March Field, on WPA work at March Field, Riverside CA, Army Air Corps; The Hungarian March from Damnation of Faust.
Program No. 19A Northern California WPA Symphony Orchestra 1942 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_345)
Symphony No. 11 in G minor; Talk by Helen Gahagan, actress [wife of Melvyn Douglas], on the work of the WPA; Prelude to Act 3 of Lohengrin
Program No. 20 Southern California WPA Symphony Orchestra 1942 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_346)
Allegro from Symphony No. 5; WPA spot on school lunch program; Prelude in C Sharp Minor.
Program No. 21 Southern California WPA Symphony Orchestra 1942 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_347)
Blues Movement from Partita Americana; Talk by Major General William P. Upshur, United States Marine Corps, Marine Base San Diego, on WPA work at his base; Waltz Movement from Partita Americana. George Scharl, piano.
Program No. 22 Special Christmas Program: Southern California WPA Symphony and Chorus 1942 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_348)
Silent Night, chorus, soloist Alberta Franklin, orchestra; Three Blind Mice from Children's Suite; Pop Goes the Weasel from Children's Suite; Christmas Message delivered by Jean Hersholt, actor, and WPA health programs spot; Polka from Golden Age ballet
Program No. 23 Southern California WPA Symphony Orchestra 1942 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_349)
The Rat Catcher's Song; Talk by John E. Parrish, Chief, San Diego Fire Department, on the WPA and national defense; 1st Movement from Concerto Grosso. David Hamilton, baritone.
Special American Guide Week Program: Northern California WPA Symphony Orchestra 1942 (Grooved analog disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_350)
Elegy from Serenade for Strings; Guide Book Spot - WPA writers program American Guide Week; Waltz from Serenade for Strings
The Illinois WPA Serves The Nation’s Defense 1942 (Lacquer disc; running time 15:00) (ID#: wpa_phono_351)
Music performed by Jubilee Singers, directed by Dr. James A. Mundy. O Lord, Jubilee; WPA spot by Chas. [Charles] P. Casey, WPA Administrator, on the WPA in states' defense; Little Wheel a Turnin'; WPA spot by Evelyn S. Byron, Community Service, on the WPA in states' defense; O Rise and Shine.

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