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Africa's four hundred
Additional title: Africa's four hundred, shining lights of fashion. [first line]
Additional title: Light and airy as a feather. [first line of chorus]
Fagan, Barney (Composer)
Fagan, Barney (Lyricist)

American popular songs.

Sheet music, 1897

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1897
Date Issued: 1897
Place Term: [s.n.]
Publisher: M. Witmark & Sons
Library locations
Music Division
African Americans
Social classes
Receptions -- Africa -- 1800-1899
Sheet music
Content : Lacking cover.

Content : Summary: The four hundred best couples from Africa [i.e. African Americans] are assembling to have a "Rag" reception of high class quality; various people dance; at one point an argument ensues and knives drawn, but after an apology the reception continues happily.

Statement of Responsibility: Words and music by Barney Fagan.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 score (6 p.) ; 35 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
UUID: ccf067a0-c591-012f-18c9-58d385a7bc34
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Item timeline of events

  • 1897: Issued
  • 2015: Digitized
  • 2015: Found by you!
  • 2016

MLA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Africa's four hundred" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1897 - 1897.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Africa's four hundred" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed November 30, 2015.

APA Format

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Africa's four hundred