Breaking home ties

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Breaking home ties
Additional title: A lad was leaving home and friends to sail across the sea. [first line]
Additional title: Think often of your mother lad, whatever, may, befall. [first line of chorus]
Holzmann, Abe (1874-1939) (Composer)
Gerber, Nat (Lyricist)

American popular songs.

Sheet music, 1896

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1896
Date Issued: 1896
Place: New York
Publisher: Holzmann, Gerber & Co.
Library locations
Music Division
Separation (Psychology)
Mothers and sons
Family life
Sheet music
Content: Summary: A young man was leaving home to seek fortune overseas; his tearful mother told him to remember her; years pass without a word; he finally returns about to die for having led a wayward life, and survived on his mothers pleas of remembrance.
Content: Cover shows illustration, "after painting by Thomas Hovenden," of a home scene in a dining room where the son is leaving, is mother holding on to him, with others in the room; a dog by the fireplace looks on.
Statement of responsibility: words by Nat Gerber ; music by A. Holzmann.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 score (6 p.) 36 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): ec8704f0-c590-012f-fb5e-58d385a7bc34
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Item timeline of events

  • 1874: Creator Born
  • 1896: Issued
  • 1939: Creator Died
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2016: Found by you!
  • 2017

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Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Breaking home ties" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1896 - 1896.

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Breaking home ties