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The Telephone Hour: radio broadcast,1941-02-24
Additional title: Bell Telephone Hour
Additional title: Bell Telephone hour (Radio program)
Additional title: Go down, Moses
Anderson, Warner, 1911-1976 (Host)
Melton, James, 1904-1961 (Performer)
White, Francia, 1908-1984 (Performer)
White, Francia, 1908-1984 (Commentator)
Voorhees, Donald (Conductor)
Piave, Francesco Maria, 1810-1876 (Librettist)
Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750 (Composer)
Dominguez, Alberto, 1913-1975 (Composer)
Elgar, Edward, 1857-1934 (Composer)
Gounod, Charles, 1818-1893 (Composer)
Massenet, Jules, 1842-1912 (Composer)
Grieg, Edvard, 1843-1907 (Composer)
Verdi, Giuseppe, 1813-1901 (Composer)
Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra (Performer)
Bell Telephone Hour Chorus (Performer)
National Broadcasting Company (Producer)

The Bell Telephone Hour collection of sound recordings

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1941-02-24
Table of Contents
Link 1: Opening announcement ; Perfidia / music by Dominguez (Melton, chorus, orchestra) ; Announcement ; Salut d'amour (originally for violin and piano) / music by Elgar (orchestra) ; Announcement with commentary by White -- Link 2: Ave Maria (adapted to the first prelude of J.S. Bach ) / music by Gounod (White, orchestra) ; Bell Telephone ad ; Announcement ; Fête bohème, from suite Scènes pittoresques / music by Massenet (orchestra) ; Announcement -- Link 3: A dream / music by Grieg (Melton, orchestra) ; Announcement ; Go down Moses (chorus, orchestra) ; Bell Telephone ad ; Announcement ; Brindisi, from opera Traviata / music by Verdi ; libretto by Piave (White, Melton, orchestra, chorus) ; Closing announcement.
Library locations
Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound
Shelf locator: *LK-16 867-868
Songs (High voice) with orchestra
Orchestral music, Arranged
Ave Maria (Music)
Sacred songs (High voice) with orchestra
Suites (Orchestra)
Choruses, Sacred (Mixed voices) with orchestra
Spirituals (Songs)
African Americans
Radio programs, Musical
Dominguez, Alberto, 1913-1975. Perfidia
Elgar, Edward, 1857-1934. Salut d'amour; arranged
Gounod, Charles, 1818-1893. Ave Maria (Vocal version); arranged
Massenet, Jules, 1842-1912. Scènes pittoresques. Fête bohème
Grieg, Edvard, 1843-1907. Lieder, op. 48. Traum; arranged. English
Verdi, Giuseppe, 1813-1901. Traviata. Libiamo ne lieti calici
Radio programs
Radio commercials
Content: Title and date from original disc label; credits from audition.
Source note: Streaming files transferred from original audio discs.
Content: Matrix nos: BB25819 C1 (Disc 1, side 1), BB25821 C1 (Disc 1, side 2), BB25820 B2 (Disc 2).
Content: "Telephone Hour, Prog 44, part 1; Telephone Hour, Prog 44, part 3; Telephone Hour, Prog 44, part 2 "-- On run-out of discs sides 1 and 2 and 3 respectively.
Performers: Warner Anderson, announcer ; James Melton, tenor ; Francia White, soprano and commentator ; Bell Telephone Hour Chorus ; Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra ; Donald Voorhees, conductor.
Venue: Broadcast on NBC Radio in New York 1941 February 24.
Language: Sung in Spanish, Latin, English and Italian.
Citation/reference: Forms part of: The Bell Telephone Hour collection of sound recordings, *L(Special) 89-33.
Physical Description
Audio disc
Extent: 2 (1 two-sided and 1 one-sided) audio discs (approximately 30 min.) : analog, 33 1/3 rpm, vertical cut, mono ; 16 in.
Type of Resource
Sound recording
Spanish, Castilian
RLIN/OCLC: 944455207
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20915956
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): fb56b880-5d31-0136-05ff-5b7049f38d10
Rights Statement
The copyright and related rights status of this item has been reviewed by The New York Public Library, but we were unable to make a conclusive determination as to the copyright status of the item. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use.

Item timeline of events

  • 1911: Creator Born
  • 1941: Created
  • 1976: Creator Died
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

MLA Format

Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. "The Telephone Hour" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1941. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/4808f8c0-c372-0133-f613-60f81dd2b63c

Chicago/Turabian Format

Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. "The Telephone Hour" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 15, 2020. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/4808f8c0-c372-0133-f613-60f81dd2b63c

APA Format

Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. (1941). The Telephone Hour Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/4808f8c0-c372-0133-f613-60f81dd2b63c

Wikipedia Citation

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The Telephone Hour