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Additional title: Then why do I love you, I wonder; why do I long for you so? [first line of chorus]
Additional title: When the stars are softly gleaming through the curtains of the night. [first line]
Blake, Winfield (Lyricist)
Couchais, C. J. (Composer)
D’Arville, Camille (Singer)
Bushnell, Frederick H. (b. 1861) (Photographer)

American popular songs

Sheet music, 1896

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1896
Place: Chicago
Publisher: Sol Bloom
Library locations
Music Division
Unrequited love
Content: On cover: Sung at the Orpheum by Camille D'Arville. Includes photograph by Frederick H. Bushnell of Camille D'Arville seated in a chair.
Content: Published as a musical supplement to the [Chicago] Sunday Examiner.
Content: Summary: The narrator is tortured by a hopeless love and wonders why they love the person they do; the narrator hopes to receive a positive answer in a dreams.
Statement of responsibility: words by Winfield Blake ; music by C.J. Couchais.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 score (6 p.) ; 36 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): b8c21530-c591-012f-28c9-58d385a7bc34
Rights Statement
The New York Public Library believes that this item is in the public domain under the laws of the United States, but did not make a determination as to its copyright status under the copyright laws of other countries. This item may not be in the public domain under the laws of other countries. Though not required, if you want to credit us as the source, please use the following statement, "From The New York Public Library," and provide a link back to the item on our Digital Collections site. Doing so helps us track how our collection is used and helps justify freely releasing even more content in the future.

Item timeline of events

  • 1896: Issued
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

MLA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Unrequited" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1896. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47de-170c-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Chicago/Turabian Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Unrequited" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 14, 2020. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47de-170c-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

APA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. (1896). Unrequited Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47de-170c-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Wikipedia Citation

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