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Break the news to mother
Additional title: Just break the news to mother, she knows how dear I love her. [first line of chorus]
Additional title: While the shot and shell were screaming upon the battle field. [first line]
Harris, Chas. K. (Charles Kassell) (1864-1930) (Composer)
Harris, Chas. K. (Charles Kassell) (1864-1930) (Lyricist)
Clauder, Jos. (Joseph) (1853-1913) (Arranger)
Bayes, Nora (1880-1928) (Singer)

American popular songs.

Sheet music, 1897

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1897
Date Issued: 1897
Place: Milwaukee, Wis.
Publisher: Chas. K. Harris
Library locations
Music Division
Love, Maternal
Dying declarations
Sheet music
Content: Summary: During a military battle, the captain notes that the flag has fallen and asks for a volunteer to raise it; the young recruit who volunteers raises it but is shot, and his dying words are for others to remember him to his mother, and give his love to her.
Content: Cover includes drawn illustrations depicting a group of soldiers welcoming a recruit; soldiers examing the dead soldiers; a solder breaking the news to the soldier's mother. Background of cover includes a United States flag and rifle; illustration belows shows recruit carrying the flag as he is wounded.
Content: On cover: Sung with great success by Nora Bayes. Cover includes photograph of Nora Bayes.
Statement of responsibility: words and music by Chas. K. Harris.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 score (8 p.) ; 36 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): e28c6870-c591-012f-bc3d-58d385a7bc34
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Item timeline of events

  • 1864: Creator Born
  • 1897: Issued
  • 1930: Creator Died
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2017: Found by you!
  • 2018

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Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Break the news to mother" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1897 - 1897.

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Break the news to mother