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Title
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]
Names
Harris, Chas. K. (Charles Kassell) (1864-1930) (Composer)
Harris, Chas. K. (Charles Kassell) (1864-1930) (Lyricist)
Clauder, Jos. (Joseph) (1853-1913) (Arranger)
Collection

American popular songs

Sheet music, 1897

Dates / Origin
Copyright Date: 1897
Date Issued: 1916
Place: New York
Publisher: Chas. K. Harris
Library locations
Music Division
Topics
Songs
Drums
Soldiers
Love, Maternal
Dying declarations
Pathos
Genres
Scores
Notes
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 a photograph superimposed on a drum of a dying soldier watched by three fellow soldiers. Cover also includes note explaining reissue of song.
Statement of responsibility: words and music by Chas. K. Harris.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 score (4 p.) ; 34 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
Languages
English
Identifiers
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): edabfe00-c591-012f-c68c-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

  • 1864: Creator Born
  • 1897: Copyright date (Approximate)
  • 1930: Creator Died
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2017: Found by you!
  • 2018

MLA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Break the news to mother" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1916. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e0-c093-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Chicago/Turabian Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Break the news to mother" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed December 13, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e0-c093-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

APA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. (1916). Break the news to mother Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e0-c093-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Wikipedia Citation

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Break the news to mother