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The amorous goldfish
Additional title: A goldfish swam in a big glass bowl, as dear little goldfish do. [first line]
Additional title: Geisha. Amorous goldfish. [uniform title]
Tempest, Marie (1866-1942) (Singer)
Jones, Sidney (1861-1946) (Composer)
Greenbank, Harry (Lyricist)

American popular songs.

Sheet music, 1896

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1896
Date Issued: 1896
Place: Boston ; New York ; Chicago
Publisher: White-Smith Music Pub. Co.
Library locations
Music Division
Humorous songs
Sheet music
Content: On cover: Sung by Miss Marie from the Japanese musical play The geisha.
Content: Cover illustration includes a drawing of two fish in water.
Content: Summary: Told in a humorous vein, a goldfish is in love with a officer (her human owner), but is depressed when he brings home a girlfriend. An accident causes the goldfish bowl to fall down and break and the goldfish dies.
Content: Version in G major.
Statement of responsibility: words by Harry Greenbank; music by Sidney Jones.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 score (8 p.) ; 36 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): dd16c3f0-c590-012f-70eb-58d385a7bc34
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Item timeline of events

  • 1866: Creator Born
  • 1896: Issued
  • 1942: Creator Died
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2017: Found by you!
  • 2018

MLA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "The amorous goldfish" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1896 - 1896.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "The amorous goldfish" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed March 25, 2017.

APA Format

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Wikipedia Citation

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The amorous goldfish