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The Telephone Hour: radio broadcast, 1940-12-30
Additional title: Bell Telephone Hour
Additional title: Meeting of the waters
Additional title: Bell Telephone hour (Radio program)
Anderson, Warner, 1911-1976 (Host)
Melton, James, 1904-1961 (Performer)
White, Francia, 1908-1984 (Performer)
Voorhees, Donald (Conductor)
Voorhees, Donald (Arranger)
Dietz, Howard, 1896-1983 (Librettist)
Romani, Felice, 1788-1865 (Librettist)
Moore, Thomas, 1779-1852 (Lyricist)
Harbach, Otto, 1873-1963 (Librettist)
Schwartz, Arthur, 1900-1984 (Composer)
Pierné, Gabriel, 1863-1937 (Composer)
Flotow, Friedrich von, 1812-1883 (Composer)
Borodin, Aleksandr Porfirʹevich, 1833-1887 (Composer)
Donizetti, Gaetano, 1797-1848 (Composer)
Friml, Rudolf, 1879-1972 (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: 1940-12-30
Table of Contents
Link 1: Opening announcement ; If there is someone lovelier than you, from operetta "Revenge with music" / music by Schwartz ; words by Dietz (Melton, orchestra) ; Announcement ; Sérénade à Colombine / music by Pierné ; arr. for orchestra by Voorhees ; Announcement ; Last rose of summer, from opera "Martha" / music by Flotow (White, orchestra) ; Bell Telephone ad -- Link 2: Announcement ; Themes from Polovtsian dances, from opera "Prince Igor" / music by Borodin (orchestra) ; Announcement ; Una furtima lagrima, from opera "L'elisir d'amore" / music by Donizetti ; libretto by Romani (Melton, orchestra) ; Announcement -- Link 3: Meeting of the waters / words by Moore set to an old Irish air (chorus, orchestra) ; Bell Telephone ad ; Announcement ; Sympathy, from operetta "Firefly" / music by Friml ; words by Harbach (Melton, White, orchestra) ; Closing announcement.
Library locations
Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound
Shelf locator: *LK-16 853-854
Moore, Thomas, 1779-1852 -- Musical settings
Orchestral music, Arranged
Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices) with orchestra
Folk songs, Irish
Radio programs, Musical
Schwartz, Arthur, 1900-1984. Revenge with music. If there is someone lovelier than you
Pierné, Gabriel, 1863-1937. Sérénade à Colombine; arranged
Flotow, Friedrich von, 1812-1883. Martha. Letzte Rose. English
Borodin, Aleksandr Porfirʹevich, 1833-1887. Kni︠a︡zʹ Igorʹ. Polovet︠s︡kai︠a︡ pli︠a︡ska. Selections
Donizetti, Gaetano, 1797-1848. Elisir d'amore. Furtiva lagrima
Friml, Rudolf, 1879-1972. Firefly. Sympathy
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: BB25218-C1 (Disc 1, side 1), BB25220-C1 (Disc 1, side 2), BB25219-B2 (Disc 2).
Content: "Telephone Hour, Prog 36, part 1; Telephone Hour, Prog 36, part 3; Telephone Hour, Prog 36, part 2 "-- On run-out of discs sides 1 and 2 and 3 respectively
Performers: Warner Anderson, announcer ; James Melton, tenor ; Francia White, soprano ; Bell Telephone Hour Chorus ; Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra ; Donald Voorhees, conductor.
Venue: Broadcast on NBC Radio in New York 1940 December 30.
Language: Sung in 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
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b16130236
MSS Unit ID: 20502
RLIN/OCLC: 941281500
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20906011
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 75618960-c370-0133-a6e8-60f81dd2b63c
Rights Statement
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  • 1911: Creator Born
  • 1940: Created
  • 1976: Creator Died
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Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. "The Telephone Hour" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1940.

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Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. "The Telephone Hour" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed April 20, 2024.

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Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, The New York Public Library. (1940). The Telephone Hour Retrieved from

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The Telephone Hour