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But why?
Additional title: But why, when our love had bloomed was heard sigh for sigh. [first line of chorus]
Additional title: I had a dream, so strange a dream of you, love. [first line]
Browne, Walter (1856-1911) (Lyricist)
Langey, Otto (1851-1922) (Composer)
Celeste, Marie (Singer)

American popular songs.

Sheet music, 1901

Dates / Origin
Copyright Date: 1901
Copyright Date: 1901
Place: New York ; Chicago ; London
Publisher: M. Witmark & Sons
Library locations
Music Division
Roses -- 1900-1909
Man-woman relationships
Interpersonal conflict
Sheet music
Content: On cover: Photograph of Marie Celeste.
Content: Otto Langey: Op. 138
Statement of responsibility: words by Walter Browne ; music by Otto Langey.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 score (6 p.) ; 35 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): b83743b0-c597-012f-b684-58d385a7bc34
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Item timeline of events

  • 1856: Creator Born
  • 1901: Copyright date
  • 1911: Creator Died
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2017: Found by you!
  • 2018

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But why?