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The Telephone Hour: radio broadcast, 1941-01-06
Additional title: Bell Telephone Hour
Additional title: Juanita
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)
May, T. G (Arranger)
Piave, Francesco Maria, 1810-1876 (Librettist)
Norton, Caroline Sheridan, 1808-1877 (Lyricist)
Barbier, Jules, 1825-1901 (Librettist)
Carré, Michel, 1819-1872 (Librettist)
Verdi, Giuseppe, 1813-1901 (Composer)
Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix, 1809-1847 (Composer)
Lehár, Franz, 1870-1948 (Composer)
Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich, 1840-1893 (Composer)
Gounod, Charles, 1818-1893 (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: 1941-01-06
Table of Contents
Link 1: Opening announcement ; Questa o quella, from opera "Rigoletto" / music by Verdi ; libretto by Piave (Melton, orchestra) ; Announcement ; Nocturne, from A midsummer night's dream / music by Mendelssohn (orchestra) ; On wings of song (originally for voice and piano) / music by Mendelssohn (White, orchestra) ; Bell Telephone ad -- Link 2: Announcement ; Gold and silver waltz / music by Lehar (orchestra) ; Announcement ; Commentary on Tchaikovsky by Melton ; None but the lonely heart (originally for voice and piano) / music by Tchaikovsky (Melton, orchestra) ; Announcement -- Link 3: Juanita / words by Norton ; music arranged by T.G. May (chorus, orchestra) ; Bell Telephone ad ; Announcement ; Sweet night of love, from opera "Roméo et Juliette" (cut version) / music by Gounod ; libretto by Barbier and Carré (Melton, White, orchestra) ; Closing announcement.
Library locations
Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound
Shelf locator: *LK-16 855-856
Norton, Caroline Sheridan, 1808-1877 -- Musical settings
Incidental music
Songs (High voice) with orchestra
Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices) with orchestra
Love songs
Radio programs, Musical
Verdi, Giuseppe, 1813-1901. Rigoletto. Questa o quella per me pari sono
Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix, 1809-1847. Sommernachtstraum. Notturno
Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix, 1809-1847. Gesänge, op. 34. Auf Flügeln des Gesanges. English
Lehár, Franz, 1870-1948. Gold und Silber
Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich, 1840-1893. Romansy, op. 6. Net, tolʹko tot, kto znal; arranged. English
Gounod, Charles, 1818-1893. Roméo et Juliette. O nuit divine. Selections
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: BB25291 C1 (Disc 1, side 1), BB25293 C1 (Disc 1, side 2), BB25292 B2 (Disc 2).
Content: "Telephone Hour, Prog 37, part 1; Telephone Hour, Prog 37, part 3; Telephone Hour, Prog 37, 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 1941 January 6.
Language: Sung in Italian, English and French.
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: 941829611
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20906736
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): cfc3b280-c370-0133-f118-60f81dd2b63c
Rights Statement
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  • 1911: Creator Born
  • 1941: Created
  • 1976: Creator Died
  • 2024: Found by you!
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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. 1941.

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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 19, 2024.

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The Telephone Hour