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"Kevin J. Bochynski" <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 4 Nov 2008 19:23:57 -0500
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Here area few items that may be of interest regarding Mark Twain and music:

The discrete entry on "music" by Allison Ensor in _The Mark Twain
Encyclopedia_ (pps. 527-528). Includes a bibliography of five articles on
the subject published between 1922 and 1983;

Also by Allison Ensor is _"Our Big New Organ Industry": Mark Twain and the
Hope-Jones Organ Company of Elmira, New York_. Quarry Farm Papers. No. 9.
Elmira, N.Y.: Elmira College Center for Mark Twain Studies, 2005.

See also the "music" entry in Gregg Camfield's_The Oxford Companion to Mark
Twain_, (pps. 385-386).

Other useful resources include the following CDs:

_Ossip Gabrilowitsch: His Issued & Unissued Recordings_, VAI Audio: Fort
Lee, N.J., 1992. 66:26.

Performances by Twain's son-in-law recorded between 1923-29.

_Mark Twain's America: A Portrait in Music_ performed by Jacqueline Schwab,
Piano. Dorian Recordings, 2001. 61:38

 With 36-page booklet of liner notes by Schwab on "American Popular Music in
the Age of Twain; "Twain and Classical Music; "Parlor Music;" "Twain, the
Piano,and Spirituals;" "Twain's Favorites"; "Twain and Dancing;" and "Twain,
Improvisation and the Parlor Song Style."

The above CD and the sound track of "Mark Twain: A Film Directed by Ken
Burns_ were reviewed by David Thomson on the Mark Twain Forum in January

_Mark Twain and Music_ by the Mark Twain Project and The San Francisco
Choral Artists. Written and produced by Robert H. Hirst and Harriet Elinor
Smith. Recorded October 2003. 74 min. Issued as a keepsake edition. Not
available commercially (?)

"Robert H. Hirst, general editor of the [Mark Twain] Project, gave a talk
about the role of music in Mark Twain's life, illustrated with selections of
choral music in historically authentic arrangements. After the talk, the
choir presented an "American Music Sampler" of choral pieces--hymns, art
songs, folk songs, and spirituals--that elaborate on the theme of
nineteenth-century American music."


Kevin B.