American Music Festival

Copyright 2017, J. David Goldin

These are all the examples of this program in the radioGOLDINdex database. These listings are accurate as of October 29, 2017. The programs are listed chronologically, partial dates appear first, unknown dates appear last.


103495. American Music Festival. February 1941. Program #5. WNYC, New York City. The first tune is, "Johnny Has Gone For A Soldier." The American Square Dance Group, Boris Tuck (? host), Lucy Allison, William Agnew, Pete Seeger, Manny Wiener, Hannah Gordon, Allen Schwartz, Eileen Tuck. 29:26. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

103496. American Music Festival. February 12, 1941. WNYC, New York City. "Leadbelly, Sam Price and Albert Ammons In Studio". The first complete tune is, "The Axe-Chopping Song." A significant broadcast in radio history. Ralph Burton (host), Leadbelly, Sam Price, Albert Ammons, Meade Lux Lewis (he plays a spectacular "Yancy Special"), The Golden Gate Singers (just great!). 33:22. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Incomplete.

103497. American Music Festival. February 13, 1941. WNYC, New York City. "American Ballad Singers". The first announced tune is, "Abraham Lincoln Walks At Midnight." The American Ballad Singers, Joe Fishler (host), Morton Gould (conductor, from the auditorium at Hunter College), Deems Taylor, Richard Hale (baritone), The Manhattan Chorus, Albert Chiaretti (choral director). 14:14. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

103501. American Music Festival. February 14, 1941. Program #10. WNYC, New York City. "America In Swingtime". Ralph Burton (the host) of the program doesn't show up at the studio in time for the program. Recorded music is played. The first announced tune is, "The Dixieland One-Step." . 28:48. Audio condition: Very good. Incomplete.

103498. American Music Festival. February 14, 1941. Program #11. WNYC, New York City. "American Strings". The recording begins with the conclusion of "Three Preludes" (Frederic Jacobi). Yudi Shapiro, Irene Jacobi. 14:38. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

103487. American Music Festival. February 14, 1941. WNYC, New York City. "America In Symphony: Music For The Dance". The first selection is, "The Cassanova Suite" (Deems Taylor). "Danny Dither" by Alex North is played for the first time. The WNYC Concert Orchestra, Macklin Marrow (conductor), Alex North (composer). 28:30. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Incomplete.

103488. American Music Festival. February 14, 1941. Program #2. WNYC, New York City. "American Strings: Music Festival". The program is preceded by a brief war bulletin. The first 14:29 of the program. Irene Jacoby (piano), Judy Shapiro (violin). 14:29. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Incomplete.

103485. American Music Festival. February 14, 1941. Program #35. WNYC, New York City. "America Tell Its Stories: Ann Graham and Lead Belly". The first tune is, "What Kind Of Soul Hath Man?" The date is approximate. Ann Graham, Leadbelly (Hudie Ledbetter). 13:58. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

103486. American Music Festival. February 14, 1941. Program #31. WNYC, New York City. "Stuyvesant String Quartet". The first selection heard is the Quartet #3 (Villa-Lobos). The date is approximate. The final 14:20 of the program The Stuyvesant String Quartet, Sylvan Shulman (violin), Harry Glickman (violin), Louis Kevman (viola), Alan Shulman (cello). 14:20. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

103483. American Music Festival. February 14, 1941. WNYC, New York City. "America In Swingtime: Hot Jazz". The first tune is, "Jazz Me Blues." Joe Marsala was expected to play trumpet, but arrived to the broadcast late as he got stuck in traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge. Ralph Burton (host), Marty Marsala (trumpet), Joe Marsala (trumpet), Benny Glassman (alto sax), Johnny Smith (tenor sax), Dave Bowman (piano), Gene Traxler (bass), Shelley Manne (drums). 15:05. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Incomplete.

103500. American Music Festival. February 15, 1941. Program #16. WNYC, New York City. "America Tells Its Stories: Folk Music Of The West". The first tune is, "Way Out In Idaho." Tony Kraber. 25:39. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

103499. American Music Festival. February 15, 1941. Program #17. WNYC, New York City. "Music Of The Caribbees". The first selection is by an un-named group of Haitian musicians. The first 19:32 of the program. The Duke Of Iron and His Trinidad Calyso Troubadours, Henry Elliot Shanko (? producer), Paul Kresh (writer). 19:32. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

103489. American Music Festival. February 16, 1941. Program #20. WNYC, New York City. "America's Heritage". The first announced tune is a Russian "insult song." American folk songs of European origin. The final 14:25 of the program. Roy Mitchell (choral director). 14:25. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

103490. American Music Festival. February 16, 1941. Program #21. WNYC, New York City. "America In Symphony". The first announced selection is, "A Persian Fable" (Elliot Griffis). The final 13:36 of the program. Sigmund Spaeth (host), The WNYC Concert Orchestra, Macklin Marrow (conductor). 13:36. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Incomplete.

103481. American Music Festival. February 16, 1941. Program #22. WNYC, New York City. "Brooklyn Museum Concert". A concert from the Brooklyn Museum. The first selection heard is, "Dance Of The Frogs," by Lamar Stringfield. David Light (guest commentator), The New York Civic Orchestra, Jack Barnet (conductor), Joseph Block (piano), George Ward (announcer). 26:39. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

103484. American Music Festival. February 17, 1941. Program #28. WNYC, New York City. "Songs The People Sing: George Gershwin". 2:05 P.M. The first selection heard is, "The Man I Love." The music appears to be recorded. Sigmund Spaeth (host). 9:00. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

103492. American Music Festival. February 19, 1941. Program #40. WNYC, New York City. "America In Swingtime: Benny Goodman Sextette". The first tune heard is, "Rose Room." This is followed by, "Flyin' Home," "The Blues," "The Sherik Of Araby," "Body and Soul" and "Gone With What Wind." The final 21:36 of the program. The Benny Goodman Sextet, Charlie Christian, Georgie Auld, Cootie Williams, Johnny Guanieri, Artie Bernstein, Davey Tough, Ralph Burton (m.c.), Edmond Albert (? announcer). 21:36. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Incomplete.

103491. American Music Festival. February 19, 1941. Program #41. WNYC, New York City. "American Strings". The first selection is by Leo de Sato. The program includes, "To Chloe" by Goddard Lieberson. Vivian Rifkin (piano), Emmanuel Vardi (violin), Mordecai Bauman (baritone), Sam Morgenstern (piano), Goddard Lieberson (composer). 35:12. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

103482. American Music Festival. February 19, 1941. Program #38. WNYC, New York City. "Young America Sings and Makes Music: Juiliard School Of Music". The performance is by students of ther Juilliard Institute of Musical Art and the Juilliard Graduate School. The cellist's name is unintelligible. Sol Blumenthal (violin), Robert Mann (violin), Martin Fisher (viola), Harry Franklin (piano). 14:10. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

103493. American Music Festival. February 20, 1941. Program #42. WNYC, New York City. "America Tells Its Stories: Pete Seeger and Lee Hays". The first tune is, "Lolly Too Dum." Two recordings by Andrew Rowan Summers are played. A recording by John Jacob Niles is played. Pete Seeger, Lee Hays, John Jacob Niles, Andrew Rowan Summers. 29:30. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

103502. American Music Festival. February 21, 1941. WNYC, New York City. "Symphony and The Theatre". The first selection is the overture to, "Mon Ami" (Samuel Barlow). Marc Blitzstein introduces his "Socialist Opera" titled, "No For An Answer." The WNYC Concert Orchestra, Macklin Marrow (conductor), Marc Blitzstein, Rupert Pole (tenor solo), Charles Polacheck, Kurt Conway, Robert Simon, Norma Green, Carol Channing (sings a "torch song" called, "I'm Fraught"), Robert Simon. 30:00. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Incomplete.

103494. American Music Festival. February 22, 1941. WNYC, New York City. "Songs The People Sing: George Kleinsinger". The first tune is, "I Hear America Singing" (based on the poem by Walt Whitman). The first 23:06 of the program. Gene Greenwell (basso), The Stage Chorus...The International Ladies' Garment Worker's Union, The Radio Chorus...The International Ladies' Garment Worker's Union, George Kleinsinger (arranger), Lazar Wiener (choral director). 23:06. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Incomplete.

103818. American Music Festival. March 6, 1941. WNYC, New York City. "American Strings". The first selection is the finale of Hadley's Trio, Opus #132 in D minor. The Henry Hadley Trio, Sigmund Spaeth (m.c.), Robert Rudier (first violin), Sidney Edwards (cello), Ralph Angel (piano). 29:10. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

105673. American Music Festival. February 1943. Program #48. WNYC, New York City. The 6th annual festival. The first selection is a series of 3 excerpts for soprano and two pianos from, "The Prophet Nehemiah." Frederick Jacobi (composer, pianist), Irene Jacobi (pianist), Sally Pestcoe (soprano). 30:00. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

103503. American Music Festival. February 14, 1944. Program #37. WNYC, New York City. "Songs The People Sing: Leadbelly and Alan Lomax". The first tune is, "What Can I Do To Change Your Mind?" Leadbelly, Alan Lomax. 14:36. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

103506. American Music Festival. January 15, 1945. WNYC, New York City. "Concerto For Trombone and Orchestra". The recording contains the 2nd and 3rd movements of, "Concerto For Trombone and Orchestra" (Nathaniel Shilkret). The bobby soxers in attendance are warned to be quiet or the concert will cancelled. The announcer blames the noise on the "jungle-born native instincts" of the young listeners. The New York Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski (conductor), Tommy Dorsey (trombone). 14:17. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

103505. American Music Festival. February 14, 1945. Program #36. WNYC, New York City. "Songs The People Sing: Richard Dyer-Bennet". The first announced tune is, "Aunt Rhody." Richard Dyer-Bennet. 28:27. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

103508. American Music Festival. February 15, 1945. Program #55. WNYC, New York City. "The Music Of Tin Pan Alley". Composers perform their own music, starting with , "Little Curly Hair In A Hair Chair." Luckey Roberts (who had such large hands that they were rumored to be webbed) plays his composition, "Ripples On The Nile," with his wife singing the lyrics in an unsteady voice. The tune achieved immortality when Glenn Miller recorded it as, "Moonlight Cocktail." Charles Tobias (host, performer), Nat Simon, Sally Simon, Luckey Roberts, Lena Sanford Roberts, W. C. Handy. 29:55. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

103507. American Music Festival. February 16, 1945. Program #63. WNYC, New York City. "Songs The People Sing: Tony Kraber". The first announced tune is, "Rye Whiskey." Tony Kraber. 13:19. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

103509. American Music Festival. February 18, 1945. Program #88. WNYC, New York City. "Leonor Madero Recital". The Columbian pianist starts with, "Guitar Of My Life." Leonor Madero. 14:37. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

103510. American Music Festival. February 19, 1945. Program #101. WNYC, New York City. "Songs The People Sing: Josh White". Josh White sings, "Music that is rooted in the soil and the heart of the American People." The first tune is, "I Got A Head Like A Rock and A Heart Like A Marble Stone." Josh White. 29:04. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

103511. American Music Festival. February 20, 1945. Program #116. WNYC, New York City. "Music Of Tom Scott and Robert Evett". Bertha Melnick plays the music of composers Scott and Evett. The first selection is, "Capriccio" (Evett). Bertha Melnick (piano), Tom Scott, Robert Evett. 14:33. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

103512. American Music Festival. February 12, 1946. Program #62. WNYC, New York City. "Famous American Folk Singers". Tom Glazer sings, starting with, "Sixteen Come Sunday." Tom Glazer, George Ward (host). 15:03. Audio condition: Good to very good. Incomplete.

103504. American Music Festival. February 12, 1946. Program #13. WNYC, New York City. "Music By, Of and For Americans". Due to a fuel shortage in New York City, due to a tug boat strike, the program originates from a studio at WOR. The first selection is, "Western Rhapsody" (George Kleinsinger). The American Youth Orchestra, Dean Dixon (conductor), Seymour Siegel (WNYC director of programming), William O'Dwyer (mayor, New York City), Helen Jepson, Stevenson Barrett (piano accompanist), Lucille Manners, Betsy Capdonne (piano accompanist), Martin Wolfson (narrator). 57:14. Audio condition: Good. Incomplete.

103514. American Music Festival. February 14, 1946. Program #46. WNYC, New York City. "Folk Songs By Woody Guthrie". The first selection is, "The Grand Coulee Dam." Woody Guthrie. 14:56. Audio condition: Very good. Incomplete.

103515. American Music Festival. February 14, 1946. Program #41. WNYC, New York City. "Footlights On Parade". The program features tunes from, "Up In Central Park." The first selection heard is, "Carousel In The Park." Maureen Cannon, Wilbur Evans. 14:40. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

103513. American Music Festival. February 14, 1946. Program #45. WNYC, New York City. "Tin Pan Alley Serenade". Composers perform their own tunes, starting with Nat and Sally Simon doing, "No Can Do." Luckey Roberts and Lena Sanford Roberts perform, "Moonlight Cocktail" (formerly "Ripples Of The Nile." Nat Simon, Sally Simon, Luckey Roberts, Lena Sanford Roberts, Vic Mizzy, Stanley Adams. 13:21. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Incomplete.

103525. American Music Festival. February 16, 1946. Program #78. WNYC, New York City. "American Ballads: Edith Allaire". The first tune is, "Green Grow The Lilacs." Edith Allaire. 13:35. Audio condition: Fair to good. Complete.

103524. American Music Festival. February 16, 1946. WNYC, New York City. "American Jazz Concert". The first announced tune is, "Maple Leaf Rag." Tony Parenti (clarinet), Charles Traeger (bass), Freddie Moore (drums), Leadbelly, Charles Bill Amay (?), Wellman Brody (bass), Gus Aiken (trumpet), Art Voorhees (?), Anne Lewis (vocal), John Nocky Parker. 31:00. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

103522. American Music Festival. February 17, 1946. Program #112 (ok). WNYC, New York City. "Oscar Brand Sings Folk Songs". The first tune is, "Willie Lee." Oscar Brand. 14:43. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

103517. American Music Festival. February 17, 1946. Program #94. WNYC, New York City. "Susan Reed". The first tune is, "Go Away From My Window." Susan Reed (sings, plays the Irish Harp and the zither). 31:36. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

103521. American Music Festival. February 18, 1946. WNYC, New York City. "Ruth Neal Sings Folk Songs". The folk singer from Florida sings and plays the guitar. Mention is made that Leadbelly is listening to the program from the control room. The first tune is, "My Billy." Ruth Neal. 14:55. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Complete.

103516. American Music Festival. February 18, 1946. WNYC, New York City. "Great American Folksingers: Leadbelly". The first tune is, "Irene, Goodnight." Leadbelly. 14:20. Audio condition: Very good. Complete.

103523. American Music Festival. February 19, 1946. Program #112 (ok). WNYC, New York City. "The Music Of Ned Rorem". The music of composer Ned Rorem, starting with his "Suite Of Three Pieces." Ned Rorem (composer, pianist), Janet Lauren (soprano), Leslie Oaks (flute), Ellen Greenberg (violin), Betty Crawford (piano). 28:21. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

103519. American Music Festival. February 12, 1947. Program #1. WNYC, New York City. "Opening Concert From The Museum Of Natural History". "A Gala Concert For Contemporary American Music." The first selection is, "The William Billings Overture" (William Schuman). The American Youth Orchestra, Dean Dixon (conductor), Kenneth Spencer (narrator), Carol Brice (contralto), Jonathan Brice (piano), Vivian Rivkin (violin), William Deal (narrator, baritone), The David Randolph Chamber Chorus, David Randolph (conductor), Seymour Siegel (of WNYC), Ken Carey (? announcer). 1:24:30. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

103518. American Music Festival. February 17, 1948. WNYC, New York City. "New York Philharmonic Rehearsal". The broadcast originates from Carnegie Hall. The orchestra is heard rehearsing, "Don Quixote" (Strauss). The New York Philharmonic, Bruno Walter (conductor). 10:22. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Incomplete.

20600. American Music Festival. February 17, 1948. WNYC, New York. Sustaining. The players from the "This Is Jazz" series. Thirty two minutes of a longer program, excellent condition, apparently the complete "This Is Jazz" segment. George Brunis, Morey Feld, Ralph Sutton (piano), Rudi Blesh (commentator), Sid Weiss, Wild Bill Davison. 32 minutes. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete as above.

103520. American Music Festival. February 15, 1949. WNYC, New York City. "Town Hall Concert". The first selection is the radio premier of Halsey Stevens' "Violin Sonata." Maurice Wilk (violin), The New York Woodwind Quintet, Bernice Rapkin (piano), Kenneth Spencer (baritone), Vincent Impellitteri (president of the City Council of New York), Paul Olefsky (cello), Theodore Lettvin (piano), Alfred Knopf (piano). 1:17:36. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

103526. American Music Festival. February 19, 1949. WNYC, New York City. A music program for children. "The Music Maestro" (whose name is mentioned at the end of the program but is not understandable) tells the story of a pack mule; and presents Grofe's, "On The Trail." The Music Maestro, Gerald Pearson (recorded effects). 14:25. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

103529. American Music Festival. February 14, 1950. WNYC, New York City. "Concert By The Society For Forgotten Music Quartet". A concert from "The Music School Settlement Of East 3rd Street" in Manhattan. The first selection is the "Quartet, Opus 132" (Hadley) The Society For Forgotten Music Quartet, David Randolph (host), Harry Zarief (violin), David Mankowitz (violin), William Shawn (viola), Maurice Bialkin (cello), Shirley Reisman (piano), Vernon Duke (famous composer, billed as "Valdimir Dukelsky" also founder and director of the Quartet), Joan Bishop (mezzo), Henry Hadley (composer), Alexander Reinagle (composer), Francis Hopkinson (composer), Charles Martin Loeffler (composer), Horatio Parker (composer), George Whitefield Chadwick (composer). 1:27:31. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

103527. American Music Festival. February 17, 1950. WNYC, New York City. "Benny Goodman Interview". Benny is asked questions about bop and the future of dance music. Benny mentions his most satisfying recording ("Sometimes I'm Happy"); his foremost vocalist (Ella Fitzgerald) and names his favorite arrangers and composers. Recorded music has been deleted. Benny Goodman. 7:05. Audio condition: Very good. Incomplete.

103528. American Music Festival. February 18, 1950. WNYC, New York City. "Teddy Wilson Interview". Teddy speaks about his musical training, his introduction to jazz, who were his biggest influences, how he was discovered. Recorded music has been deleted. Teddy Wilson. 8:47. Audio condition: Very good to excellent. Incomplete.

103533. American Music Festival. March 27, 1950. WNYC, New York City. "Rex Wilder Chorus Town Hall Concert". 3:40 P.M. The first selection is, "Madrigals" (Rorem). The Rex Wilder Chorus, The Rex Wilder Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Saidenberg (conductor), Carl Stern (cello), Winifred Cecil (soprano), Mitch Miller (oboe, billed as, "Mitchell Miller"), Alba Serco (piano), Ned Rorem (composer), Ethel Glenn Hier (composer), Burrill Phillips (composer), John Duke (composer), Cecil Dargetty (composer), Samuel Barber (composer). 56:44. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

103530. American Music Festival. February 12, 1951. Program #1. WNYC, New York City. "Opening Concert From Town Hall". The first program of this year's festival. The first selection is, "Hallelujah." Seymour Siegel (director of WNYC), Vincent Impellitteri (Mayor of New York City), The Collegiate Chorale, Helen Thigpen, The Helimi Trio, Robert Weede. 1:34:51. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

103819. American Music Festival. February 12, 1952. WNYC, New York City. The program originates from Town Hall. The opening concert of the 13th annual American Music Festival. The first selection is the Symphonia For Woodwind Quartet (Helden). Seymour Siegel (host), Olga Koussevitzky (Serge's 3rd wife), Vincent Impellitteri (Mayor, New York City), The New York Woodwind Quartet, Samuel Barren (flute), Jerome Roth (oboe), David Glazer (clarinet), Bernard Garfield (bassoon), Ralph Pile (French horn), The New York Wind Ensemble, Bernard Helden (composer), Norman Greenberg (French horn), Robert Nagel (composer, trumpet), Theodore Weiss (trumpet), Julian Magnon (? trombone), Josef Novotny (tuba), Elie Siegmeister (composer, piano), Brenda Miller, Joseph Goodman (composer), The Segal Trio, Edith Segal (flute), Mary Stretch (paino), Muffy Vonn (cello), Marcel Grandjany (composer), Gunther Schuller (composer), The New Chamber Music Society, Paul Wolf (conductor). 1:38:28. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

103531. American Music Festival. February 12, 1953. Program #1. WNYC, New York City. "Opening Concert". The first selection is, "Sonata For Piano and Percussion" (Glanville-Hicks). Seymour Siegel (director of WNYC), Maxim Schapiro (piano), Elden Bailey (?, percussion), Phil Krauss (percussion), Walter Rosenberger (percussion), David Glazer (clarinet), William Arrowsmith (oboe), Elden Gatwood (? oboe), John Wummer (flute), Mildred Hunt Wummer (flute), Davis Schuman (trombone), Valarie Lamoree (soprano), The Israeli Quartet, Carlos Surinach (conductor), Harold Glick (conductor). 1:48:03. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

103532. American Music Festival. February 12, 1954. Program #1. WNYC, New York City. "Opening Concert From Town Hall". The first selection is, "The Concerto For Violin and Orchestra" (Gebb). Seymour Siegel (director of WNYC), Robert Wagner (Mayor, New York City), The Orchestra of The National Orchestra Association, Leon Barzin (conductor), Douglas Moore (President, National Institute Of Arts and Letters), Maurice Wilk (violin), William Hess (tenor), Peggy Glanville-Hicks (award winner), Roger Loeb (award winner), Nikolai Lopatnikoff (award winner). 1:29:37. Audio condition: Excellent. Complete.

103534. American Music Festival. February 16, 1955. WNYC, New York City. "Howard Hanson". Howard Hanson conducts and comments on his own music. The recordings he introduces are not heard on this recording. Howard Hanson. 6:52. Audio condition: Excellent. Incomplete.

Report contains 58 programs.