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Songs Of An Innocent Age / Paul Sperry, Irma Vallecillo


Release Date: 10/24/2006 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 34   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Charles Wakefield CadmanHarvey W. LoomisFrederick AyresJohn Knowles Paine,   ... 
Performer:  Paul SperryIrma Vallecillo
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"...Sperry and pianist Irma Vallecillo are a first-rate team, bringing insight and musical understanding to this neglected corner of song literature. It's an excursion into a kinder, gentler time, and a trip worth taking. Excellent sound. Complete texts are included, which add to the enjoyment of this delightful and unusual recital."

- The NATS Journal

Paul Sperry says: "I first became attracted to turn-of-the-century American songs in 1975 when I started preparing recitals for the Bicentennial celebration. I discovered an enormous repertory of delightful music of which this recording contains only a small sample. Most of these songs were written primarily to be sung in the parlor around
Read more the piano, but many were quickly picked up and performed in concert by the leading singers of the day. As tastes changed over the last 70 years, they virtually disappeared from the concert hall, and as record listening replaced live music-making at home, they were abandoned there as well. Thus for a long time, these pieces have been virtually ignored. Happily, tastes are changing again and both singers and audiences are taking great pleasure in this charming music."
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Works on This Recording

1. American Indian Songs (4), Op. 45 no 1: From the land of the sky-blue water by Charles Wakefield Cadman
Performer:  Paul Sperry (Tenor), Irma Vallecillo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; USA 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: English 
2. Hark! Hark! the Lark by Harvey W. Loomis
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: English 
3. Take, o take those lips away by Frederick Ayres
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 0 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: English 
4. Where the Bee Sucks by Frederick Ayres
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: English 
5. Songs (4), Op. 29: no 3, Early Spring-Time by John Knowles Paine
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1879; USA 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: English 
6. You'll miss lots of fun when you're married by John Philip Sousa
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; USA 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: English 
7. Oh! That We Two Were Maying by Ethelbert Nevin
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: English 
8. One Spring Morning by Ethelbert Nevin
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: English 
9. Orsola's Song by Ethelbert Nevin
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: English 
10. Nocturne by Ethelbert Nevin
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: English 
11. Water Scenes, Op. 13: no 4, Narcissus by Ethelbert Nevin
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Boston, Massachusett 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: John Martel 
12. It Was a Lover and His Lass by Arthur Foote
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: English 
13. O Swallow, Swallow, Flying South by Arthur Foote
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: English 
14. Adversity by George W. Chadwick
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1902; USA 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: English 
15. Euthanasia by George W. Chadwick
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1902; USA 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: English 
16. Songs (6), Op. 14: The Danza by George W. Chadwick
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1885; USA 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: English 
17. The Owl by Henry F. Gilbert
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1910; USA 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: English 
18. Tell me, where is fancy bred? by Henry F. Gilbert
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1905; USA 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 5 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: English 
19. Pirate Song by Henry F. Gilbert
Performer:  Paul Sperry (Tenor), Irma Vallecillo (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1902; USA 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: English 
20. Looking-Glass River by John Alden Carpenter
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; USA 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: English 
21. Poems (4): Dansons la gigue by John Alden Carpenter
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1912; USA 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: French 
22. Songs (4), Op. 56: no 1, Long ago by Edward MacDowell
Performer:  Paul Sperry (Tenor), Irma Vallecillo (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; USA 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: English 
23. Songs (4), Op. 56: no 3, A maid sings light by Edward MacDowell
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; USA 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 0 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: English 
24. Auf ihrem Grab by Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1911; USA 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: English 
25. Wohl lag ich einst in Gram und Schmerz by Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Performer:  Paul Sperry (Tenor), Irma Vallecillo (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1911; USA 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 0 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: German 
26. Spring Song by Charles Ives
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; USA 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: English 
27. The Circus Band by Charles Ives
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1894; USA 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: English 
28. The Capture of Bacchus by Dudley Buck
Performer:  Paul Sperry (Tenor), Irma Vallecillo (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: USA 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: English 
29. It Was a Lover and His Lass by Henry Clough-Leiter
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: English 
30. Half Minute Songs by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910-1911; USA 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: English 
31. Songs (4), Op. 1: no 4, Ariette by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Paul Sperry (Tenor), Irma Vallecillo (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1886; USA 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: English 
32. Shakespeare Songs (3), Op. 37: no 2, Take, o take those lips away by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Irma Vallecillo (Piano), Paul Sperry (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1897; USA 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: English 
33. Shakespeare Songs (3), Op. 37: no 1, O mistress mine by Amy Marcy Beach
Performer:  Paul Sperry (Tenor), Irma Vallecillo (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1897; USA 
Venue:  Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: English 

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