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Ah! Love, I Shall Find Thee - The Songs Of Gena Branscombe


Release Date: 11/25/2003 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 599   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gena Branscombe
Performer:  Kathleen ShimetaMartin Hennessey
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Gena Branscombe was a major figure in song writing from the turn of the century through the 1930s, the period when the solo recital was a viable venue for the professional singer. Gena grew up immersed from an early age in the musical life in the small Canadian town of Picton, Ontario. She studied with local teachers, finished high school with honors at 15, and then went to Chicago where she enrolled in the Chicago Musical College as a scholarship student of Rudolph Ganz. Basically on her own from age 16 onwards, she taught piano students and accompanied singers to supplement her income. In 1901, she joined the Musical College as a piano teacher. In 1907, she moved to Walla Walla, Washington, to establish the music department and teach at Read more Whitman College. In 1909-1910, she studied in Berlin with Ganz and Englebert Humperdinck. She returned to America in 1910 and married and then settled in New York City where she and her husband had four daughters. She then moved to Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, where she began to participate in local choruses. She wrote much choral music and succeeded Mrs. H.H.A. Beach as the second president of the Society of American Women Composers. The 1930s marked the creation of the Branscombe Choral, a womenís chorus. The chorus was finally disbanded in 1954, when Gena was 73 years old. She spent the rest of her life traveling with her daughters and composing. Her first songs were published in Chicago in the 1890s, while she was still a student. Her last song was published in 1957. Her greatest activity as a published song composer was between 1906 and 1922, after which her attention turned to choral works. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
The Bells of Circumstance: Ah! Love, I shall find thee by Gena Branscombe
Performer:  Kathleen Shimeta (Mezzo Soprano), Martin Hennessey (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920s; New York, USA 
Date of Recording: 2001-02 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: English 
2.
A Lute of Jade by Gena Branscombe
Performer:  Kathleen Shimeta (Mezzo Soprano), Martin Hennessey (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; New York, USA 
Date of Recording: 2001-02 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 16 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: English 
3.
Serenade by Gena Branscombe
Performer:  Martin Hennessey (Piano), Kathleen Shimeta (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905 
Date of Recording: 2001-02 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: English 
4.
Hail ye tyme of holiedayes by Gena Branscombe
Performer:  Kathleen Shimeta (Mezzo Soprano), Martin Hennessey (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924 
Date of Recording: 2001-02 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: English 
5.
Enchantment by Gena Branscombe
Performer:  Kathleen Shimeta (Mezzo Soprano), Martin Hennessey (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 2001-02 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: English 
6.
Sleep, then, ah sleep by Gena Branscombe
Performer:  Kathleen Shimeta (Mezzo Soprano), Martin Hennessey (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 2001-02 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: English 
7.
Ould Doctor Ma'Ginn by Gena Branscombe
Performer:  Martin Hennessey (Piano), Kathleen Shimeta (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1911 
Date of Recording: 2001-02 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: English 
8.
Love in a Life by Gena Branscombe
Performer:  Kathleen Shimeta (Mezzo Soprano), Martin Hennessey (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 2001-02 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 14 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: English 
9.
Sprightly Mrs. Grasshopper by Gena Branscombe
Performer:  Martin Hennessey (Piano), Kathleen Shimeta (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 2001-02 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: English 
10.
Glück by Gena Branscombe
Performer:  Kathleen Shimeta (Mezzo Soprano), Martin Hennessey (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 2001-02 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: English 
11.
I bring you heartease and roses by Gena Branscombe
Performer:  Martin Hennessey (Piano), Kathleen Shimeta (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; USA 
Date of Recording: 2001-02 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: English 
12.
Over Dreaming Children by Gena Branscombe
Performer:  Martin Hennessey (Piano), Kathleen Shimeta (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 2001-02 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: English 
13.
On Green and Grassy Hillside by Gena Branscombe
Performer:  Martin Hennessey (Piano), Kathleen Shimeta (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 2001-02 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: English 
14.
Dear Lad O' Mine by Gena Branscombe
Performer:  Martin Hennessey (Piano), Kathleen Shimeta (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 2001-02 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: English 
15.
Blow softly, maple leaves by Gena Branscombe
Performer:  Martin Hennessey (Piano), Kathleen Shimeta (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 2001-02 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: English 
16.
The Best Is Yet to Be by Gena Branscombe
Performer:  Martin Hennessey (Piano), Kathleen Shimeta (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 2001-02 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: English 
17.
Hill Top Dreaming by Gena Branscombe
Performer:  Martin Hennessey (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1925 
Date of Recording: 2001-02 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
18.
A Woodsy Nymph Came Dancing by Gena Branscombe
Performer:  Martin Hennessey (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1925 
Date of Recording: 2001-02 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
19.
In Distant Lands: A Norwegian Song by Gena Branscombe
Performer:  Martin Hennessey (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; USA 
Date of Recording: 2001-02 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
20.
In Distant Lands: One Sunny Day in Naples by Gena Branscombe
Performer:  Martin Hennessey (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; USA 
Date of Recording: 2001-02 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 

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