The Parlour Piano: American Popular Songs of the 1800's

The Parlour Piano: American Popular Songs of the 1800's

Dorothy Mesney and Myron McPherson FW32321 / FTS 32321

Listening to this album is tantamount to pulling back the drapery and looking through a window into nineteenth-century middle-class America. Compiled and performed by mezzo-soprano Dorothy Mesney with music from accomplished pianist Mynon McPherson, the album captures the feeling with which the songs were originally performed around the parlour piano or in the music hall—from the gentle humor of “The Old Bachelor” to the touching beauty of “The Ship on Fire.”

Each track has been chosen with loving interest; such is Mesney’s fascination with music of this era. Mesney was a founder of The American Experience, a group dedicated to performing American music of all periods. Her first recording for Folkways, Patchwork and Powderhorn: Songs and Ballads of the American Revolutionary Era (FW05278), is available here.

Year Released
1978
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1978 Folkways Records

Genre(s) American Popular
Country(s) United States
Culture Group(s) Anglo-American
Instrument(s) Piano; Vocals
Language(s) English
Subject(s) Popular music--United States; United States History; World history
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101 Oh Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms Dorothy Mesney and Myron McPherson 2:13
102 If You've Only Got a Moustache Dorothy Mesney and Myron McPherson 1:33
103 The Washing Day Dorothy Mesney and Myron McPherson 1:56
104 The Watchman Dorothy Mesney and Myron McPherson 1:45
105 He Was Such a Nice Man Dorothy Mesney and Myron McPherson 3:57
106 Love and Duty Dorothy Mesney and Myron McPherson 2:57
107 I'm a Quiet Family Man Dorothy Mesney and Myron McPherson 1:51
201 Home, Sweet Home Dorothy Mesney and Myron McPherson 3:01
202 Mama, or Why Don't the Men Propose? Dorothy Mesney and Myron McPherson 2:51
203 The Old Bachelor Dorothy Mesney and Myron McPherson 3:12
204 Woodman, Spare That Tree Dorothy Mesney and Myron McPherson 2:42
205 The Ship on Fire Dorothy Mesney and Myron McPherson 5:52
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