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

Dorothy Mesney and Myron McPherson
The Parlour Piano: American Popular Songs of the 1800's

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.

Track Listing

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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