New York 19

New York 19

Tony Schwartz FW05558 / FD 5558

New York 19 is a collection of recordings compiled by sound archivist Tony Schwartz that captures the musicality in a single postal zone in Manhattan. The album moves from the sounds of various national and religious groups to those of children’s games as well as everyday conversations, jackhammers, and trains. Pete Seeger is heard on track 2, leading a sing-along of the classic "Wimoweh," and legendary composer and street musician Moondog (aka "the Viking of 6th Avenue) appears on track 6, playing the Oo. In New York 19, Schwartz reveals the melody and rhythm of everyday life in Manhattan life c. 1954.

Year Released 1954
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1954 Folkways Records
Genre(s) Documentary
Country(s) United States
Language(s) English
Subject(s) Cries; Games; Sound effects

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101 Why Collect Recordings? / El Venadito (medley) Tony Schwartz 1:40
102 Exchange by Mail / Greetings from Afar / Wimoweh / ... in New York 19 (medley) Tony Schwartz 4:28
103 National Groups / French Song and Comment / Romanian Song and Comment / Nigerian Students / Israeli Song (medley) Tony Schwartz 5:44
104 Religion (Street Preacher, Jewish Prayer) Tony Schwartz 4:10
105 Translations (Italian, Puerto Rican Jukebox Record) Tony Schwartz 4:04
201 Street Musicians / Times Square Accordionist / Carnegie Hall Fiddler (medley) Tony Schwartz 2:16
202 Selling (Theater Barker, 52nd Street Doorman, Salesman, Theater Program, Flowers, Newspapers) Tony Schwartz 5:20
203 Children (Ring Games, Jump Rope, Bounce Ball, Clapping, Bong o Boys Basement Drums) Tony Schwartz 3:39
204 Sounds of the City (Street driller, 9th Avenue "L") Tony Schwartz 1:45
205 Music in Speech (Grocer, Elderly woman, Plumber) Tony Schwartz 4:30
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