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A rendition by American Quartet (with Will Oakland) of "In the Gloaming", a song first composed in 1877 by Annie Fortescue Harrison (1850/1–1944) using lyrics taken from a poem by Meta Orred (1845/6-1893). …Continued
Traditional music for the midsummer “Schottische” dance, known as “Schottis” in Scandinavia where this score is thought to have originated from. The dance is considered by The Oxford Companion to Music to be a kind of slower polka, with continental-European origin (possibly Bohemia). The recording might possibly be of accordion …Continued
Frank C. Stanley performing Auld Lang Syne, the poem written by the Scotsman Robert Burns which is traditionally sung to celebrate the start of the New Year at the stroke of midnight. The song’s Scots title may be translated into English literally as “old long since”, or more idiomatically, “long …Continued