Songs of an Innocent Age
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Romantic American song with old-fashioned appeal.

Paul Sperry says: "I first became attracted to turn-of-the-century American songs in 1975 when I started preparing recitals for the Bicentennial celebration. I discovered an enormous repertory of delightful music of which this recording contains only a small sample. Most of these songs were written primarily to be sung in the parlor around the piano, but many were quickly picked up and performed in concert by the leading singers of the day. As tastes changed over the last 70 years, they virtually disappeared from the concert hall, and as record listening replaced live music-making at home, they were abandoned there as well. Thus for a long time, these pieces have been virtually ignored. Happily, tastes are changing again and both singers and audiences are taking great pleasure in this charming music."
Contents:
Frederick Ayres, composer
Take, O Take those Lips Away
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Frederick Ayres, composer
Where the Bee Sucks
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Amy Beach, composer
Ariette
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Amy Beach, composer
Take, O Take those Lips Away
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Amy Beach, composer
O Mistress Mine
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Carrie Jacobs Bond, composer
The Half-Minute Songs
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Dudley Buck, composer
The Capture of Bacchus
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Charles Wakefield Cadman, composer
From the Land of Sky-Blue Water
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


John Alden Carpenter, composer
Looking-Glass river
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


John Alden Carpenter, composer
Dansons la gigue
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


George Whitefield Chadwick, composer
Adversity
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


George Whitefield Chadwick, composer
Euthanasia
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


George Whitefield Chadwick, composer
The Danza
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Henry Clough-Leighter, composer
It Was a Lover and His Lass
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Arthur Foote, composer
It Was a Lover and His Lass
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Arthur Foote, composer
O Swallow, Swallow Flying South
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Henry F. Gilbert, composer
The Owl
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Henry F. Gilbert, composer
Tell Me Where Is Fancy Bred
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Henry F. Gilbert, composer
Pirate Song
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Charles Griffes, composer
Auf ihrem Grab
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Charles Griffes, composer
Wohl lag ich einst in Gram und Schmerz
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Charles Ives, composer
Spring Song
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Charles Ives, composer
The Circus Band
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Harvey Worthington Loomis, composer
Hark! Hark! The Lark
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Edward MacDowell, composer
Long Ago, Sweetheart Mine
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Edward MacDowell, composer
A Maid Sings Light
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Ethelbert Nevin, composer
Oh! That We Two Were Maying
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Ethelbert Nevin, composer
One Spring Morning
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Ethelbert Nevin, composer
Orsola's Song
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Ethelbert Nevin, composer
Nocturne
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


Ethelbert Nevin, composer
Narcissus
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


John Knowles Paine, composer
Early Spring-Time
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano


John Phillip Sousa, composer
You'll Miss Lots of Fun when You're Married
Paul Sperry, tenor, Irma Vallecillo, piano

Review:
"...Sperry and pianist Irma Vallecillo are a first-rate team, bringing insight and musical understanding to this neglected corner of song literature. It's an excursion into a kinder, gentler time, and a trip worth taking. Excellent sound. Complete texts are included, which add to the enjoyment of this delightful and unusual recital." (The NATS Journal)
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