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"Sidewalks of New York"

"Sidewalks of New York" from the recording Music of the Carousel, Folkways SFW CD FX612, provided courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. © 1961 Used by permission.

 


"School Days"

"School Days" from the recording Music of the Carousel, Folkways SFW CD FX612, provided courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. © 1961 Used by permission.

In listening to the merry-go-round, musical associations swirl about it like the twist and turns of a highland skirt. There is, quite appropriately, the suggestion of a ground bass; the shade of Maelzel’s trumpeter with a display of triple-tongue technique; and there are snare drum effects like cymbals, as you hear them sometimes in polka bands. The tunes also are a pot-pourri of popular, theater, brass band and folk selections. Moreover, these are sometimes reminiscent of the short, repeated choruses of the old cylinder organs. The Merry-Go-Round is a beautiful grab–bag of musical memories.

 



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