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Seek Ampico Roll "Who Is Sylvia?"
By Mike Walter

Hi all,  I'm searching for an Ampico copy of "Who Is Sylvia", a roll
that was released in 1923 for Mezzo-Soprano or Baritone, 61951, and
also Alto and Bass, 61961.  It was then re-released in 1925 in the
Accompaniment series for Mezzo-Soprano and Bass, 30131, and also Alto
and Bass, 30121.

It is a Schubert art song and I would imagine that at the time
there was a great interest in the music.  I don't believe that it
was converted into a B roll, but I would like to find a copy so that
I can actually find out who Sylvia really is!  It may be interesting
that the name Sylvia reappears in the journals of Ampico-dom when
the ballad "Sylvia" makes an appearance in November 1926.

Is there any other name that appears on two separate roll titles in

Please let me know if you have a copy of "Who is Sylvia" that you
would be happy to sell to me.  Thanks very much!

Mike Walter [delete ".geentroep" to reply]

 [ Schubert composed the melody in 1826 to accompany the song
 [ lytics (in English) from Act IV of William Shakespeare's play,
 [ "Two Gentlemen from Verona."  The song was first published in 1828
 [ under the title, "An Sylvia", catalogued as D.891 (Op. 106 No. 4).
 [ Shakespeare's English text begins: Who is Silvia? What is she,
 [   That all our swains commend her?
 [ The German translation begins: Was ist Sylvia, saget an,
 [   dass sie die weite Flur preist?
 [ "Sylvia", Ampico 1921F, is by American composer Oley Speaks.
 [ Ref.
 [ -- Robbie

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