Monday
Aug132012

"LET'S LISTEN TO HAYDN" RECORD BY CORNELIA MEIGS AND ED ARNO (and joseph haydn)

This record caught my eye at a book sale last week:

 

It's a children's biography of Joseph Haydn, with musical examples, released by the Haydn Society in Boston in 1951.  The narration was written by Cornelia Meigs, who won the 1932 Newbery Award for Invincible Louisa, her biography of Louisa May Alcott.

It was Ed Arno's cover illustration that attracted my attention.   I knew him first from his illustrations for The Gingerbread Man:


and The Magic Fish:

  

Billboard magazine gave "Let's Listen To Haydn" a score of 85 the week of its release  (an "Excellent" review-- just five points shy of "Tops".)  According to Billboard, it is recommended for older children and moppet geniuses but is "...not suitable for juke boxes!" 

By the way, the #1 record that week was Patti Page's recording of "Tennessee Waltz" and the #10 record was Guy Lombardo's recording of "Tennessee Waltz".  Evidently that was a good week to release a recording of "Tennessee Waltz".

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