Found in the New York City Municipal Archives was a March 15, 1949 recording of the Branscombe Choral performing on WNYC. The women’s chorus was led by “one of America’s foremost woman musicians,” Gena Branscombe.
The four pieces featured on this broadcast were arrangements of folk tunes about the out-of-doors and the beauties of nature:
1. “Girls in the Garden” - arranged by H.A. Schemerling
2. “O River Flowing Dark and Wide” – A Czech folk tune – arranged by Gena Branscombe
3. “The Soldier” – a Kentucky folk tune – arranged by Katherine Davis
4. “Murmur on, Sweet Harp” – a newly discovered Stephen Foster song – arranged by Gena Branscombe
The year 1949 marked the 15th Anniversary of The Branscombe Choral with members celebrating at an anniversary dinner. They began the year performing on WNYC, then Town Hall in May and completing the year with their annual Christmas concert at the Broadway Tabernacle Church in December.
Scroll to the bottom of this hyperlink and you will find the 13 minute performance. Another blog posting will feature Pilgrims of Destiny.
Enjoy listening to the broadcast which is Courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives.