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Here’s a song Josh White recorded in 1945, “Beloved Comrade”. It was written by Abel Meeropol, as “Lewis Allan” with music by Fred Katz. It’s often associated with the Spanish Civil War although White’s recording probably was intended to commemorate the death of FDR. According to some Folkways liner notes Josh White “…had first performed “Beloved Comrade” more than a year earlier in Lansgston Hughes’s B.B.C. radio play, The Man Who Went to War…”


“Chi Mi Frena In Tal Momento?”
(Sextet from Act II of “Lucia di Lammermoor”)
This recording was made in 1908 by Enrico Caruso , Marcella Sembrich , Antonio Scotti, Marcel Journet , Barbara Severina, and Francesco Daddi; it was released by Victor on a single-sided disk for the then-astronomical price of $7.00.

Please have a peek at the AUDIOBOOKS page for some recent work in that medium.

Sarah Bernhardt, ca.1910; an excerpt from Racine’s “Phaedre”

Check back soon for news about Christian Baskous’ new projects.

The original podcast “Safety in the Field” is now in pre-production, stay tuned.


Poetry class, 1980 or so. (c)JessicaKatz

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