Tony Schwartz ‎– New York 19

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Folkways Records ‎– FD 5558
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"New York 19" grew out of my hobby of tape recording. I work professionally as a free lance commercial artist. Since 1947 when I first purchased a magnetic recorder, I have been exchanging recordings with people all over the world. In asking people to exchange with me I said I was interested in music and folklore of their communities and that I would send them material of mine. In 1952 I decided to channelize my recording activities to a thorough study of the folklore of the community in which I live. The material on this record was made from several thousand recordings made in this study.

My definition of folklore is broader than the traditional one. The dictionary defines folklore as "traditional customs, beliefs, tales, or sayings preserved unreflectively among a people." In addition to this type of material I include the non-commercial musical expression of people now living and working in New York 19. Folklore starts somewhere and sometime and I wanted to show material of this type starting today.

New York 19 is located in the middle of Manhattan Island. It is bounded on the North by 60th Street, on the South by the Times Square area, on the West by the Hudson River and on the East by Fifth Avenue with the exception of Radio City. During my work on this project the southern boundary of New York 19 was raised a few blocks. All the material on this record was recorded in this area with the exception of an item or two which may have been recorded a few blocks away but which was related to life in the area. It is of interest to note that New York 19 is the commercial music center of the country. The largest record companies. music publishers, theatres, concert halls, symphony orchestras and churches are in or adjoining this area.

(Introduction to 12 page booklet of detailed notes on the recordings, included with this LP.)

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