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Sheet Music of the Week: See You Next Month Edition

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"I won't be back till August," by Albert Gumble. New York: Jerome H. Remick & Co., 1910.

Composer Albert Gumble’s most popular song was  “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm,”  but his IMDB entry has a surprising series of credits: more than a dozen cartoon and comedy shorts, including the Bugs and Daffy vehicle “Duck! Rabbit! Duck!” These soundtrack listings come from Gumble and Bryan’s “Winter,” a popular musical cue for snowy cartoon scenes.  The songwriting team’s  “I won’t be back till August” is in a decidedly summerlike vein, one that I’d be happy to trade  for snow right now.

I’ve shown this late Art Nouveau illustration,  by Frew,  to a number of people,  and their guesses as to the identity of those three vertical figures range from microphones (thanks Jan L.) to one-eyed Squidwards with antennae (thanks V).  I see veils.  Whatever they are, fauna or flora, I think it means we all need a vacation.  Thanks to fellow blogger Cait Miller for discovering this in Historic Sheet Music, 1800-1922 in the Performing Arts Encyclopeda.  In The Muse will be taking a much needed breather soon, but we promise to leave you in good hands.


Comments (2)

  1. What a great collection!
    Thank you for sharing with those who are no where near DC.

    Wishing you a “cool” weekend…

  2. And this is why i’m on vacation right now!

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