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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000456.txt from 2004/08

From: "Karl Krelove" <karlkrelove@-----.net>
Subj: [kl] Non-Clarinet Musical Question
Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 22:19:50 -0400

Quick question about the identity of a piece I heard last night (but a great
leap from Mozart): we were visiting the Artifacts of the Titanic exhibit
here in Philadelphia. In one of the rooms a loop was playing of a violinist
with piano accompaniment playing a tune most Americans (I don't know about
those on the other side of the water) would recognize as Glow Worm ("Shine,
little glow worm, glimmer, glimmer..."). The performance made me wonder if
it may have originally been something else that later became "Glow Worm."
One Internet source I found credits the music to Paul Lincke and the lyric
(which turns out to be much longer than I ever knew) to Lilla Cayley
Robinson in 1907, so the song itself might have been popular in 1912. Does
anyone know if Lincke borrowed from an earlier original source piece? Or was
this just an instrumental setting of a popular turn-of-the-century song? My
curiosity was aroused.

Karl Krelove

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