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Smallens, Alexander 1889-1972

Overview
Works: 288 works in 410 publications in 5 languages and 2,409 library holdings
Genres: Operas  History  Documentary films  Historical films  Musicals  Original cast recordings  Live sound recordings  Educational films  Internet videos  Jazz 
Roles: Conductor, Performer, Author, Depicted
Classifications: M1012, 782.1
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The plow that broke the plains ; The river( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 632 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The plow that broke the plains (1936) is a short documentary film which shows what happened to the Great Plains region of the United States and Canada when uncontrolled agricultural farming led to the Dust Bowl. It was written and directed by Pare Lorentz. Lorentz worked on the film with composer Virgil Thomson, who shared Lorentz's enthusiasm for folk music and incorporated many folk melodies, along with other popular and religious music, into the soundtrack. The film was narrated by the American baritone Thomas Hardie Chalmers. The film was sponsored by the United States government (Resettlement Administration) to raise awareness about the New Deal and was intended to cost $6,000 or less; it eventually cost over $19,000 and Lorentz, turning in many receipts written on various scraps of paper, had many of his reimbursements denied and paid for much of the film himself. Lorentz later faced criticism for appearing to blame westward bound settlers for the ecological crisis by having eroded the soil of the Plains with unrestrained farming (and one of his photographers, Arthur Rothstein, was criticized for moving a skull from one location to another in the Dust Bowl to shoot it and for other stagings in the film), but the film nonetheless succeeded in driving home the message of the severity of the problem caused by the misuse of land. Virgil Thomson compiled a concert suite from his original score, which has been performed and recorded. One of the earliest recordings was for Vanguard Records with Leopold Stokowski conducting the Symphony of the Air; the original stereo LP also included a suite from Thomson's score for another Lorentz documentary, The River. In 1999, The Plow That Broke the Plains was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant"
Porgy & Bess : original Broadway cast by George Gershwin( Recording )

20 editions published between 1936 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 553 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three songs from a radio presentation of Porgy and Bess
Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin( )

16 editions published between 1952 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The first complete recording of the opera based on Gershwin's original score, restoring the material cut by Gershwin during rehearsals for the New York premiere in 1935, was made by the Cleveland Orchestra under Lorin Maazel in 1976, in time for the U.S. Bicentennial"--Wikipedia (Feb 2007)
Lawrence Tibbett : Verdi, Rossini, Bizet, Gershwin by Lawrence Tibbett( Recording )

2 editions published in 1989 in Multiple languages and Italian and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historic Gershwin recordings by George Gershwin( Recording )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Babes in Toyland by Victor Herbert( Recording )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Original motion picture soundtrack to Victor Herbert's operetta, with Laurel and Hardy
Opera arias & concert songs, 1928-1940 : Opera arias & sound tracks, 1935-1939( Recording )

1 edition published in 1997 in Italian and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Grace Moore sings by Grace Moore( Recording )

1 edition published in 1951 in Italian and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The plow that broke the plains by Pare Lorentz( Visual )

8 editions published between 1936 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Presents the social and economic history of the Great Plains from the settlement of the prairies by cattlemen and farmers through the World War I boom to the years of depression and drought"--Educational film locator, 1978
Babes in Toyland : selections from the operetta by Victor Herbert( Recording )

3 editions published between 1946 and 1957 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Love me forever by Grace Moore( Recording )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Feuermann in concert by Emanuel Feuermann( Recording )

1 edition published in 2005 and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The World at War by Jeremy Isaacs( Visual )

2 editions published between 1985 and 2013 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pictorial record, taken completely from news reels and captured enemy films, of the war and the trend toward war, 1931-1941. Shows the events in Asia and Europe that led to the attack on Pearl Harbor and American involvement
Porgy & Bess by George Gershwin( Book )

6 editions published between 1942 and 1954 in English and Italian and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

National Theatre, Louis A. Lotito, managing director, Blevins Davis and Robert Breen present "Porgy and Bess," music by George Gershwin, libretto by DuBose Heyward, lyrics by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin (based on the play, "Porgy," by Dorothy and DuBose Heyward), directed by Robert Breen, musical director Alexander Smallens, settings by Wolfgang Roth, costumes by Jed Mace, assistant musical director Samuel Matlowsky, choral director Eve Jessye, assistant musical conductor William Jonson
Carnaval overture, op. 92 by Antonín Dvořák( Recording )

1 edition published in 1952 and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peter and the wolf, op. 67 : a symphonic story for children by Sergey Prokofiev( Recording )

3 editions published between 1963 and 1965 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Highlights from "Porgy and Bess" by George Gershwin( Recording )

1 edition published in 1935 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gladys Swarthout, 1904-1969 by Gladys Swarthout( Recording )

1 edition published in 2002 in French and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The plow that broke the Plains : original soundtrack recording ; A Tuesday in November : original soundtrack recording by Virgil Thomson( Recording )

1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Alexander Smallens American conductor

Alexander Smallens Amerikaans dirigent (1889-1972)

Alexander Smallens direttore d'orchestra e direttore artistico russo

סמולנס, אלכסנדר 1889-1972

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