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Charlie Baum the Whiffenpoofs Mavourneen (11) RE: the Whiffenpoofs Mavourneen 01 May 13


From the site http://www.whiffalumni.com/early_repertoire :

Another song with surprising roots is Mavourneen. Together with Shall I, Wasting, this was one of the two songs celebrated in the 1909 Whiffenpoof Song lyrics as 'the songs we love so well.'
Now assumed by all to be a traditional Irish ballad, Mavourneen is, in fact, the tag for Barney O'Flynn from Babes in Toyland, written by Victor Herbert only six years earlier in 1903. Together, Velia and Mavourneen show a different, more contemporary aspect of the Whiffenpoof repertoire, influenced by the musical theatre of the day and promptly transforming new songs into classics.


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