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Thread #96272   Message #1883269
Posted By: Peace
11-Nov-06 - 02:50 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: General Slocum (wreck of/Disaster)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: General Slocum (wreck of/Disaster)
"Slocum Music
To date, research shows that there were four musical pieces composed specifically for the Slocum as a result of the tragedy:
1- "The General Slocum" by Charles Ives in 1904 finished about 1930 from notes he left.
2- "The Slocum Waltz" by Eric Blau about 1996
3- "The General Slocum" by Patricia Spaeth in 1903-04, premiered at 1904 Anniversary
4- "The Ballad of the General Slocum" by William Bates in 2005, premiered at 101 Anniversary.
In 1904 George M. Cohan was a prolific composer. One of this period was a song, "They Were My Friends." It has been wondered whether the song may have been inspired by the Slocum tragedy though no evidence has been seen to support that conjecture."