The most famous movement from "The Carnival Of The Animals" (1886) by French composer Camille Saint-Saens(1835-1921). The musical setting for Pavlova's legendary "Dying Swan."
Unmistakably Welsh folk song (" Ar Hyd y Nos") from late 18th century, a staple of Welsh choirs usually sung in Welsh, best known internationally for 1884 English lyrics by Sir Harold Boulton.
Written by English clergyman John Newton(1725-1807) as expiation for his involvement with the slave trade. First presented as part of a sermon in 1773, it was published in 1779, then forever after sung to the tune "New Britain" beginning in 1835.
Music by Louis Silver, lyrics by B.G.(Buddy)De Sylva, 1921. Introduced and forever associated with Al Jolson. One of many "cheer-up" songs from the old days utilizing the "bluebird of happiness" as a reason to be hopeful. In an eternally tough world, such hope and faith expressed on the wings of song are most welcome.
American Negro spiritual, author unknown, expressing the universal longing for freedom and salvation.