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Tony Schwartz - New York 19 album

Tony Schwartz - New York 19 album

  • Performer: Tony Schwartz
  • Genre: Audio Files
  • Title: New York 19
  • Released: 1954
  • Style: Field Recording
  • Label: Folkways Records
  • Catalog: FP 58
  • Country: US
  • MP3 version size: 1361 mb
  • FLAC version size: 1619 mb
  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 444


1Street Musicians
Performer – Moondog
3National Groups, Visitors, Students, Concert Hall5:44
5Music In Speech4:30
6Exchange By Mail4:28
7Sounds Of The City1:45
10Why Collect Recordings?1:40


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
FP 58Tony Schwartz New York 19 ‎(LP, Album, Mono)Folkways RecordsFP 58US1954
FP 58, FD 5558Tony Schwartz New York 19 ‎(LP, Album)Folkways Records, Folkways RecordsFP 58, FD 5558US1955
FD 5558Tony Schwartz New York 19 ‎(LP, Album)Folkways RecordsFD 5558US1955


  • Concept By, Recorded By, Edited By, NarratorTony Schwartz


Purple Label as opposed to the blue label Plastylite pressing

Comes with a 12 pages stapled insert with the Folkways Record catalogue at the back, aBusiness Reply Card and the cellophane inner sleeve.

"New York 19" grew out of my hobby of tape recording. I work professionally as a free lance commercial artist. Since 1947 when I first purchased a magnetic recorder, I have been exchanging recordings with people all over the world. In asking people to exchange with me I said I was interested in music and folklore of their communities and that I would send them material of mine. In 1952 I decided to channelize my recording activities to a thorough study of the folklore of the community in which I live. The material on this record was made from several thousand recordings made in this study.

My definition of folklore is broader than the traditional one. The dictionary defines folklore as "traditional customs, beliefs, tales, or sayings preserved unreflectively among a people." In addition to this type of material I include the non-commercial musical expression of people now living and working in New York 19. Folklore starts somewhere and sometime and I wanted to show material of this type starting today.

New York 19 is located in the middle of Manhattan Island. It is bounded on the North by 60th Street, on the South by the Times Square area, on the West by the Hudson River and on the East by Fifth Avenue with the exception of Radio City. During my work on this project the southern boundary of New York 19 was raised a few blocks. All the material on this record was recorded in this area with the exception of an item or two which may have been recorded a few blocks away but which was related to life in the area. It is of interest to note that New York 19 is the commercial music center of the country. The largest record companies. music publishers, theatres, concert halls, symphony orchestras and churches are in or adjoining this area.

(Introduction to 12 page booklet of detailed notes on the recordings, included with this LP.)