Sound and vision blog

31 December 2009

Happy New Year! Hear 'Auld Lang Syne' sung 111 years ago

Is this recording of "Auld Lang Syne", made in 1898, the first ever made of this song?  Here it is being sung during the Cambridge Anthropological Expedition to the Torres Strait, between Australia and New Guinea.  The song, recorded on an Edison phonograph, can be heard in the second half of the recording:

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You can hear 240 other rare Torres Strait cylinder recordings from the World and Traditional Music collections of the British Library Sound Archive. Read more about this unique collection.

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