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“There's Frost on the Moon”

“There's Frost on the Moon”

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Description (Brief)
This sheet music is for the song “There's Frost on the Moon” that was written and composed by Joe Young and Fred E. Ahlert. Irving Berlin Inc. of New York City published the sheet music in 1936. The purple cover features a frosted crescent moon hanging in a starry sky over a winter landscape. There is an inset photograph of clarinetist Artie Shaw, who successfully introduced the song.
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Object Name
sheet music
Object Type
Sheet Music
sheet music
date made
Shaw, Artie
Irving Berlin, Inc.
place made
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 12 in x 9 in; 30.48 cm x 22.86 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Music & Musical Instruments
Popular Entertainment
Sheet Music
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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