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Which shall it be?
Additional title: Now which one, mother, which one shall it be? [first line of chorus]
Additional title: The husband and wife now are parting, though once they had not loved in vain. [first line]
Harris, Chas. K. (Charles Kassell) (1864-1930) (Composer)
Harris, Chas. K. (Charles Kassell) (1864-1930) (Lyricist)
Clauder, Jos. (Joseph), 1853-1913 (Arranger)

American popular songs

Sheet music, 1896

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1896
Place: Milwaukee, Wis.
Publisher: Chas. K. Harris
Library locations
Music Division
Separation (Psychology)
Pianos -- 1890-1899
Parent and child
Husband and wife
Content: Photograph of Chas. K. Harris as part of caption title.
Content: Dealer's stamp on cover at bottom center-right: Texas Music Supply House, Beaumont, Texas.
Content: Cover illustration by Quin & Co. of England shows a living room scene with a piano; a mother is seated at a table looking at the left; the father is standing at the rear of the room looking at the mother; in between them stands a little girl with her hands outstretched.
Content: Summary: A husband and wife agree to part, but their daughter is unable to decide with whom to go; seeing the child's inability to decide, the husband and wife agree to stay together.
Statement of responsibility: words and music by Charles Harris.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 score (6 p.) ; 36 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): bdca4b60-c591-012f-633a-58d385a7bc34
Rights Statement
The New York Public Library believes that this item is in the public domain under the laws of the United States, but did not make a determination as to its copyright status under the copyright laws of other countries. This item may not be in the public domain under the laws of other countries. Though not required, if you want to credit us as the source, please use the following statement, "From The New York Public Library," and provide a link back to the item on our Digital Collections site. Doing so helps us track how our collection is used and helps justify freely releasing even more content in the future.

Item timeline of events

  • 1864: Creator Born
  • 1896: Issued
  • 1930: Creator Died
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

MLA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Which shall it be?" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1896. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/510d47de-1712-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Chicago/Turabian Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Which shall it be?" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 9, 2020. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/510d47de-1712-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

APA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. (1896). Which shall it be? Retrieved from http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/510d47de-1712-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Wikipedia Citation

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Which shall it be?