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Bon Jour Monsieur
Additional title: American beauty. Bon jour monsieur. [uniform title]
Additional title: At ze great French ball, mamselle la foldol, une jolie, petite demoiselle. [first line]
Additional title: Bon jour sait she monsieur! Tra la la lala la la la! [first line of chorus]
Kerker, Gustave, 1857-1923 (Composer)
Morton, Hugh, 1865-1916 (Lyricist)
Russell, Lillian, 1861-1922 (Singer)

American popular songs

Sheet music, 1896

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1896
Place: New York
Publisher: T.B. Harms & Co.
Library locations
Music Division
Women -- France -- 1800-1899
Humorous songs
Content: On cover: An American beauty, as produced by Lillian Russell Opera Company at the N. Y. Casino under the direction of Canary and Lederer. Cover includes portrait photograph of Lillian Russell.
Content: Summary: Told in a French accent, the narrator tells of a young French woman who enjoys dancing and partying and flirts with a man; she is then arrested an summoned to court but gets out free presumably because the judge was the person with which she flirted the previous night.
Statement of responsibility: words by Hugh Morton ; music by Gustave Kerker.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 score (6 p.) ; 35 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): e90eb7f0-c590-012f-8026-58d385a7bc34
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

  • 1857: Creator Born
  • 1896: Issued
  • 1923: Creator Died
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

MLA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Bon Jour Monsieur" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1896.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Bon Jour Monsieur" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 22, 2020.

APA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. (1896). Bon Jour Monsieur Retrieved from

Wikipedia Citation

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Bon Jour Monsieur