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The ubiquitous song Crane is set from a 19th century poem by Hovaness Tumanian by the great composer/priest/ethnographer/patriarch of Armenian music Komitas Vadarpet, sung here by Zabelle Panosian (b. May 1893; d. Jan 1986) in New York City in 1916. Panosian was then 23 years old, the mother of a 6 year old daughter and lived on 143rd St. She recorded only 11 more sides in the span of 11 months. At least 2 two takes of this record are known to exist positively and a third may circulate.

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