Tom Lehrer - The Elements - LIVE FILM From Copenhagen in 1967





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Published on Apr 3, 2012

The recording is from Copenhagen, Denmark, in September 1967.

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Claim: This video contains THE BEST performance of The Elements that you are likely to see. Info: After a Tom Lehrer 1967 performance from Norway has been available on YouTube since 2007, another Scandinavian performance is now posted (2012). This time it is from the YouTuber "DrRaptus" from Denmark. Tom Lehrer´s The Elements is a sort of comic "list song" that some comedians used to do. One of them was Danny Kaye.

Background: The melody to The Elements is I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major-General (The Major-Generals Song) from the opera buffa The Pirates of Penzance. It was composed by Sir Arthur Sullivan, and it was first premiered in New York on December 31st 1879. The original libretto for the opera was written by Sir William Schwenck Gilbert.

Recording date: September 5th 1967
Location: Falkonercenteret, Copenhagen, Denmark
Format: Most probably Ampex Quadruplex PAL 4:3
Status: A rare recording indeed
Storage: Most probably Sony Digital Betacam and in a digital format
Production and preservation: Danmarks Radio (DR) in Denmark
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