About These Recordings

Music in the Air, features live broadcasts of Norman Black and the Norman Black WFIL String Ensemble.  Track I, (Courtesy of J. David Goldin of the radioGOLDINdex database), is a January 23, 1948, live broadcast.  Broadcast on Friday afternoons, Music in the Air, was a music education program that featured narrated stories about various composers and their works. In 1949, Music in the Air, was part of an music educational experiment utilizing radio broadcasts played into the classrooms of the Philadelphia School system. WFIL  Track II, (Courtesy of  Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia Archives), is a 1948 recording of the introduction of the last of three broadcasts of a show called, The Voice of Tomorrow.  The show was a regional competition to find the next great voices of tomorrow and boasted more than 850 contestants.

Norman Black, Conducts, Volumes I-IV are from a collection of studio recordings of Norman Black and the Arco-Arte Sinfonietta. The orchestra was founded by Norman Black in 1954 and was comprised of twenty of his colleagues from the Philadelphia Orchestra. The recordings were on various pressed studio records, some of which play at 78 and spin from the center. One of the records is labeled: Electrical Transcription by Robinson Recording Laboratories in the Studios of “WIP” in Philadelphia. A.F.M. License 76. These records were discovered in 1996.


  • Norman Black Volume 1 Cover


  • Norman Black Volume 2 Cover


  • Norman Black Volume 3 Cover


  • Norman Black Volume 4 Cover