“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
New York City in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

1025 Park Avenue

1025 Park Avenue Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 4, 2016
1. 1025 Park Avenue Marker
Inscription. This elegant house was completed in 1912 by John Russell Pope in the style of an early 17th Century Jacobean Manor for the well-known composer of light opera and popular music, Reginald DeKoven, and his wife, Anna. DeKoven composed the light opera Robin Hood in 1890, which contained the song "O Promise Me". He also helped build the Lyric Theater on West 42nd Street.

New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation

Erected 1989 by New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation.
Location. 40° 46.78′ N, 73° 57.437′ W. Marker is in New York City, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Park Avenue north of East 85th Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1025 Park Avenue, New York NY 10028, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Park Avenue Christian Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Ada Louise Huxtable (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Metropolitan Museum of Art (approx. 0.3 miles away); Upper East Side Historic District (approx. 0.4 miles away); Cleopatra’s Needle
1025 Park Avenue Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 4, 2016
2. 1025 Park Avenue Marker - Wide View
The marker is visible here mounted to the building, just to the left of the entryway.
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Al Hirschfeld (approx. half a mile away); Birthplace of Lou Gehrig (approx. 0.6 miles away); Belvedere Tower (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in New York City.
Also see . . .
1. Reginald DeKoven Biography ( ...Important though he was as a composer of music for the American theatre, DeKoven’s work was subsequently overshadowed by his successors who wrote in a new style. Few of his operas and operettas have been revived and his reputation rests on the considerable success he enjoyed in his lifetime. Curiously, and almost without parallel before or since, a song written by DeKoven with Clement Scott for Robin Hood, found favour in the sacred world. This song, ‘Oh, Promise Me’, has continued to be performed throughout America and the UK, often in churches with perhaps most of its performers and admirers unaware of its secular origins. Oddly, and a mite awkwardly and unsuitably, DeKoven’s name also lives on in the lyric of a Hoagy Carmichael song, ‘The Old Music Master’, wherein it is rhymed with Beethoven. In addition to his operettas, DeKoven also composed piano sonatas and other classical
Reginald DeKoven image. Click for full size.
By Clinedinst, 1904
3. Reginald DeKoven
Photograph courtesy of the Library of Congress.
works, and was founder and first conductor of the Washington DC Symphony Orchestra.
(Submitted on October 12, 2016.) 

2. Jan Peerce Sings Reginald de Koven's "Oh Promise Me." (, 3 mins.). (Submitted on October 12, 2016.)
3. A Look Inside 1025 Park Avenue (Wall Street Journal, May 14, 2015, 9 pictures). (Submitted on October 12, 2016.)
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainment
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 59 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page was last revised on October 12, 2016.
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