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Virginia B. Pickett's Bound-Volume of Printed and Manuscript Sheet Music, circa 1850s -- 1860s
(Richmond, Virginia) 1850 - Folio. Quarter bound in contemporary blind-tooled morocco and marbled paper over boards, with Virginia Pickett's name stamped in gold on a red leather label on the front board, edges mottled red. Spine professionally re-backed with part of the original leather spine laid-down, overall surface abrasions, scattered foxing and staining, with intermittent tears to some scores, very good.A custom-bound volume of 18 early/mid-19th century piano-vocal sheet music scores and one manuscript score belonging to Virginia Beverley Pickett, sister of Confederate General George Pickett. With Virginia Picket's ownership signature in pencil on the front paste-down, and written in ink elsewhere throughout the volume on a few scores: "Jenny Pickett, Richmond, Va." Bound in at the back are two manuscript leaves of music with lyrics of a song by Thomas Moore: "Tell Me Not of Joys Alone", likely written in Pickett's hand. Also included are lyrics from Stephen Foster's song: Old Folks at Home written in manuscript (with interesting variations) on the back of a score, and manuscript lyrics of three other Irish songs by Thomas Moore.The printed scores and manuscript date from the early 1850s-1860s. An interesting association: Gen. George Pickett may well have enjoyed listening to his sister sing and play from this volume at the piano. Both are buried together in Hollywood cemetery, Richmond. A detailed list of the scores in the order in which they are bound follows, together with the manuscript lyrics:Manuscript Lyrics. Robin Adair song lyrics written in manuscript on a sheet pinned in at the front. (A traditional Irish song by Lady Caroline Keppel, referenced by Jane Austen in her 1815 novel Emma when Jane Fairfax plays it on the piano).1. Giuseppe Verdi. Il Tramonto. Illustrated lithographic cover. Milano: Francesco Lucca (plate no. 5640): pp. [2 (lithographic cover)] 1-5 [6 (blank)].2. Gioachino Rossini. At Length a Brilliant Ray. Cavatina from Semiramide. Philadelphia: A. Fiot. pp. [1-2 (cover)] 3-9 [10 (blank)].3. (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart). "E Susanna non vien!" Recitative and Aria (No. 19) from Le Nozze di Figaro. (Paris: chez Brandus et Cie. pp. [155 (front cover recto)] 156-160 (music) [161-162 (back cover).4. Giovanni Pacini. "Flutto che muggi . Teco dall'are pronube" Aria Finale (No. 4) from Saffo. Paris: Edmond Mayaud / chez Bernard Latte (plate no. B.L. 2564). pp. [2 (cover)] 1-10 [2 (back cover)]. A variant/custom version of lyrics from the song: Old Folks at Home are written in manuscript (in pencil) on the last page:Way down upon the Swanee ribber,Far, far away!There's where my heart is turning ebber,There's where the old folks stay!All round about the whole creation,Sadly I roam!Still longing for the old plantation,And for the Old folks at home!All the world am sad and dreary,Every where I roam!Oh! Darkies how my heart grows weary,Far from the Old folks at home!One little hut among the bushes,So dear to me!Note: Old Folks at Home (also known as "Swanee Ribber") is a minstrel song written by Stephen Foster in 1851. Since 1935 it has been the official state song of Florida, although in 2008 the original lyrics were expurgated.5. Vincenzo Bellini. "Qui La Voce" from I Puritani. Boston: Oliver Ditson 115 Washington St. (plate no. 2294). pp. [1 (front cover)] 2-9 [10 (blank)]. Signed in ink on the front cover: "Jenny Pickett, Richmond, Va."6. Carl Maria von Weber. "Come una volta il sonno soleami" Scena ed Aria nell opera Il Franco Arciero (Der Freyschutz). Paris: Maurice Schlesinger (plate no. M.S. 339). pp. [2 (cover)] 61-69 [70 (blank)].7. Just. Geraldy. La Festa (Canzonette). Wien: Pietro Mechetti (plate no. 4210). pp. [1-2 (front cover)] 3-7 [8 (blank)]. Three stanzas of: I Saw From the Beach (Thomas Moore/Irish Melody) neatly copied in manuscript on a blue sheet laid-down on the last blank page. I Saw From The BeachI saw from the beach, when the morning was shining, A bark o'er the waters move gloriously on; I came when the sun o'er t [Attributes: Signed Copy]
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