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Songs, Duetts, Glees, Chorusses, Dances, & Marches in Various Dramas [manuscript]
Philadelphia, 1860. Very Good. [32] p.: music; 6 x 26 cm. Stiffened marbled paper boards with black cloth spine. Handwritten paper label on front board. Compiler's name is written inside and outside front board, with Philadelphia address. Printed staff paper throughout. First 3 pages contain musical rudiments--time signatures, key signatures, and rhythmic patterns. The remainder contains melodic lines written out in treble or base clef, identified by a few words and the name of the larger work. Contents: songs from Pizarro [by Michael Kelly] -- Rob Roy [by Isaac Pocock] -- Careless' Song from School for Scandal -- Eva's song from Uncle Tom's Cabin [George C. Howard] -- a duet from Mrs. White -- the fairy chorus from Merry Wives of Windsor -- Roland for an Oliver [Thomas Morton] -- "I have a Silent Sorrow Here" from Sheridan's The Stranger -- Sweethearts & Wives [James Kenny] -- a dance in Speed the Plough [Thomas Morton] -- Bombastes Furioso [William Barnes Rhodes] -- Sampson's song in The Inchcape Bell [Edward Fitzball] -- Jenny Lind -- Killing no Murder [Theodore Hook] -- The Loan of a Lover [J.R. Planche] -- Robin's song in The Waterman -- "O Happy Tawny Moor" from The Mountaineers [George Colman] -- The Illustrious Stranger [Isaac Nathan] -- Sir Felix' song in The Agreeable Surprise [John O'Keefe; Samuel Arnold] -- Miss Bertrams' song in Guy Mannering -- William's song in Black-eyed Susan [Douglas Jerrold] -- "What Night so Long" from How to Pay the Rent [Tyrone Power] -- a march in Blue Beard -- songs in Hamlet -- Beauty & the Beast. Four blank pages follow and then one last page with unidentified music. The compiler of this manuscript book of mid-19th-century popular stage music was James A. A'Becket (1847-1904), son of Thomas A'Becket, Sr. (1808-1890), and brother of Thomas A'Becket, Jr. (1843-1918). His father, Thomas Sr., was an actor and musician who was active in Philadelphia in the 1840s and 1850s and throughout the United States in later years. His brother, Thomas Jr., was a musician who was a pianist and composer of music for piano. James A'Becket probably compiled this collection of theatrical tunes about 1860, when he was a teenager and his father was active as a performer in and manager of various Philadelphia theaters. In 1864 James served as a musician with the 196th Regiment of Pa. Volunteers, Company F. In 1868 he married Laura V. Middleton; he worked for most of his adult life as a grainer (someone who painted faux wood or marble grain). A rare and perhaps unique snapshot of popular theatrical music from the American stage of the mid-19th century. In Very Good Condition: cloth over spine is split; boards are slightly soiled; first 2 and last 2 leaves appear to have been glued along the edges to the boards, from which they have separated, leaving part of the first leaf and last attached to the adjacent board; faint dampstain along lower edges of a few leaves; otherwise clean and tight. &
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