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Popular Songs of Nineteenth Century America Paperback – March, 1976


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (March 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486232700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486232706
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.6 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,165,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 2, 2002
Format: Paperback
A collection of sheet music for popular songs of the 1800s, this book is interesting for more than just playing the songs. The covers of these beautiful songsheets are all reproduced, occasionally including such information as the cover to "Johnny Get Your Gun," which states "Ethiopian Song and Chorus, Originated and Sung by America's Popular Comedians, Sheffer and Blakely, and Written For Them by F. Belasco."
The table of contents (and the songs themselves) are organized alphabetically by title, and includes who wrote the words, the music, who the publisher was, and the date and location of publication. I was interested to see how many hits Oliver Ditson & Co of Boston had -- the equivalent of our record "singles" today. They were the first publishers of "Jingle Bells," "Battle Hymn of the Republic," "Tenting On the Old Campground," "Sweet By and By," "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny," and "Oh, My Darling Clementine," all of which are included here.
There is a five-page introduction, with general information about music and music publishing of the 1800s, and at the back of the book, notes on each song. There is also a bibliography of sources Mr. Jackson used to write the introduction and notes. (Richard Jackson was the Head of the Americana Collection for the Music Division of the New York Public Library when this collection was published in 1976.)
Otherwise, this book is page after page of piano-vocal music. The arrangements would not be very difficult for an advanced piano student, and most people who've had some training could learn to play at least some of the songs. A particular favorite is "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" which has a lively introduction I've not seen before, and directions on when the words are to be sung by a soloist or the chorus.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William G. Edwards on January 3, 2003
Format: Paperback
The best of the best of songs that the 60+ generation remembers hearing as old songs in their childhood, and that younger generations have been exposed to through movies, cartoons, documentaries and the like. There are many more sappy tunes than of other varieties, but life was hard in the 19th century in the United States. Still, there are some outstanding highlights. These include civil war songs like When Johnny Comes Marching Home and Battle Cry of Freedom, the witty Arkansaw Traveler (that's how they spell it) and the smarmy Man On the Flying Trapeze, plus favorites of later generations like Turkey in the Straw (in its original mildly-offensive ethnic format), Grandfathers Clock, and one that all Three Stooges fans will know, Listen to the Mockingbird. You would be hard pressed to find a similar collection elsewhere that includes the original verses AND unaltered lyrics, and financially pressed to duplicate it on your own. Besides, this is a new book that won't flake off onto your keys like old sheet music. Get the book. Then you can write me later to thank me for the endorsement!!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jaspianist on February 23, 2014
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This is a great resource for those interested in vintage American music. My first copy was destroyed, so I was very glad to be able to get this second copy.
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