A scored thematic catalogue of works composed for the Chapelle impériale by two imperial favourites, including masses by Paisiello for the marriage of Napoleon to Marie-Louise of Austria (2 April, 1810) and the baptism of Napoleon François Charles Joseph Bonaparte, King of Rome, (later Napoleon II, June 1811).more...
The manuscript provides the principle themes of 44 works in several bars, noting the forces (solos, choir, organ, flute, clarinet, organ etc) and often the name of the principle soloists among whose names we find Manent, Pelet, LeLong, Branchu, Says, Roland and Nourrit, leading singers of the imperial era. There are 20 named works by Paisiello and 24 by his successor LeSuer.
Naples-born Giovanni Paisiello was a firm Napoleonic favourite: he had been Catherine the Great’s composer in chief and had written for Joseph II at Vienna before his summons to Paris in 1802. In 1804 he composed the coronation mass and thereafter contributed regular works for the Chapelle, even after he had returned to Naples. Barely remembered today, his output was immense and he achieved fame all over Europe. Napoleon’s admiration is even recorded in a novella: in ‘... Clisson et Eugénie (1795) Napoleon has the main character compare his beloved to the music of Paisiello, « Eugénie was like a piece by Paisiello ; only those with souls attuned to his music are transported by it. The common people remain untouched »’ Peters, ‘Music at the Coronation of Napoleon’ (Fondation napoléon, Napoloeon.org).
Le Sueur was Paisiello’s successor and also achieved immense popularity at court and in Paris. He became an important to the next generation of French composers, counting Berlioz among pupils.
The manuscript is signed by the imperial music librarian/music seller: Jean-Baptiste-François-Augustin Lefebvre, ‘bibliothécaire et copiste, rue. Helvetius, n° 58’. An early owner has added several short comments on the quality of the music in some extracts: they are only partly favorable..see full details
An attractive manuscript illustrative of provincial musical knowledge and fashions at the beginning of the nineteenth century.more...
Compiled by Lillias and Sophia Stuart, presumably sisters, the album contains setting for keyboard and voices, the latter rather charmingly often for two singers. The owners have copied here a variety of material, from church music to opera extracts, including works by Byrd, William Jackson (‘Jackson of Exeter’), Pergolesi, Cimarosa, Rauzzini, Dussek, Crescentini, Guglielmi, Andreozzi, Naderman, Mellish, Asioli, Blangini, Winter and Haydn (‘She never told her love’).
Birchall, named on blank etched title-page was a publisher and music and musical instrument seller, who traded from 133 New Bond Street from 1789 to 1819. Presumably one could also buy books such as this, ruled with staves and with a decorative blank title, for one’s own use..see full details
An intriguing and otherwise apparently unrecorded collection of 12 songs and ballads sold (and perhaps sung) by a vendor purportedly disabled in railroad accident.more...
The majority are Irish songs (’Remember Boy you’re Irish’, ‘The Dear Little Shamrock’, ‘The Irish Jubilee’ etc) but two American ballads, ‘The Milwaukee Fire’ and ‘Johnstown Flood’ serve suggest a date. A final paragraph is a hunmorous recipe: ‘Cure for Love’..see full details
Folio (335 × 210 mm), pp. , plus several blank leaves at end. Text in manuscript, full-page illustrations in crayon or pastel. Lightly browned throughout, fragile at edges with minor fraying, all the result of poor quality paper. In original cloth backed notebook. Binding rather worn. A handsome chanson manuscript, anonymous but for the decorative initials 'J.B'. The songs include: 'Le Pigeon blessé', 'Sous les Platanes', 'Carmen', 'Chagrins d'Amour', 'Juanita', 'La Femme est un jouette' and 'Mort pour la France'.
II. Émile LEBLOND. Dijon, c. 1904.
Manuscript, 4to (214 × 170 mm), pp. 1-12, 17-98, 101-102, 105-270, 280-320, several blanks at rear. Evidence of 3 leaves removed, perhaps by the maker. Numerous drawings in ink and crayon, decorative headings. Original cloth notebook. Rather rubbed. An illustrated chansonnier made by a soldier of the First Artillery, stationed at Dijon. This is an especially full example which gives some unusual details as to its making: Leblond occasionally records the number of weeks he has been in service and there is evidence of carbon tracing, demonstrating the use of illustrations from popular journals in making these chansonniers. The songs include: 'Berceuse militaire', 'L'Africaine', 'Chapeai bas devant la Marseillais', 'Vous êtes si jolie', 'Four frou' and 'Ma Ninette'.
III. Yvan LOREAU. Chemillé-sur-Seine, c. 1909.
Manuscript, small 4to (216 × 175 mm), pp. , 88, ruled paper. Drawings in ink and crayon. Original limp wrappers. Yvan Loreau writes on his title-page that this manuscript was made 'Sur le tour de France' and begun on 11th December 1909. Songs include: 'Voila la Parisienne', 'Le petit coeur de Ninon', 'Ah! Ma p'tit Lili', 'Le ruban bleu de l'hirondelle' and 'Pas sur la bouche'.
IV. Alexandre MOULLET, 'le gros bâtarde'. Valence, 1913-14.
Manuscript (on squared paper), 4to (222 × 170 mm), pp. . Drawings in ink and crayon, partially unfinished. Some thumbing and fraying, one leaf loose. Original half cloth notebook. An illustrated chansonnier made on the eve of the Great War for one Alexandre Moullet, picturesquely nicknamed 'le gros bâtarde', of the 5eme Régiment d'Artillerie lourde, 8ème batterie, at Valence (Drôme). Songs include: 'Les petites Toulonnaises'; 'Soldat vierge', 'Marins de Marseille', 'Coeur Crise', 'Sur la Riviera' and 'Le dernier Tango'.
V. REDON. Valbonne (Ain), 1921.
Manuscript on paper, small 4to (216 × 170 mm), pp. , plus numerous blanks at rear, numerous drawings in pencil, ink and crayon (a couple cut from newspapers or journals, decorative headings. Original half cloth notebook. Songs include: 'Tu voudrais me voir pleurer', 'La vals du pastis', 'Vous rendez tous les hommes fou' and 'Le train fatale'. One verse is subscribed 'Fait a la Valbonne le 12-12-21 une soiré de grand froid'. .see full details
NORDENDORF, C.C. de. Attack Step Quickstep. Danville (Va.): Mrs E. L. Nordendorf, . Not found in OCLC.
2. SCHILLING, Fred[erick]. Brothers hasten on to Battle. Brooklyn: D.S. Holmes, . OCLC: Lincoln Presidential Library only.
3. DOANE, Howard. Bury me in the Valley. Cincinnati: John Church, [n.d.]. OCLC: Ohio State University only [possibly another edition].
4. MCNAUGHTON, J.H. The faded Coat of Blue or the nameless Grave. Ballad. Buffalo, Penn & Remington, . Stain to lower margins. OCLC: UC Santa Barbara and Library Company of Philadelphia.
5. CLARK, James C. Fremont’s Battle Hymn. Quartett. Rochester: Joseph P. Shaw, . Not found in OCLC.
6. PARKHURST, Mrs. E. A. Funeral March, to the Memory of Abraham Lincoln, the Martyr President of the United States of America. New York: Horace Waters, 1865. Advert on final page cropped (with some loss) at foot. Issue without vignette portrait.
7. MACK, E. General McClellan’s Grand March. Philadelphia, Lee & Walker . Issue without coloured lithograph plate. OCLC: Michigan, Duke, Pennsylvania and Brown Universities.
8. WINNER, Septimus. Give us back our old Commander. Philadelphia, Winner & Co, . OCLC: LC and Morgan.
9. EASTBURN, The hearty Welcome Home. Philadelphia: Smith, 1865. OCLC: no copies of Smith imprint but 2 of Auner: AAS and NYHS and one of Johnson imprint: NYHS.
10. BECKEL, J. C. Monody on the death of Abraham Lincoln. Sixteenth President of the United States. Born Feb. 12th, 1808, died by the hand of an assassin April 15th, 1865. Philadelphia: Marsh, 1865. OCLC: this issue Lincoln Museum only plus one copy of a Cincinnati imprint of same year at Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.
11. WHEELOCK, O. Richmond Falls, the War is O’er: Philadelphia: March, 1865. No hard copy found in OCLC.
12. CASONELLA. A Song of Peace. New York, W. A. Pond, 1865. OCLC: UPenn, Ocean State, Brigham Young, AAS. .see full details
A set of four partbooks for male voices: 2 tenors and 2 basses, containing a repertoire of over 220 songs with words in Swedish.more...
They include works by well-known composers such as Spohr, Mendelssohn, Weber, Schubert, Kreutzer and Beethoven but at least half are by lesser-known Swedish composers: Lindblad (1801-1878), Geijer (1783-1847), Nordblom (1788-1848) and Tullberg (1802-1853) whose songs are both Romantic and patriotic..see full details
A delightful miniature almanac, which is preceded by several popular songs (‘Aux Dames’, ‘le Portraits’, ‘le Banquet’,‘la Barque à Caron’ etc.) Though without imprint, this is characteristic of the popular miniatures produced by Marcilly..see full details
The entertainments of the evening included Thomas Morton’s The Slave (1816) with the main character, Gambia, played by Mr Cooper, followed by music (including the first British appearance of celebrated Belgian violinist Charles Auguste de Bériot), a one act comic farce The Sultan and a ‘Serio-comic Operatic Bombastic Piece’ entitled Amoroso.more...