Smetana Waltzes for Solo Piano. I believe that was the only one with that imprint I ran across. The classical selection was a bit thin, or else I already had most of it.
The Tausig is above my pay grade, but I recently finished a book that mentioned Tausig and that particular work, and ... there it was, like I was meant to find it.
Many of the old sheet music folios are not easy at all and make for good sight reading. Were pianists at that time generally more technically skilled than they are today, as I imagine these were intended mostly for home playing?
I have a big pile of sheet music that I collected from sales bins over the years, starting from my early teens. They were all I could afford to buy for my own personal playing pleasure when I was a student - whenever I saved enough pocket money, I'd make a trip to visit the local music store to browse through the sales box. (The music my teacher got for me to learn was put on my parents' account bill at the end of each term).
I never threw away any of what I acquired. These days, every now and then, I'd peruse through the stack of yellowing sheet music which I bought several decades ago, mostly printed on cheap paper and clearly designed for amateur pianists to play at home, in the middle of the last century. The range was actually quite astonishing - there was everything from simple 'sentimental salon tosh' like Badarzewska's A Maiden's Prayer
and light music like KetÃ¨lbey's In a Persian Market
, which near-beginners could manage, to virtuosic stuff like Chopin's Heroic Polonaise, Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 and Tausig's arrangement of Schubert's Military March No.1, as well as favorites (in those days) like AlbÃ©niz's Tango, Chopin's Nocturne Op.9/2, Mendelssohn's Spring Song, Rachmaninov's Prelude in C# minor, Grieg's Wedding Day at Troldhaugen, Liszt's Liebestraum No.3, Elgar's Salut d'Amour, Chaminade's Automne, Paderewski's Nocturne in B flat, Sinding's Rustle of Spring, Rubinstein's Melody in F, Weber's Invitation to the Dance, Joplin's The Entertainer etc. There was a smattering of easy arrangements of songs and waltzes like La Paloma, Silent Worship (Handel), Ave Maria (Schubert), Over the Waves, The Blue Danube, Roses from the South, Nimrod etc which I just used for sight-reading. (This is in the UK, so we didn't have stuff from The Great American Songbook and the like.)
When I play through them today, it's like a journey back in time, when talented amateurs (probably with at least Grade 6 ABRSM to their name) could tickle the ivories on the family's home upright for their own pleasure, perhaps sight-reading many of them. Many of those pieces seem to have gone out of fashion these days, but some of the older people in my audiences at my monthly recitals recognize the tune (and what they have in common are nice tunes
) when I program one occasionally as light relief from heavier fare. One woman even gave me some of her own sheet music (even older than mine) which she inherited from her mother - she said they were too difficult for her, and these days only play simple hymn tune arrangements.