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#2680873 10/09/17 05:18 PM
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Somebody clued me in that there would be a ton of sheet music at the neighborhood book sale this year. This is the pile after three days (everything gets cheaper as the sale goes on). All kinds of stuff - classical, methods, old sheet music, etc. Last year they didn't have any sheet music at all. The dealers that usually rampage through the book boxes have no interest in sheet music. And the other people digging through were complaining that there was "too much piano music." Ha-ha-ha.

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Wow, good haul! It's so cool to come upon and treasure lode like that.

I always keep my eyes open when I see books on sale shelves, especially at the local library. Occasionally there's a good find, but mostly--disappointment.


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David Farley #2680884 10/09/17 05:51 PM
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What’s the one with the blue cover under Tausig? A Masters Music Publications score (their stuff is usually unusual and interesting)?


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Originally Posted by WhoDwaldi
What’s the one with the blue cover under Tausig? A Masters Music Publications score (their stuff is usually unusual and interesting)?


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 (that Hoagy Carmichael pile) 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 remember reading somewhere that Liberace published his own transcriptions until he realized nobody could play them, so he bagged that and started putting his name on big note easy songbooks.

There was a book of Sammy Cahn songs, signed by Sammy Cahn. I also learned today that nobody at the Monday staff meeting had ever heard of "Three Coins in the Fountain." But they did know "High Hopes."


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OMG David, this is hilarious!
This past Saturday I went to a tag sale in a nice part of the town where I live and bought a whole box of piano sheet music for 20 USD!

I must have gotten nearly 100 pieces of sheet music and several books with a wide range of styles: pop, standards, classical, christmas music, college music and a method book.
I figure everything I got cost me 20 cents each.

I've just been taking piano lessons for a year and really can't play much, but my finds are "aspirational".
The really neat part of the story is that the woman who lived in the house had music from her mom from the early 20th century and then her music from the 1940s and her college days plus 1970s pop.
I can see the timeline of this woman's life and I think that is really special.

One of the funniest finds is the Fourth Edition of the Smith College Song Book containing the song B.W.O.C.
One of the lines is as follows:

"I'd give anything to be a B.W.O.C.
I'd give you my flannel undies
And my extra sleep on Sundays"

Somehow, I don't think they sing this song anymore!

But thanks for your tip, my local library has a big book sale coming up and so I will hunt out the sheet music.
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Originally Posted by David Farley

Many of the old sheet music folios (that Hoagy Carmichael pile) 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 remember reading somewhere that Liberace published his own transcriptions until he realized nobody could play them, so he bagged that and started putting his name on big note easy songbooks.

There was a book of Sammy Cahn songs, signed by Sammy Cahn. I also learned today that nobody at the Monday staff meeting had ever heard of "Three Coins in the Fountain." But they did know "High Hopes."



I think snooty people used to privately relish playing Lee’s “Beer Barrel Polk.” 😀

Hardback scores are interesting. There were some conventional, educational book publishers that used to do piano/vocal collections for accomplished mothers and fathers to play for children at home—those arrangements can be deceptively sophisticated.

Really, nobody knew “Three Coins”?

Lots of sheet music seems to find its way to this seller http://shop.vendio.com/seanmusic/home.html


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Originally Posted by David Farley

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 Ketèlbey'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 Albéniz'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 thumb) 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.


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Many of the old sheet music folios (that Hoagy Carmichael pile) 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 remember reading somewhere that Liberace published his own transcriptions until he realized nobody could play them, so he bagged that and started putting his name on big note easy songbooks.

There was a book of Sammy Cahn songs, signed by Sammy Cahn. I also learned today that nobody at the Monday staff meeting had ever heard of "Three Coins in the Fountain." But they did know "High Hopes."



I think snooty people used to privately relish playing Lee’s “Beer Barrel Polk.” 😀

Hardback scores are interesting. There were some conventional, educational book publishers that used to do piano/vocal collections for accomplished mothers and fathers to play for children at home—those arrangements can be deceptively sophisticated.

Really, nobody knew “Three Coins”?

Lots of sheet music seems to find its way to this seller http://shop.vendio.com/seanmusic/home.html


I thought they'd at least remember this scene from this movie.



And speaking of Lee:



I have a copy of his version filed away somewhere for someday.

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For public domain popular music prior to 1923, google "Lester S. Levy Collection" -- Johns Hopkins hosts a massive collection of PDF's that you can download and print out.


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