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I've just been having a blast with some nursery rhymes from 1879 and thought I'd pass these on as a recommendation for any of you folks who might want to play these as well.

Echoes from the Nursery:
1. Humpty Dumpty Waltz
2. Pussy Cat Where Have You Been Waltz
3. Pussy's in the Well Quickstep
4. Ride a Cock Horse Rondo
5. Rock a Bye Baby Rondo

They are all nifty little dance numbers, easy and fun to play, and can all be downloaded from here:

https://levysheetmusic.mse.jhu.edu/people/thos-p-westendorf


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Hi FrankCo,

Thank you for the site. For those of us who love the music of our brother musicians who've "broken their last string," and need sight-reading material - your finds are akin to grails and the like. May your Holidays be concert pitch, bright and cronkled.

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I've just been having a blast with some nursery rhymes from 1879 and thought I'd pass these on as a recommendation for any of you folks who might want to play these

They are all nifty little dance numbers, easy and fun to play, and can all be downloaded from here:

https://levysheetmusic.mse.jhu.edu/people/thos-p-westendorf

Wonderfull Frank thumb thumb even the pictures are great 3hearts Nice simpel music representing a piece of history.

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I like playing parlor music from the 18th and early 19th century. Some of it is really good. (And some of it is amazingly crappy, as in "Why would anyone bother printing that".)

I get a kick out of the fact that I might be the first person to play a certain piece for the past hundred years, too. smile

Once in a while I come across something that I consider truly exceptional and I've shared a few of my finds here over the course of time, like this one here:

https://forum.pianoworld.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/2948137/fairy-kisses.html

Sheet music was a major purchase in those days, too. The Echoes from the Nursery series says that it's forty cents per piece. Forty cents in 1879 is about twelve dollars in today's money, so these five pieces would cost you about sixty dollars today.

Some of the artwork is really well done, too.

Here's a drawing from the Choice Selections for Evening Amusement series. I like it well enough that I cut it out of the cover sheet scan and did a bit of light editing to make it into a generic picture of a Victorian music room instead of an ad for the music publisher.

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As some of you folks like this stuff too, I'll continue to post recommendations for some of the most worthwhile parlor music here when I happen to run across it.


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For my own convenience I cleaned up the scans in the Echoes from the Nursery series and made it all into a little pdf book.

If any of you fine folks should also have any use for this:

http://frankcox.ca/Echoes_from_the_Nursery-1879.pdf


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Thanks for that Frank. Wow, some of those pieces are just odd. And the artwork is strange too. There were no recordings or radio, so if you wanted music in the home, then you needed sheet music. Since there was a market for it, a lot of stuff got published.

It was also common for people to share. Somewhere I have a pdf of Emily Dickinson's music album - published and copied music, very little of it of any "quality"...

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Just another thank you from an appreciative plonker. Thank you for taking the time to do that service for us.


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