Showing posts with label Public domain music. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Public domain music. Show all posts

Printable Antique Sheet Music: Sunshine Schottisch, 1866

How then does light return to the world
after the eclipse of the sun? Miraculously.
Frailly. In thin stripes. It hangs like a glass cage.
It is a hoop to be fractured by a tiny jar.
There is a spark there. Next moment a flush of dun.
Then a vapour as if earth were breathing in and out,
once, twice, for the first time.
Then under the dullness someone walks with a green light.
Then off twists a white wraith. The woods throb blue and green,
and gradually the fields drink in red, gold, brown.
Suddenly a river snatches a blue light.
The earth absorbs colour like a sponge slowly drinking water.
It puts on weight; rounds itself; hangs pendent;
settles and swings beneath our feet.
Virginia Woolf, The Waves

19th century sheet music, originally published in 1866. The arrangement is called "Sunshine Schottisch" by Septimus Winner, an American songwriter of the 19th century. He used his own name, and also the pseudonyms Alice Hawthorne, Percy Guyer, Mark Mason, Apsley Street, and Paul Stenton.

In 1855, Winner published the song "Listen to the Mockingbird" under the Alice Hawthorne name. He had arranged and added words to a tune by local singer/guitarist Richard Milburn, an employee, whom he credited. Later he sold the rights, reputedly for five dollars, and subsequent publications omitted Milburn's name from the credits. The song was indeed a winner, selling about 15 million copies in the United States alone.


Another of his successes, and still familiar, is "Der Deitcher's Dog", or "Oh Where, oh Where Ish Mine Little Dog Gone", a text that Winner set to the German folk tune "In Lauterbach hab' ich mein' Strumpf verlor'n" in 1864, which recorded massive sales during Winner's lifetime. Here's a happier, modified version by the Frazee Sisters:


You can download the sheet music for "Sunshine Schottisch" as an 11" x 8.5" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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Printable Antique Sheet Music: Sérénade de Rosella, 1893

If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.
That strain again! it had a dying fall:
O, it came o'er my ear like the sweet sound,
That breathes upon a bank of violets,
Stealing and giving odour! Enough; no more:
'Tis not so sweet now as it was before.
O spirit of love! how quick and fresh art thou,
That, notwithstanding thy capacity
Receiveth as the sea, nought enters there,
Of what validity and pitch soe'er,
But falls into abatement and low price,
Even in a minute: so full of shapes is fancy
That it alone is high fantastical.
William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

19th century sheet music, originally published in 1893. The arrangement is called "Sérénade de Rosells" with lyrics by Paul Demaria and music by G. Marietti. You can download the 8" x 8" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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19th Century Public Domain Sheet Music: Sérénade Sur L'Eau, 1893

For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),
It's always our self we find in the sea.
e.e. cummings, 100 Selected Poems

Above is the first half of a page of 19th century sheet music, originally published in the November 26, 1893 issue of La Famille. The arrangement is called "Sérénade Sur L'Eau" with lyrics by H. de N. and music by A. Maas. Below is the second half of the page:
You can download both halves in ONE sheet of music as a high-res 8.5" x 11" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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19th Century Public Domain Sheet Music: Pompadour Galop, 1886


A page of Victorian sheet music, originally published in the July 1, 1886 issue of the Young Ladies' Journal. The arrangement is called "The Pompadour Galop" and was composed specifically for the publication by James Fitzgerald.

You can download the high-res 6" x 9" @ 300 ppi JPEG without a watermark here.

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