Three songs for voice and piano or harp. Musical manuscript. British, 1836
by STOCKHAUSEN, Franz 1789-1868, Thomas Simpson COOKE 1782-1848, et al.
Folio. Unbound. 3, [i] (blank), 5-8 pp. on two bifolia. Notated in brown ink on hand-ruled 12-stave paper.A calligraphic fair copy, most probably executed by an amateur, with beams and stems drawn with the help of a ruler and massive noteheads emulating music engraving. With early owner's name to upper left corner of first page of each bifolium: "Mrs. Prinsch." Contains:- The Harvest Home. Identified as "A favourite song of Stockhausen". In B-flat major, 2/4 time; neither music nor text ascribed. Three stanzas, one written as underlay, the others as residual text. Note to end of residual text: "Finished Saturday April 16th 1836. T. H. T." The music is by Franz Stockhausen, the text by E. Taylor; published as The Merry Harvest Home (London: no publisher, 1835). One copy at the British Library.- "When the Heart in the bosom is beating!" In E major; 2/4 time. Text credited: "Words by J. S. Arnold Esqr."; no ascription of music. Two stanzas, one written as underlay, the other as residual text. Note to end of residual text: "Finished April 12th 1836. T. H. T." From the comic opera The King's Proxy, or Judge for Yourself with music by Thomas Simpson Cooke on a libretto by Samuel James Arnold (1774-1852). Published (London: no publisher, 1815). One copy at the British Library.- "O softly sleep! My Baby Boy." Identified as "A Ballad sung by Mrs. Salmon." In A-flat major; no time signature (common time); neither music nor text ascribed. Five stanzas, one written as underlay, the others as residual text. No date. Music either by Charles Hatch Smith, who is credited with a published setting (London: J. Power, ) held at the British Library (see also the performance reported in The Harmonicon 1, issue v, May 1823, p. 73.), or by Robert Archibald Smith (1780-1829), identified as the composer in The Souvenir Minstrel, edited by Cornelius Soule Cartee (Philadelphia: Marshal, Clark and Co., 1833), p. 231 (without music). The text is anonymous.Slightly soiled; some show-through. (Inventory #: 27181)
Musical Autographs and Manuscripts; Rare Books on Music and Dance; First and Early Editions of Printed Music; Prints, Drawings and Ephemera relating to Music and Dance including Opera and Ballet.
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