Historic Sheet Music Collection

Historic Sheet Music Collection

 

The Historic Sheet Music Collection (HSMC) consists primarily of popular music of the mid-nineteenth to mid-twentieth century. Although most of the music is composed or arranged for voice with piano accompaniment, some pieces incorporate other instruments such as guitar, and some are for instrumental solo (primarily piano or guitar). A few classical works are also included in the collection.

Sheet music can offer an interesting interdisciplinary research opportunity. The lyrics, cover art, and advertisements open a window on the society and culture of the time. Subjects range from popular love songs to laments to humorous ditties - and everything else in between. Many songs reflect on the U.S. Civil War, World War I, and World War II. There is even a song about Wheaties in the collection.

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Submissions from 1803

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Romance d'une Folie, Etienne Nicolas Méhul

Submissions from 1802

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Air de Corisandre, Jena-Aime Vernier

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Romance du Barde dans Ariodant, Etienne Nicolas Mehul

Submissions from 1800

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Overture to Henry the 4th, Johann Paul Aegidius Martini

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Overture to Lodoiska, Rodolphe Kreutzer

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Overture to The Caravan, Robert Gretrie and Andre-Ernest-Modeste Gretry

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Overture to the Opera of Fra Diavolo, Daniel Francois Esprit Auber

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Palm Tree Branches, Frank H. Evans and Jean Faure

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Parade March of the 22d Regiment, Joseph Jungl

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Rory O'More, Samuel Lover

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Say, What Shall Be My Song Tonight, Joseph Philip Knight and W. H. Bellamy

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Scene in the City of Seville, Ferdinand

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Scenes that are Brightest, William Wallace and Alfred Bunn

Submissions from 1799

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Air d'Adolphe et Clara, ou les Deux Prisonniers, Nicolas Dalyrac

Air d'Anacréon, André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry

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Air d'Anacréon, Andre Ernest Modeste Gretry

Submissions from 1798

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Air de Florestan, dans Primerose, Nicolas Dalayrac

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Romance de Primerose, Nicolas Dalyayrac

Submissions from 1797

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Air d'Anacreon, André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry

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Air d'Anacreon, André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry

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Air de Primerose, Nicolas Dalyrac

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Air du Jokei, Solié

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Air du Jokei, Solié

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Air du Secret, Jean-Aime Vernier

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Air du Secret, Jean-Aime Vernier

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Clochette, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Duo de la Flute Enchantee, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Romance, Jean-Aime Vernier

Submissions from 1796

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Air des Mystères d'Isis, Ludwig Wenzel Lachnith

Submissions from 1795

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Air, David

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Air de Caroline, Jean-Aime Vernier

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Nourice, Delamaniere

Submissions from 1794

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Air del Signor Vincenza Martin, Vincenza Martin

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Musique de Lamparelli, Benoit Pollet

Submissions from 1793

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Invocation a la Nuit, Pierrre Garat

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Romance. Tirée du Roman de Blanche de Bazu, Pierre Garat

Submissions from 1792

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La Marseillaise : chant national., Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle

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Petit Malheureux, Benoit Pollet

Submissions from 1791

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Ronde de Nicodeme dans la Lune, L. A. Beffroy de Reigny

Submissions from 1790

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Air du 2e Acte d'Evelina, Antonio Sacchini

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Aria d'ella Villanella Rapita, Aria d'ella Villanella Rapita

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Ariette du Dormeur Eveillé, Niccolo Piccinni

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Feuilles de Terpsichore, ou Nouvelle Etude de Clavecin, Feuilles de Terpsichore, ou Nouvelle Etude de Clavecin

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La trompette appelle aux alarmes, Jean Pierre Claris de Florian

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Romance d'Estelle no. 4, Francois Devienne

Submissions from 1789

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Chanson; Romance de la Pauvre Femme, P. P. Blattman

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Romance, Mr. Plann

Submissions from 1787

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Romance d'Estelle no. 3, Francois Devienne

Submissions from 1785

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Air, Balthazard Torlez

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Petit Frondeur, Petit Frondeur