Music History

Music history as it was seen and recorded long ago.

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History of The Last Rose of Summer

The Last Rose of Summer was written by Thomas Moore to the tune of ‘The Groves of Blarney.’ ‘The Groves of Blarney’ may be a variation of an older air called ‘The Young Man’s...

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History of John Brown’s Body

John Brown’s Body was one of the most popular marching tunes in its day. Its origin is American, and during the Civil War it was sung a lot. Its melody and its ‘authentic’ set...

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History of Home Sweet Home

The words of Home, Sweet Home were written by an American, John Howard Payne, and the music is the composition of Sir Henry R. Bishop. About 1820 a subscription folio was published through Goulding...

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History of Hail Columbia

Hail Columbia is one of the national patriotic songs of America. Its melody was first composed as a march in honor of the election of Washington as President in 1789. The credit of its...

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History of God Save the King

God Save the King is an anthem in two sections. The first section is six bars and the second section is eight bars. The first public performance is stated to have been at a...

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Redoute

Redoute A redoute was a public assembly at which the guests appeared with or without masks at pleasure. The word is French and is explained by Voltaire and Littre as being derived from Italian...

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Rebec

Rebec Italian Rebeca, Ribeba; Spanish Rabe, Rabel The French name (said to be of Arabic origin) of that primitive stringed instrument which was in use throughout western Europe in the Middle Ages, and was...

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Magyar Music

The most important part of the national music of Hungary is so called because it proceeds from the Magyar portion of the inhabitants. ‘The so-called Hungarian style of music,’ said the writer of two...

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Quinte

The name given in France, during the latter half of the 17th and part of the 18th centuries, to thenow obsolete five-stringed tenor viol. Five stringed viols were amongst the earliest in use. Praetorius...

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History of the Tirana Dance

The Tirana is an Andalusian dance of a very graceful description, danced to an extremely rhythmical air in 6/8 time. The words which accompany the music are written in ‘coplas’ or stanzas of four...