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Music played once: Gentle Annie (1856) by Stephen Collins Foster, courtesy Benjamin Robert Tubb
(Lyrics and sheet music images appear below.)

1856 - Music

"Greatest Hits" of 1856

"This list of music popular in America during [1856] is from Julius Mattfeld's Variety Music Cavalcade, 1620-1969, 3d ed. (Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1971)" - source

The Arrow and the Song. w., Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. m., Michael William Balfe. London: Boosey & Sons [1856].

The Cottage by the Sea. (1856) (coll.) w., m., John Rogers Thomas. Firth, Pond & Co., cop. 1856.

Darling Nelly Gray. (alternate sheet music copy) (melody MIDI) (text lyrics) (1856) w., m., Benjamin Russell Hanby. Boston: Oliver Ditson & Co., cop. 1856.

Gentle Annie . (melody MIDI) w., m., Stephen C[ollins] Foster. Firth, Pond & Co., cop. 1856.

Hark! I Hear an Angel Sing. (1857) w., W. C. B., m., R. G. Shrival. Augusta, Ga.: G. A. Oates, cop. 1856.

Katie Avourneen (melody MIDI) (text lyrics) w., m., Frederick Nicholls Crouch. S. T. Gordon, cop. 1856.

The Last Hope. (1856) Piano solo. m., Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Op. 16. Boston: Oliver Ditson & Co., cop. 1856.

Old Friends and Old Times. w., Charles Swain. m., John Rogers Thomas. Cleveland: S. Brainard's Sons, cop. 1856 by Henry Tolman, Boston.

Root, Hog, or Die. (melody MIDI) (1856) w., m., Richard J. McGowan (?). Boston: Oliver Ditson & Co., cop. 1856.

Stars of the Summer Night. Part song for TTBB. w., Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. m., Isaac Baker Woodbury (usually published anonymously). J. F. Huntington, cop. 1856.

1856 sheet music - 204 items in June 2006 - (Lester S. Levy Collection)

1856 sheet music - 88 items in August 2006 - (Sheet Music Consortium)

Title: Foster's Melodies No.31. Gentle Annie. Ballad.

Composer, Lyricist, Arranger: Written and Composed by Stephen C. Foster.

Publication: New York: Firth, Pond & Co., 547 Broadway, 1856.

Form of Composition: strophic with chorus

Instrumentation: piano and voice

Engraver, Lithographer, Artist: Wakelam

(Library of Congress copy - dated 1884 - here)


Thou wilt come no more, gentle Annie, Like a flower thy spirit did depart; Thou are gone, alas! like the many That have bloomed in the summer of my heart. chorus: Shall we never more behold thee; Never hear thy winning voice again When the Spring time comes, gentle Annie, When the wild flowers are scattered o'er the plain? We have roamed and loved mid the bowers When thy downy cheeks were in their bloom; Now I stand alone mid the flowers While they mingle their perfumes o'er thy tomb. Ah! the hours grow sad while I ponder Near the silent spot where thou are laid, And my heart bows down when I wander By the streams and the meadows where we strayed.

Title: The Scolding Wife Song, or, The Jovial Blade.

Composer, Lyricist, Arranger: Music Compos'd and Arranged for Piano Forte by Mrs. J.M. Russell, of Lawrenceville, Georgia

Publication: Philadelphia: T.C. Andrews, 66 Spring-Garden St., 1856.

Form of Composition: strophic with chorus

Instrumentation: piano and voice

Engraver, Lithographer, Artist: R.M. Gaw

(Library of Congress copy here)


There was a jo-vial blade And he married a coun-try maid; So safe-ly he con-duc-ted her Home, Home, Home. She was neat in ev'ry art, And she pleased him to the heart; But, a-las, and a-alas she was Dumb! Dumb! Dumb! She could brew, she could bake; She could cut, and she could make; She could sweep in a house With a Broom, Broom, Broom; She could card, and she could spin; And could do most ev'rything: But a-las and a-las she was Dumb! Dumb! Dumb! A Doctor he lived nigh; And to him he did apply, To cure his loving wife of the Num, Num, Num; He cut the chatting string, And her tongue began to ring, And it sounded in his ear like a Drum, Drum, Drum. Her tongue began to walk, And she began to talk, The same as if she had never been Dumb Dumb Dumb. To the Doctor he did go, With his heart full of wo, Saying, Doctor, O Doctor, I'm undone done done; For my wife she's turn'd to scold, And her tongue she will not hold; I'd give anything again if she was Dumb Dumb Dumb. It is the easiest part That belongs to my art, To make a woman talk that is Dumb, Dumb Dumb; But its passed the art of man, Let him do the best he can, To make a scolding wife hold her Tongue Tongue Tongue.