Strange Piano

Art by Norman E. Masters



FORGOTTEN and NEGLECTED
PIANO MASTER*WORKS


from the Golden Age of Compositions for the Pianoforte


This evolving anthology of *rare* Parlor Piano Sheet Music will (in largest part) be selected from compositions between 1850 and 1870. The major popular composers of the 1880's into the 1920's tended more towards sentimentality than this (very amateur) pianist is comfortable with -- whereas the *best* from the years we are seeking to help preserve expresses genuine *sentiment*. With rare exception the 1920's will be our cut-off date for what will appear on this site. Popular sheet music from then on is *already* adequately preserved in published anthologies (& to my owne view is, overall, of considerably *less* beauty and is far less masterfull in expressiveness).

The High*Light of this anthology of Most Special Music (at least to the values of its compiler) will be the compositions of Theodore Oesten -- who was considered by (at least some of) his contemporaries to be the *greatest* German composer (for the piano) immediately after Beethoven (his style was considerably imitated over the next several decades). But his oeuvre was *not* preserved by succeeding generations (such as *was* done with the likes of Chopin, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Lizst, Greig, et. al) altho, to my mind & values, it fully *deserved* to be. Perhaps the preservationists considered him too "appealing to the popular tastes" -- which they disdained, &, in large measure, "too easy to play" -- & thus not "challenging enough" for concert pianist virtuosos. Oesten, afterall, *was* writing (in large part) for the amateur parlour pianists -- generally *women* -- who often played *most* exquisitely.

A writer of a very short entry on Oesten in a turn-of-the-century resource i located in the Oakland University Library, Rochester, Michigan, dismissed him as being "sentimental" -- a judgement that this one *intensely* disagrees with (at least upon the basis of the almost 20 pieces by Oesten i have been fortunate enough to discover). But it is certainly possible that the most of these approximately 20 pieces are not representative of the (at least) more than a thousand *other* pieces Oesten composed. To be sure, his adaptation of When The Swallows Homeward Fly *is* sentimental, but pieces like Cradle Song, Love In May, Gondolied, On The Rialto, & Sleep Well Thou Sweet Angel are pure *sentiment* rather than the overdone sentimentality which characterized Oesten's imitators (like Gustav Lange) during the 1880's until Scott Joplin came on the scene.

Anyone who has copies of Theodore Oesten piano music that they wouldn't mind scanning in & sending to me, here at *COSMIC WIND*, to put on-line & help *preserve* -- world wide -- i am sure that future generations will be as *grateful* to you as Yours Truly will fully be, also. (In such case, query first on the full list of the pieces i already have. A few of these pieces, i only have the edited versions that Century published -- & not the complete originals.)

Anyone who has *information* about Oesten's life -- biographically-speaking (do *pictures* of him even exist?) -- such, also, would be *most* welcomed -- to add to this site dedicated to his memory.

~~Norman E. Masters
      December 23, 2001



The old edition of GROVE'S DICTIONARY OF MUSIC & MUSICIANS entry on Theodore (Theodor) Oesten, providing a *bit* of information upon him is here.





Then You'll Remember Me

Then You'll Remember Me
Art by Norman E. Masters



Special Note


With the continued growth of *Cosmic Wind* & *Cosmic Mother, Wisdom's Lovers*, we are quickly approaching the limit of our web space. Although *this* particular page is one of the most frequently visited on our site (due to there being lots of composers' names on it), the sheet music, itself, is seldom downloaded. Thus the sheet music uploads -- which were taking up 3/4ths of our 100,000 megs (very large files because we are striving to provide quality/ playable print-outs) is the logical place to be "trimming".

Since finding "free" web-space for this type of content is very difficult (even if we were to lower our standards to accept an ad sponsored space), we have been forced to remove the pages of sheet music for immediate downloading.

You can still get personal copies of this fine music; it simply takes a couple of extra steps. You need only send us an e-mail.

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Music Transforms The World

Music Transforms The World
Art by Norman E. Masters



Piano Music


Last night when the moon heart was full
I bent to touch my head upon the earth
and fell into the sky Tavern to be the piano of Love.
My chords and strings, hammers and keyboard
all became unhooked
to be a silent sounding of that music.

Hooting like a fog horn
soul ran naked to emptiness,
and then the music wrote it out
as Her score, like melting poetry
that is placed under a divine tongue
for a bird of paradise to eat.

O, I should like to give you this music,
this poetry that only comes from nothing.
To see the glory of your smile
as the mouth of absence turned you
into Majnun making love to Leili,
and then your sweet surprise
as that embrace turned into the invisible kiss
that steals every heart away
to be the O of Love.

Yet today, I am back in our orchestra
fiddling with notes to warm a sleepy singer up.
I should like to say a few words and set them to music
so that this dance becomes wild with delight.
So that our heads can dance with our feet
like dizzy lovers playing with invisible keys.

Would that the stage of this opera house
raise its curtain to let the sky music in,
but my piano has fallen from the roof
and can only play around in the garden
like a happy yapping puppy
its wooden legs wobbling
and chasing after a tale told by its Mistress.

This love sick piano may seem to play,
but look closer,
every joint in its frame has become unhinged,
by a music making that never saw a score sheet.
By a jingle jangle melody sung by a starlight cabaret
that holds it together with heart songs
that only Love can hear.
love

~~eric ashford

Copyright August 8, 2002 by Eric J. Ashford







Theodore Oesten


~~ SOME OF OESTEN'S BEST, TO MY TASTE: ~~


CRADLE SONG (SCHLUMMERLIED), Opus 91

Composed by Theodore Oesten (9 Pages)
Published by S. Brainard & Co. 208 Superior St., Cleveland (circa 1860's)
[By Request]


CARNIVAL OF VENICE, Capricietto Brillant

Composed by Theodore Oesten (9 pages)
Century Certified Edition, Salon Compositions For The Pianoforte, Published by Heritage Music Publications, Inc.
[By Request]


LOVE IN MAY, Maienliebe, Op. 50, No. 1, Sounds of Love

Composed by Theodore Oesten (7 pages)
Published by S. Brainard & Co, 208 Superior St., Cleveland (circa 1860's)
[By Request]


LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, Six Fantaisies Brilliantes sur des motifs favoris de l'Opera

Composed by Theodore Oesten (11 pages)
Published by Oliver Ditson & Co., Washington St., Boston (circa 1860's)
[By Request]


SLEEP WELL, THOU SWEET ANGEL Opus 277 No. 2

Composed by Theodore Oesten
Published by The University Society, New York, 1900
in The World's Best Music, Instrumental, Vol. IV,
Editor-In-Chief, Victor Herbert
[By Request]


~~ SOME VERY FINE ONES AMONG THE REST: ~~


A LITTLE STORY

Composed by Theodor Oesten (2 pages)
Pages 1121 - 1122 in Vol. V of The World's Best Music
Published by The University Society, New York, 1904
Editor-In-Chief, Victor Herbert
[By Request]


ALPINE GLOW, Alpengluhen Idylle, Op. 193

Composed by Theodore Oesten, Edited Edition (5 pages)
Published by Century Music Publishing Co., New York 23, N.Y. No. 1051
[By Request]


DOLL'S DREAM (Puppchen's Traumen und Erwachen!), Cradle Song (Wiegenlied) Opus 202, No. 4

Composed by Theodore Oesten (5 pages)
Published by Century Music Publishing Co., New York, No. 190
[By Request]


ECHO IDYLLE, Opus 223

Composed by Theodore Oesten (7 pages)
Published by Oliver Ditson & Co., 277 Washington St., Boston (circa 1860)
[By Request]


FOREST ROSES

Composed by ForestRoses
Pages 194 through 197, The Ideal Home Music Library, Volume III,
Light Piano Pieces, Piano Solo, Compiled and Edited by Albert E. Wier,
Copyright 1913 by Charles Scribner's Sons, New York
[By Request]


GONDOLIED

Composed by Theodor Oesten
Published by Blodgett & Bradford, 209 Main St., Buffalo (circa 1860's)
[By Request]


HEAVENLY BLISS, Seliges Gluck, Opus 50, No. 4, Sounds of Love

Composed by Theodore Oesten (7 pages)
Published by Oliver Ditson & Co., 277 Washington St., Boston (circa 1860)
[By Request]


LA FILLE DU REGIMENT, Opus 57, No. 10, Perles de L'Opera, 12 Morceaux elegantes

Composed by Theodore Oesten (7 pages)
Published by Lee & Walker, 162 Chesnut St., Philadelphia, Successors to Geo. Willig (circa 1860)
[By Request]

ON THE RIALTO (Auf den Lugunen), Barcarolle for Piano, Op. 222

Composed by Theodore Oesten (5 pages)
Published by Oliver Ditson & Co., 277 Washington St., Boston (circa 1860's)
[By Request]


SERENADE, Op. 50, No. 2, Sounds of Love

Composed by Theodore Oesten (7 pages)
Published by Oliver Ditson & Co., 277 Washington St., Boston (circa 1860's)
[By Request]


SNOWBELLS' SPRING CAROL, Idylle, Op. 227

Composed by Theodore Oesten (7 pages)
Published by J. E. Gould, 7th & Chesnut St., Philadelphia (circa 1860's)
[By Request]


SOUVENIR DE MARTHA, Fantaisie Brillante on Flowtow's Opera

Composed by Theodore Oesten (11 pages)
Published by John Shepherd, 98, Newgate Street, London
[By Request]


THE LITTLE TYROLEAN MAID

Composed by Theodore Oesten (3 pages)
Pages 115 thru 117, The Ideal Home Music Library, Volume IV,
Juvenile Piano Pieces, Compiled and Edited by Albert E. Wier,
Copyright 1913 by Charles Scribner's Sons, New York
[By Request]


WHEN THE SWALLOWS HOMEWARD FLY (Agathe)

Composed by Theodore Oesten (9 pages)
Published by S. Brainard & Co., 203 Superior St., Cleveland (circa 1860)
[By Request]




Brinley Richards


CHIME AGAIN, BEAUTIFUL BELLS!

Melody by H. Bishop, arranged by Brinley Richards (7 pages)
Published by Sheppard Cottier & Co., 215 Main St., Buffalo (circa 1860)
[By Request]


FLOATING ON THE WIND

Arrangement, transcribed by Brinley Richards (5 pages)
Published by Oliver Ditson & Co., 277 Washington St., Boston (circa 1860)
[By Request]


HER BRIGHT SMILE HAUNTS ME STILL

W. T. Wrighton, transcription by Brinley Richards (7 pages)
Published by Oliver Ditson & Co., 277 Washington St., Boston (circa 1860's)
[By Request]


JUANITA

Transcription by Brinley Richards (7 pages)
(circa 1860's) (publisher page is missing)
[By Request]


MARIA, Nocturne

Composed by Brinley Richards (7 Pages)
A. & S. Nordheimer, Publisher: Toronto, Montreal, Hamilton, London (circa 1860's)
[By Request]


SIBYLLE, Warblings At Morn, Romance

Composed by Brinley Richards (7 pages)
A. & S. Nordheimer,Publisher: Toronto, Montreal, Hamilton, London (circa 1860's)
[By Request]


THOU ART SO NEAR YET SO FAR (Reichardt)

Arranged by Brinley Richards (9 pages)
Published by Oliver Ditson & Co., 277 Washington St., Boston (circa 1860)
[By Request]




Charles Grobe


ROCK ME TO SLEEP, MOTHER, Op. 1350

Composed by Charles Grobe (7 pages)
Copyright 1861 by Russell & Patee, Published by Russell & Patee 61 Court St., Boston
[By Request]


THE LONE STARRY HOURS, Opus 912

Composed by Charles Grobe (9 Pages)
Copyright 1857, Oliver Ditson & Co., Boston
[By Request]


THE TOLLING BELL APPROACHING MT. VERNON, Op. 1090

Composed by Charles Grobe (8 pages)
Copyright 1859, Published by Lee & Walker, 722 Chesnut St., Philadephia
[By Request]



Adolph Baumbach


HOME

Transcript by A. Baumbach
(circa 1860's) (publisher page is missing) (7 pages)
[By Request]


THEN YOU'LL REMEMBER ME

Composed by Adolph Baumbach
From BOHEMIAN GIRL (circa 1860's)
[By Request]




Miscellaneous Greats to 1870


ARIA ALLA SCOZZESE

Composed by T. Valentine
Circa 1860's, Published by Oliver Ditson, 115 Washington St. (5 pages)
[By Request]


CHANSON DES ALPES, Song of the Alps, Fantasie de Concert, Opus 51

Composed by T. P. Ryder (11 pages)
Copyright MDCCCLXX by White, Smith & Perry;
Copyright MDCCCXCVIII by Heirs of T. P. Ryder,
Published by White-Smith Music Publishing Co., Boston, New York, Chicago
[By Request]


CHANT DU BERGER

Composed by M. de Colas (5 pages)
Published by Oliver Ditson & Co., 277 Washington St. (circa 1860)
[By Request]


INDIANA (WALTZ), LES SEDUISANTES, Grand Waltz

Composed by G. Marcailhou (5 pages)
Published by Oliver Ditson & Co., 277 Washington St., Boston (circa 1860)
[By Request]


PINSON ET FAUVETTE, (The Two Birds), Conserie Matinale, Op. 29

Composed by Paul Barbot (9 pages)
Published by Oliver Ditson & Co. 277 Washington St., Boston (circa 1860)
[By Request]


WHISPERS FROM ERIN

Composed by R. S. Rockstro
Published by Ashdown & Parry, 18, Hanover Square, London (circa 1860's)
[By Request]




John A. Seidt


AZALEA, Morceau for Piano, Opus 22

Composed by John A. Seidt (5 pages)
Copyright MCMXXVII by John A. Seidt,
Published by John A. Seidt, Baltimore, Md.
[By Request]


STARLIGHT REVERIE

Composed by John A. Seidt (7 pages)
Copyright MCMXXIX by John A. Seidt,
Published by John A. Seidt, Baltimore, Md.
[By Request]

[If anyone has any further works by John A. Seidt you'd scan in and send, they'd be appreciated.]





Harry J. Lincoln


A LITTLE MORE PEPPER, One or Two Step or Tango

Composed by Harry J. Lincoln (5 pages)
Copyright MCMXIV, Published by Vandersloot Publishing Co, Williamsport, Pa.
[By Request]


ANGEL WHISPERS, Reverie-Transcription

Composed by Harry J. Lincoln (7 pages)
Copyright MCMXIV, Published by Vandersloot Music Pub. Co., Williamsport, Pa.
[By Request]


FAIRIES OF DAWN, Reverie-Transcription

Composed by Harry J. Lincoln (5 pages)
Copyright MCMX, Published by Vandersloot Music Pub. Co., Williamsport, Pa.
[By Request]


GARDEN OF DREAMS, Reverie, Serenade

Composed by Harry J. Lincoln (5 pages)
Copyright MCMIX, Published by Vandersloot Music Pub. Co., Williamsport, Pa.
[By Request]


VALLAMONT (Valley & Mountain) Reverie

Composed by Harry J. Lincoln (5 pages)
Copyright MCMIII, Published by Vandersloot Music Pub. Co., Williamsport, Pa.
[By Request]




Music With *Soul*:


ROSES AND THORNS

Composed by A. Viderique (3 pages)
From pages 35 thru 37 of a collection with other pieces therein Copyrighted between 1872 and 1886. The first 16 pages of my copy of this collection are missing, as are all pages after page 110. The collection has *lots* of lovely melodies in it. It was obviously published no earlier than 1886.
[By Request]


SOUTHOLOGY, from the Suite Improvisation


Composed by Joe Sanders (3 pages)
Copyright 1931 by Robbins Music Corporation, 799 Seventh Ave., New York, N.Y.
[By Request]


THE MISSOURI WALTZ


From an original melody produced by John Valentine Eppel
Arranged for the piano by Frederick Knight Logan
Lyric by J. R. Shannon (7 pages)
Copyright MCMXIV by Frederic Logan Knight
Copyright transferred MCMXV to F. J. A. Foster, Chicago
Published by Forster Music Publisher Inc., Chicago
[By Request]




Chimes


CATHEDRAL CHIMES, Reverie for Piano

Composed by Arnold and Brown (5 pages)
Copyright MCMXIII by Standard Music Company, Props. Harold Freeman Co., Providence, Rhode Island
[By Request]


EVENING CHIMES (Abendlauten), Reverie

Composed by A. F. Marzian (5 pages)
Copyright MCMXIII by A. F. Marzian, Music Publisher, New Albany, Ind. (5 Pages)
[By Request]


MIDNIGHT CHIMES, Reverie

Composed by W. Glen Tipton (5 pages)
Copyright MCMXIV, Published by Warner C. Williams and Co., Indianapolis, Indiana
[By Request]


SUNSET CHIMES

Composed by Fred Heltman (5 pages)
Copyright MCMXIV, Published by the Fred Heltman Co., Cleveland, Ohio
[By Request]


VESPER CHIMES, Reverie

Composed by Ted S. Barron (5 pages)
Published by Metropolis Music Co., New York
[By Request]




Prayer & Meditation


BELLS OF THE MONASTERY, Les Cloches Du Monastere

Composed by Lefebure Wely (7 pages)
Published by S. T. Gordon, 538 Broadway, New York (circa 1860)
[By Request]


MEDITATION, Op. 90

Composed by C. S. Morrison (5 pages)
Copyright MDCCCXCVI by The John Church Company
[By Request]


PRAYER TO THE VIRGIN

Composed by Gustave Lange (5 pages)
From pages 90 thru 94 of a collection with other pieces therein Copyrighted between 1872 and 1886. The first 16 pages of my copy of this collection are missing, as are all pages after page 110. The collection has *lots* of lovely melodies in it. It was obviously published no earlier than 1886.
[By Request]


SOUL'S AWAKENING, Reverie, Op. 30, No. 1

Composed by M. Greenwal (5 pages)
Copyright MCMIX by Leo Feist, 134 W. 37th St., N.Y.
[By Request]




Fritz Spindler


CONVENT BELLS, Op. 116

Composed by Fritz Spindler (9 pages)
Published circa 1860s, Henry Tolman & Co. 291 Washington St.
[By Request]


O SANCTISSIMA, Evening Hymn To The Virgin, Op. 302, No. 2

Composed by Fritz Spindler (7 pages with picture of composer on cover)
Copyright 1913 by Art Publication Society, St. Louis, Mo., U.S.A.
[By Request]


WELLENSPEIL, Rippling Waters, Op. 6

Composed by Fritz Spindler (11 pages)
Published by Oliver Ditson & Co., 277 Washington St., Boston (circa 1860)
[By Request]




Easy To Play, Lovely To Hear


LOVE'S DELIGHT, Three-Step

Composed by Dolly Connelly
Copyright MCMVIII by McKinley Music Co., Chicago, New York
[By Request]


SAVIOUR, BREATHE AN EVENING BLESSING

Composed by Harry Spencer (3 pages)
From Sacred Vocal Casket, circa early 1900's
[By Request]


SONG OF THE BROOK, Opus 47, No. 2

Composed by Stephen Heller (2 pages)
Pages 4 & 5, in 25 Etudes pour Piano, Opus 47,
The B. F. Wood Music Co., Inc., Boston Massachusetts, London.
[By Request]




By Site-Visiting Pianists' Request


AWAKENING OF THE LION, Op. 15

Composed by A. v. Kontsti, Edited Edition (9 pages)
Published by Century Music Publishing Co., New York 23, N. Y. No. 747
[By Request]


FIFTH NOCTURNE, Op. 52

Composed by Ignace Leybach (6 pages)
Pages 464 through 469, Piano Masterpieces By 100 Great Composers,
Compiled and Edited by Alexander Shealy,
Copyright MCMLXXIII by Edward Schuberth & Co., Inc.
[By Request]


SALUT D'AMOUR, Love's Greeting

Composed by Sir Edward Elgar (2 pages)
Pages 188 through 189, Piano Masterpieces By 100 Great Composers,
Compiled and Edited by Alexander Shealy,
Copyright MCMLXXIII by Edward Schuberth & Co., Inc.
[By Request]


THE FOUNTAIN, La Fontaine

Composed by C. Bohm (6 pages)
Pages 4 through 9, The Ideal Home Music Library,
Volume III, Light Piano Pieces, Piano Solo,
Compiled and Edited by Albert E. Wier,
Copyright 1913 by Charles Scribner's Sons, New York
[By Request]




Norman E. Masters


PRAYER OF ST. FRANCIS

Composed by Norman E. Masters [By Request]


THINKING OF YOU

Composed by Norman E. Masters [By Request]




Links:

579 pieces of Old Sheet Music from the California Sheet Music Project are available here, including 10 pieces by Brinley Richards, 4 pieces by Theodor Oesten and 2 pieces by Charles Grobe:

http://fusion.sims.berkeley.edu/CSMP_test/actionpage2.cfm?subject_id=15


For anyone interested in the historical *background* relative to the short-lived centuries when this kind of sheet music was widely distributed (an era when most people played their *own* music -- rather than just listening to the "professionals") a very interesting on-line resource is:

http://www.musicweb.uk.net/Roth/index.htm#chap5

THE BUSINESS OF MUSIC
Reflections of a Music Publisher

by Ernst Roth

Chapter 4 -- "The Music Publisher: I" & "Chapter 5 -- The Music Publisher: II" relate to the publication of the kind of sheet music being preserved on this site.




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