San Francisco Music from the Gold Rush (Concert) Oct. 4, 1998
Music Sources, Center for Historically Informed Performance, Inc., Berkeley, California
Sylvie Braitman, soprano
John Khouri, piano (early cast-iron frame piano, about 1860)
Laurette Goldberg, host and piano
Mary Kay Duggan, project research
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Introduction, Laurette Goldberg
Home Sweet Home, op. 329, no. 1, arranged
Theodor Oesten (1813-1870).
The most famous piece in the United
States on both sides of the Civil War, "Home Sweet Home",
written in the 1820s by Sir Henry Bishop for his musical "Clari,
or The Maid of Milan", must have evoked memories of former modes
of living to the new Californians of the 1850s.
Co-published by Matthias Gray, San Francisco, with G. Andre & Co.,
Philadelphia, with an idealized European country home on the sheet music cover
(click on Search 2 to follow the score).
The California Pioneers. M. A. Richter. The first piece of music
published in California.
The Last Rose of Summer, op. 45, Variations. By English
Richards (1819-1885). Published by Matthias
Gray between 1875 and 1878 (click on Search 2 to view demanding music score).
Charlie by Alfred Lee (San Francisco: Matthias Gray, 1872).
La Force et le
courage. The "Edition Californienne" of the 1870s was sponsored by
Les dames francaises de San Francisco for the "Oeuvre de la deliverance."
To see details of the lithograph (by San Francisco artists Britton and Rey)
of a patriot before the firing squad
and follow the stirring text, use Search 1.
Ching Chow Chung, from the multicultural music review "Aladdin" written
by German immigrant Charles (formerly Carl) Schultz in 1873. Schultz arrived in San
Francisco in 1853, an 18-yr.-old who had studied the violin as a private
pupil of Spohr. While "Ching Chow Chung" appears to be in Chinese, with
such phrases as "lapsong suchong", it is actually a nonsense text imitative of
the sounds of the Chinese language with
music in a "Chinese" idiom with which Schultz must have become
acquainted in his adopted city. It was originally sung by Irish
immigrant Maggie Moore whose photograph appears on the sheet music cover
Los lindos ojos (Those Pretty Eyes), "danza compuesta para
canto y piano" by Manuel Ygnacio Ferrer, words by J. M. Paredes (M. Gray, 1875).
Ferrer was born in Baja California in 1832 and died in San Francisco in 1904.
From 1854 for four decades he concertized on guitar and piano. With his ten
children he toured the East in 1891, playing at the White House and at the
Vanderbilt mansion (Search 2).
Galop brillante, op. 49, for 4 hands.