The French in California Sheet Music


The fervor of revolutionary times in France is portrayed in cover lithographs by Britton and Rey of two tableaus by Muller. The "Edition Californienne" was sponsored in the 1870s by Les Dames Francaises de San Francisco for the "Oeuvre de la delivrance." The first is "La Force et le courage: scene dramatique" with words by F. Duvert and Edmond Potier and music by A. Pilati. For a performance by soprano Sylvie Braitman, click on the speaker for sound or on the film projector for a video. The second tableau of Mr. Muller is "La! Ils ont fusille notre mere: scene dramatique", with words by F. Duvert and Edmond Potier and music by A. Pilati. Les Dames francaises de San Francisco also commissioned a piece by L. T. Planel, words by Des Farges, entitled "Hymne a la France", commemorating those who died for their country 1870-1871 (lithograph by Britton and Rey).

Another lithograph by Britton and Rey graces the cover of "Le Maitre d'ecole Alsacienne: Chant patriotique" by local composer L. T. Planel, with words by Villemer and Delormel (1872).

Transcriptions and arrangements of French opera music was published in San Francisco. Two piano arrangements of Meyerbeer's "Les Huguenots," Auger's "Manon Lescaut, Laughing Song," the overture of Boieldieu's "La Dame Blanche," and piano pieces "Les cloches du Monastere" by Lefebure-Wely and "La Priere d'une vierge" by Thecla Badarzewska.

A Fl. Muller wrote "La Fille de Madame Angot Quadrille". A song about "The Blue Alsatian Mountains" was written by Stephen Adams in the 1870s. "L'Alouette des Gaules: marche militaire dediee aux Lafayette Guard" was written by J. Carnaud, words by Pierre Cauwet, and published in the 1870s by H. Payot & Co., Libraires-Editeurs, 640 rue Washington, S.F.

Composer J. Ascher describes himself as "pianist honoraire de S. M. l'Imperatrice des Francais" on the cover of his "Mazurka des Traineaux" composee expres pour les bals de la cour, and dedicated to "son Ami Le Comte Olympe Aguado" (1827-1894, Strasbourg).

The comic opera "Le Petit duc" of Charles Lecocq was performed by Alice Oates' Comic Opera Company in San Francisco. The "Pages' Song" was printed in 1878 and went through at least 15 editions. An arrangement of several songs from the show was written by A. M. Gretchen and published in 1878.