Confederate Music

Confederate Music

Confederate Music

Confederate Music

Excerpt

This volume grew out of a desire to learn what music was published in the Confederacy. The author's interest was rooted in the publishing history of the South and not primarily in the music as music. The original conception of a bibliography, however, soon appeared to be inadequate. It became apparent that the musical history of the Confederacy and the literary history of its songs and song writers had been as neglected as the story of Southern publishing.

The present volume is confined strictly to music published within the bounds of the Confederacy, that is, to music published in the various Southern cities while they were under the political and military control of the Confederate government. Music in sympathy with the Confederate cause was printed in Baltimore, Louisville, and other cities of the Union, and much of it was doubtless circulated in the South. Music was published in Nashville and New Orleans after the fall of those cities to Federal troops. Exclusion of publications from these points rules outC. D. Benson "Here's Your Mule" (Nashville, 1862), a song of undoubted popularity in the South, or "For Bales" (New Orleans, 1864), the Blackmar company's satiric publication to the tune of "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," but extension of the definition of Confederate music would defeat the purpose of this work.

The publications of the Blackmars present a particular problem to the bibliographer of Confederate music, as the firm, after the capture of New Orleans in 1862, did not cease operations but published at both Augusta, Georgia, and New Orleans. The Augusta imprints are obviously Confederate in origin. The New Orleans imprints may have actually originated in either Augusta or New Orleans. In general, the imprints of occupied New Orleans have not been considered in this account, but, in a few instances, where the copyright notice is . . .

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