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I Won't Be a Nun.

Sheet Music]. Anonymous

Published by New York. E. Riley. N.D. [very early 19th C.]
From Gadshill (Providence, RI, U.S.A.)

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1 p. Small Fo. A comic song engraved and printed by E. Riley of New York, likely in early 19th century. A pretty, young woman disobeys her mother's wishes and refuses to go to a nunery because she knows and acknowledges that she is too wild and pleasure-loving. Dichter lists this song as published by G. Graupner in Boston ca. 1813. According to Fisher (pp.9697), another work published by E. Riley in 1814, was perhaps the first piece of American music bearing a copyright date. This fixes Riley as active very early in the 19th century, perhaps also in the 18th century. Edward Riley was a music teacher and engraver, first appearing in the New York directory for 1806. It is not known whether he is the same Edward Riley who published and engraved music in London from 1799 to 1802, when his name appears as the engraver of much music of this period. Riley was set up in New York from 1814 to 1831. His widow and children continued his business from 1832 to 1851. They contributed to the growth of New York as an early center of music publishing in America. (Krummell & Sadie,p.114). Dichter and Shapiro list a number of Negro and minstrel songs published by Riley, again early in the history of this genre. Music seller's modest stamp at lower margin ("E. Hopkins / Music Store / Troy] Browning of margins. Chips from edges, not encroaching on the text. Single horizontal fold. Else, Very Good Not in Wolfe, Fuld, or Fisher. Dichter's Handbook #914 (Boston edition). Fisher, 150 Years of Music Publishing in the U.S. Bookseller Inventory # 10852

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Title: I Won't Be a Nun.

Publisher: New York. E. Riley. N.D. [very early 19th C.]

Binding: Loose sheet. Removed.

Edition: First Edition.

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