Philadelphia firemen's cotillion. Composed & respectfully dedicated to the members of the Fire Association, by F. Johnson / The orphan's cotillion, composed and respectfully dedicated to the Orphan's Society by F. Johnson


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Philadelphia [13 South Fifth Street]: G. E. Blake, [1822]. 13 1/8 x 9 3/8". 2pp. (2 leaves, pages 1 and 4 blank). Removed from a larger volume. Some foxing, water stain in lower margin. Fair. Engraved. On January 24, 1822, the Orphan Asylum of Philadelphia burned to the ground and 20 to 25 orphans died in the fire. " . Johnson captured the sorrow of the city with his own creation of two unique works. 'The Orphan's Cotillion' was dedicated to the Orphan's Society and 'The Firemen's Cotillion' to the members of the Fire Association." - Charles K. Jones, Francis Johnson (1792-1844): Chronicle of a Black Musician in Early Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia, p. 68. If not the earliest American musical composition written in praise of volunteer firefighters, one of the earliest. For more about Johnson, see the "African American Registry" online and "Grove Music Online" ("A summary of Johnson's musical achievements as America's premier bandsman was such that he is easily labeled the Sousa of the period. His publications resulted in other black musicians finding music publishers."). Bookseller Inventory # 003922

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