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To The West! To The West! To the Land of the Free! From the New and Popular Entertainment "The Emigrant's Progress or Life in the Far West" by Henry Russell.

Sheet Music]. Russell, Henry (Music) and Mackay, Chas. (Words)

Published by Musical Bouquet Office. N.D. [ca. 1840?50], London., 1840
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Illustrated. 4 pp. Fo. Disbound. Ewen, Pop.Am.Comp., pp.148-50. Appleton's Cycl. Am. Biog. Concise DNB. Krummel & Sadie, p. 212 (for Musical Bouquet). Dichter Handbook, #1820. Composed and sung by Henry Russell in "The Emigrant's Progress". Front cover illustrations (woodblock engravings) probably from "Mr. Henry Russell's Panorama of America". The central image is of the composer seated at the piano, with a large sailing ship evident through the window. The surrounding images portray an American ship; a British ship; a bucolic domestic landscape with a father returning from a row, being greeted by wife and child, before a cabin in the woods, amidst mountains and lakes ; a view of Niagara Falls; a scene of white dudes in a tavern, one having his boots removed by a Black (? slave), with another Black standing by with his slippers; a view of a slave auction. These images were to be used by other Russell productions for the Musical Bouquet in the series on "The Emigrant's Progress", an autobiographical series by Russell. A facsimile of Russell's signature on the front cover. Henry Russell (1812-1900) was born in England of Jewish parentage. He studied with Bellini and knew Rossini, Donizetti and Meyerbeer. To seek his fortune he moved to America from 1833 to 1841, where his income came from his concerts (piano and voice recitals), not from his immensely popular sheet music, for which he received no royalties. Among his famous works are "Woodman, Spare That Tree," "The Indian Hunter," "That Old Gang of Mine," etc. He championed social causes like abolition (as in this item), reform of mental asylums and temperance. he was closely associated with "The Musical Bouquet". This song expresses the eagerness of an emigré and his enthusiasm for the freshness and opportunities in this new western country (the U.S.). Dr. Charles Mackay (1814-1889) often wrote the poems for Russell's music. As a subeditor for "The Morning Chronicle", 1834-44, he must have known Charles Dickens. on p. 4 is inscribed i ink: "Presented by Miss Allen [or Helen] / Barnsby, Yorkshire / December/53". Toned. A 2" transverse closed tear across mid-page, with very old repair by sewing with linen thread. The tear does not encroach on the music. Else, Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 11563

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Title: To The West! To The West! To the Land of the...

Publisher: Musical Bouquet Office. N.D. [ca. 1840?50], London.

Publication Date: 1840

Edition: First Edition..

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