PIANO MUSIC - Sonatas, Arrangements, Variations, Incidental. Nine scores, including: an arrangement of a Concertante by Pleyel; an arrangement from Handel's Water Music; two waltzes by Mozart and one by Clementi; three sonatas by Valentino Nicolai; a set of variations entitled Rousseau's Dream by J. B. Cramer; an unattributed set of variations entitled The Lee Rigg; The Cottage Rondo by Matthais von Holst (great-grandfather of Gustav Holst); and a single page containing two short pieces entitled March in Pizzarro (evidently referring to the drama by Kotzebue, not Beethoven's opera) and College Hornpipe.
Additional notes on condition: Pleyel's Concertante and Nicolai's Sonatas with detached and torn title pages (affecting music on verso). The Prussian March torn with substantial creasing.
PIANO MUSIC - National or Boston-related Themes and Marches. Six scores, including: two waltzes named Swiss and Copenhagen; two marches entitled Salem Cadet's March and Governor Knight's March; a Prussian March with trio; and a single page containing two marches entitled Buonapart's Grand March and Washington's Assembly.
Gottlieb Graupner began his career as an oboist in the Hannover military band before joining the orchestra that would premiere Haydn's symphonies in London 1791 and 1792. He immigrated to America by 1795 and quickly became a fixture of Boston's music scene. Graupner's store, which published, printed, and engraved sheet music and dealt in instruments, was the leading music business in Boston for the first three decades of the nineteenth century. He published the music of American and European composers and was responsible for some of the first musical instructional treatises produced in the United States. He was also the leader of the Boston Philharmonic Society and a charter member of the Handel and Haydn Society.