Entries Tagged as 'Theatre'

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Romance gone bad

The Historical Sheet Music Collections have plenty of love songs – songs about flirting, courtship and weddings. But there are also songwriters who understand the opposite end of the romance spectrum, from the perspectives of the ones done wrong. Here are six amusing examples just in time for Valentine’s Day. Never introduce your bloke, to […]

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Tickets on the Royal Dime

Houghton’s latest exhibition, Shakespeare: His Collected Works, marks the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death. Here is a closer look at one object on display. Actress and royal mistress Nell Gwyn began her career in the theatre selling oranges for sixpence. By 1676 she had retired from the stage and had born Charles II two sons, yet […]

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

African American composers and performers: portrait images in sheet music

In honor of Black History Month, here are some pieces from the Historical Sheet Music Collections of 19th and 20th century music celebrating the work of Harry Davis, Bob Cole, J. Rosamond Johnson, Jerry Mills and Lottie Grady. Images of African American composers and performers in 18th, 19th and early 20th century sheet music were […]

Monday, February 1st, 2016

New on OASIS in February

Finding aids for six newly cataloged collections, including playbills from London theaters, costume designs, and samples of the work of photographic studios, have been added to the OASIS database this month: Processed by: Micah Hoggatt and Susan Pyzynski Playbills and Programs from London Theaters (TCS 63) Processed by: Irina Klyagin Letters to Natasha Trouhanova (MS Thr […]

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

Perhaps Silence Is More Decent: Thomas Merton at 100

January 31st marks the closing of the centenary of Thomas Merton’s birth. Merton is best known for his 1948 autobiography The Seven Story Mountain, which charted his trajectory from world citizen and aspiring literati to cloistered monk at the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani in Kentucky. In addition to writing prose and poetry related […]

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Driven bananas by popular songs

Have you ever had an “earworm”, a song stuck in your head? From the Historical Sheet Music Collections, here are some funny takes on show business’ response to the omnipresent songs of the day. The Merry Widow was a popular operetta composed by Franz Lehár, and in 1907 the public’s craze for the music, especially […]

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Jean-Claude Touche: unknown hero

Many have been the excited blogs I’ve written over the years, highlighting a find in the Ward Collection. It is often difficult to restrain myself from writing about something once a day, given the riches hiding in every box. But sometimes, the discoveries are rather sad, and I thought twice about highlighting this particular score. […]

Monday, January 25th, 2016

“You seem as dull as… a Yale man”

In April of 1892, Harvard sophomore George Doane Wells along with fellow members of the D.K.E. or “Dickey” Theatricals, wrote and produced an original comedic opera, Antony and Cleopatra, or, The Sinner, the Siren, and the Snake. The Dickey Theatricals were part of the Institute of 1770, a social club for Harvard sophomores which eventually […]

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Historical sheet music collections: The many faces of “Hawaiian Butterfly”

SHEET MUSIC 159 (O) Sheet music was often marketed by association with popular vaudeville, Broadway or movie stars. This tune from 1917, Hawaiian Butterfly, was published by Leopold Feist with at least eleven different vaudeville stars and teams pictured in the cover inset. The graphics and text are the same, as is the publisher’s plate […]

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Historical sheet music collections: The Heroism of King George

In our recent investigations of Houghton’s historical sheet music collections, I ran across an unusual score of the anthem God Save the King. The score included an unfamiliar verse by Mr. Sheridan at the bottom of the first leaf, and I couldn’t find the imprint recorded anywhere (though frequently libraries don’t catalog their sheet music […]