“Black Hawk Waltz” Sheet Music

Description (Brief)
This sheet music is for the song “Black Hawk Waltz” that was composed by Mary E. Walsh. The sheet music was published by the De Luxe Music Company of New York around 1880. The plain white cover has black text with a few geometric patterns near the top.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
sheet music
Object Type
Sheet Music
sheet music
composer
Walsh, Mary E.
publisher
De Luxe Music Co.
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 12 1/4 in x 9 1/4 in; 31.115 cm x 23.495 cm
Place Made
United States
ID Number
1983.0424.081
accession number
1983.0424
catalog number
1983.0424.081
subject
Music
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Comments

Wow. This was the first piano music I ever heard. My mother played this all the time because it was written by her cousin, a spinster who lived in Iowa. But her name was Charlotte Brackelsberg, not Mary E. Welsh. I had a copy of the sheet music, which did not look like the one pictured, and it was composed and copyrighted by her. I recently lost my home of 44 years to the fraudulent bankers, and all of my sheet music was left behind because I had no one to help me move. This music included the copy of the Blackhawk Waltz and other compositions by Charlotte Brackelsberg. I feel terrible that this family heirloom got left behind, and of all the belongings I had ro abandon, my sheet music and album collection are the ones I feel most upset about. Who knew? Music endures, as does the written word (I was able to take all my books), and are really the only things that matter because they are conveyors of beauty and truth and are timeless in their value....and greed, theft and destruction can't touch their integrity. But now a great mystery unfolds. I can't prove my statement because I no longer have the physical proof of my claim. I am, however, thrilled to see people performing the waltz on YouTube. I'm sure this would be very heartening to dear old Charlotte, a single woman living alone in 1800s Iowa. And certainly watching and hearing my dear mother play this piece is one of my fondest memories of her.

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