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Volume of manuscript musical scores circa 1820's  

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Sarah Peterson Demmings Music Book, Her Work

Demmings, Sarah Peterson





Approximately [128] pp. Musical score in manuscript. (4to) 33x23 cm (13x9"), original boards backed with new leather spine by Cory Reisbord.

The manuscript volume reveals the extensive repertoire of a young woman’s interest in parlor music, and also her ability to transcribe a variety of tunes. The volume offers no place or date, but is certainly American and circa 1820s. For example. “Orange Regiments March” and “The Minute Gun at Sea” were both published in 1823. Partial Index of 32 titles penned on free front end-paper, presumably by Ms. Demmings, although the volume has more pieces—in fact a total of 59 pieces. A unique piece of Americana.



All of the compositions present in this volume are listed below. Information and/or titles that are within the volume but NOT listed on the front index are included in brackets.

Swiss Waltz

Hungarian Waltz*

Mad: De Noville’s [Neville?] Waltz

Music [Instrumental]

Illwife [The]

Hail Columbia*

Meetings of the Waters

March [Instrumental]

Russian [Recruiting] March

Orange Regiments March

[Sailors Bride]

Copenhagen March

Smile Again my bonny lassie

Rural Lads & Lasses Gay

Row Gently Row

Begon[e] Dull Cair [sic]

Will you come to the bower

Lee Rigg [The]

[Bonnie Doon]

[Four instrumental sections]

Cruel Maid

Far Far at Sea

Bird Waltz

Tyroleian Air

Auld Lang Syne

Auld Lang Syne, Variations

Friend of my soul

Love the Dearest [Love Thee]

Laura’s Grave

Home Sweet Home

Hurrah! Hurrah

Dearest sweets bonnie lass

Recruiting March

Berwick March

Come to the Bower, Song

[The Minute Gun at Sea]

[New York’s Serenading Waltz]

[A Celebrated Quick Step]

[Ye Sheperd’s Tell Me]


[Home Sweet Home]

[The Mellow Home]

[Kate Kearney]


[Shall We Meet Again, Mary]

[We have Live’d and Love’d to Gather]

[Virginia Reel]

[Flow Gently Sweet After]

[March & Chorus]

[Governor Brooks March]

[William the Brave]

[3 Var. of the Swiss March]

[The Soldier to his own Fireside]

[The Star, A Cotillion]

[Caledonian March]

[There’s Nothing True But Heaven]

[To Sign yet feel no pain]





Lot Amendments

Rubbing to boards, corners worn; interior sound with toning and occasional light foxing to margins; very good.

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