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The Music Of Justin Holland

Justin Holland was one of the first American classical guitarists, and he was teacher and a composer. He was also a prominent member of the African-American Masonic lodge. We have collected sheet music of the solo guitar works and the arrangements for voice and guitar of Justin Holland.



Baseball in Song and Music


"Build it, and they will come"

Go to our page "Baseball in Song and Music" where you can download a unique collection of sheet music related to baseball published in the 19th and early 20th Century. There is also a baseball screen-saver created from dozens of early baseball images, a collection of classic baseball MP3s, and a few PDF downloads of early baseball poetry. Go and listen to Bob Dylan sing "Take Me Out To The Ballgame", acapella.....




Forgotten 19th Century
American Guitar Music


In 19th Century America, music publishers were very busy publishing a large amount of sheet music. Much of this music was sheet music for the guitar. We have collected some of this guitar music, including music by some of the best 19th Century American guitarists such as African-American classical guitarist and composer Justin Holland, and the amazing Mrs. Knoop.



The Guitar Music Of
The Amazing "Mrs. Knoop"


L'Alhambra Waltz
1847

The Flowers Of Andalusia 1850

Rosignol Polka 1850

Carnival Of Venice 1847

The Adieu (El Adios) 1866

 

 

Madame Delores Nevares de Goñi was one of the most prominent and talented guitarists of her time. Her performances were widely popular throughout the Americas between 1841 and 1892.

Madame De Goni's first husband also was a guitarist, but in 1845 she married George Knoop, a renowned cellist, after Sr. de Goni ..discreetlty left the scene. Most of her guitar compositions were published using only the name "Mrs Knoop".

An 1840 notice in the New York Herald:
"A distinguished female, professor of the Spanish guitar, has just arrived from Europe' Her name is Dona Dolores de Goni, a Spanish lady of exquisite beauty, and still more exquisite accomplishments in Spanish music. During the last spring and summer she gave many exhibitions before the royalty and nobility of England, that brought forth great applause. Despite the lavish claims in the press notice, de Goni was only moderately successful in London."

Download the music of Mrs. Knoop
Scans of the original sheet music in PDF format, prepared for easy printing on standard size paper.

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$3.50 - Paypal or Credit-Card



Composer Arthur Farwell
& The Wa-Wan Press

The Wa-Wan Press was an American music publishing company founded in 1901 by composer Arthur Farwell in Newton Center, Massachusetts. Arthur Farwell (March 23, 1872 – January 20, 1952) was an American composer, conductor, educationalist, lithographer, esoteric savant, and music publisher.
The firm concentrated on publishing compositions by so-called Indianist movement members—composers who incorporated traditional Native American music into their works.

Composer Arthur Farwell
& The Wa-Wan Press



The Music of Amy Beach



Amy Marcy Cheney Beach (September 5, 1867 – December 27, 1944) was an American composer and pianist. She was the first successful American female composer of large-scale art music. As a pianist, she was acclaimed for concerts she gave in the United States and in Germany.

The Music of Amy Beach



The
Hutchinson Family
Singers


America's first
protest singers




Fiddlin' Around
On The Way To A Revolution

In Colonial America, folk music, especially fiddle music and folk dancing was a very popular form of entertainment. In fact, both Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry were fiddlers and as you can see from the references on the page linked below, both were involved with performances at festivals and social events in their younger days.

Fiddlin' Around On The Way To A Revolution

 

Folk Tunes from Early America
3 PDF Collections of music notation prepared for easy printing on standard size paper.

1. Captain George Bush

Born in Wilmington, Delaware, Captain George Bush was an officer in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. As he traveled in the service Bush carried his fiddle and began to enter music, dance figures and song lyrics into a small pocket notebook. He wrote some tunes out by ear, but others he copied from a now lost fife tutor printed in 1776 in Philadelphia which included "Yankee Doodle", the first American printing we know of before 1794.

16 tunes from the notebooks of Captain George Bush

2. William Sidney Mount

William Sidney Mount (1807-1868), was a man of many talents. As well as being a fine artist, he was also a musician, composer and collector of the folk music of early America. And if that is not enough to impress......, he also invented a type of steamboat paddle wheel, a unique two-hulled sailboat, a traveling painting studio on wheels and a hollow back violin, named the "Cradle of Harmony".


15 tunes from the notebooks of William Sidney Mount.

3. Colonial American Folk Music

22 tunes from the time of the American Revolution.


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Spanish American Folk Music

A book published in 1917 containing 95 folk song melodies from across Spanish America, with both Spanish lyrics and English translations.


Scan of the original book, in PDF format prepared for easy printing on standard size paper.

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Price - $3.50

 

An interesting book for
amateur and professional luthiers...

Violins And Other Stringed Instruments
How to Make Them

A 1907 publication with instructions, numerous engravings and drawings, about how to make many stringed instruments. From the table of contents:

Scan of the original book, prepared as a PDF file for easy printing on standard size paper.

 

Materials and Tools for Violin Making
Making Violin Moulds
Violin Making .
Varnishing and Finishing Violins
Double Bass Violin, and a. Violoncello
Japanese One-String Violins
Mandolin Making
Guitar Making
Banjo Making
Dulcimer Making

 

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Price - $3.50

 

 

Large Collection of
compositions and arrangements
by 19th Century American guitarists

3 PDF files with scans of the original sheet music prepared for
easy printing on standard size paper.

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Price - $4.00

 

 

ANTHOLOGY OF AMERICAN SONG

"A Collection of Twenty-five Songs
by
REPRESENTATIVE AMERICAN COMPOSERS
Scored for Piano & Low Voice"

 19th & Early 20th Century Ameican Composers

A PDF file with scans of the original sheet music prepared for
easy printing on standard size paper.

BARTLETT, HOMER N.
Highland Mary. Scotch Song
CADMAN CHARLES WAKEFIELD
A Moonlight Song
CHADWICK, G. W.
In My Beloved's Eyes
COOMBS, C. WHTNEY

Her Rose. A Love-Song
DE KOVEN, REGINALD
Norman Cradle-Song
HADLEY, HENRY
Rose-Time
HARRIS, VICTOR
April _
HAWLEY, C. B.
The Nightingale and the Rose
HOMER, SYDNEY
Requiem
JOHNS, CLAYTON

I Love, and the World is Mine
LA FORGE, FRANK
Like the Rosebud
MACK, ALBERT A.
For Ever and a Day


MACDOWELL, EDWARD
The Clover
NEIDLINGER, W. H.
Serenade. ("The wind is whisp'ring")
NEVIN, ARTHUR
Auf Wiedersch'n
PARKER, HORATIO
Milkmaid's Song
ROGERS, JAMES H.
At Parting
ROGERS, WINTHROP L.
Let Miss Lindy Pass
SALTER, MARY TURNER
The Pine-Tree "
SHELLEY. HARRY ROWE
Love's Sorrow. Ballad
SMITH, WILSON G.
Entreaty. A Love-Song
THAYER, WILLIAM ARMOUR
My Laddie. A Scotch Love-Song
WARE, HARRIET
Joy of the Morning
WHITING, ARTHUR
"Yet ah, that spring should vanish"
WOODMAN, R. HUNTINGTON
Ashes of Roses

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Songs With Guitar
Songs arranged for guitar and voice by various
19th Century American guitarists


A PDF file with scans of the original sheet music prepared for
easy printing on standard size paper.

James Bland - Travelling Back To Alabama
E. Blessner - Annie Lawrie - A Scotch Ballad
Henry Chadwick - Tu Sandunga (What Enchantment)
H. Chadwick - Kitty Neil
H. Chadwick - The Old Pine Tree
W. L. Hayden - Come Back To Erin
Louis Trip - Beautiful Isle
W. M. Dressler - Forgive But Don't Forget
Steven Foster - My Old Kentucky Home - Good Night
G. J. Hubert Sanders - My Native Hills
Francis Weiland - Songs Of Love
Sep. Winner - Spring! Gentle Spring!
Max Zorer - The May Breezes



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8 pieces of music published in 19th Century America arranged for solo voice, chorus and solo guitar.

Interesting music arrangements for small choirs and small churches as well as larger organizations.

Scans of the original sheet music, prepared as a PDF file for easy printing on standard size paper.


Angels Wait Beside The Door
Come Holy Spirit
Cross & Crown
Father Pray With Me
God Bless Our Home
Little Church Around The Corner
Remember You In My Prayers
Talk About Your Moses

 

 

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Songs From The Green Hills of Vermont


A book published in 1919 containing 13 songs, "Tunes collected and piano accompaniments arranged. With historical notes." Tunes were transcribed from folk singers in a small town in the Green Hills of Vermont.

Scan of the original book prepared in PDF format for easy printing on standard size paper.

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Price - $3.50

 

 

 

 

Rince na h'Eireann

A 48 page book, published in 1907, giving simple and clear diagram instructions for Irish dances, and a list of the tunes to use with the dances.



We have scanned and prepared a PDF file of this entire book for easy and high quality printing on standard size paper.

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Price - $3.50

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The Music Of The Ephrata Cloister



The Ephrata Cloister or Ephrata Community was a religious community made up of both men and women members, established in 1732 by Johann Conrad Beissel at Ephrata, in what is now Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Beissel taught music at the Cloister and wrote hundreds of songs and choral works. Many of the other members of the cloister also devoted themselves to poetry and music and art. Their choir became widely known in early America for their ethereal and unique music, created in a musical notation system created by Beisell.



We have prepared PDF files with 3 pieces of music from the Ephrata Cloister transcribed into standard notation and also a PDF file with scans of an original 16 page 19th Century periodical article about the Cloister containing many engravings.

Music of the Ephrata Cloister



19th Century American Periodical Articles
About Caricature, Posters and
Master Engravers

Scans of the complete articles, including many high quality contemporary engravings. PDFs are all prepared for easy printing on standard size paper.

 

PDF 1
Contemporary American Caricature

PDF 2
Early Political Caricature in America

PDF 3
American Posters, Past and Present

 

 

 

 

 

PDFs 4 & 5
American Engravers - 1
American Engravers - 2

PDF files contain scanned images of some of the best engravers in the 19th Century American periodicals.



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Price - $4.00

 

 

Some Of The Dumbest & Strangest Music Ever Published

In 19th Century & early 20th Century America, literally many thousands of pieces of music were composed and published. Some of this music was was odd, some funny and some probably rates as the dumbest or strangest music ever published.

Dumbest & Strangest Music Ever Published


 

Samuel Swain Stewart

Samuel Swain (SS) Stewart was born in Philadelphia in 1855. He kept a music store in Church Street and was both an instrument maker and music publisher.

S.S. Stewart’s Banjo & Guitar Journal began publication in 1882. The Journal covered items of interest to music lovers, including: concert dates, concert reviews, sheet music and instruction, articles, photos, and a large number of advertisements.

We have scanned the original sheet music for the banjo and guitar from many of the Journals and prepared this 136 page collection. It contains a variety of pieces in many styles (jigs, reels, clogs, waltzes, polkas, songs, and more.....for both solo banjo and guitar.

The collection is prepared as a PDF file in an easy to print format for standard size paper.
(Note: The sheet music scans were made from the original publications so do vary a bit in quality due to the fading of some old paper, but all are readable and printable and most are excellent quality.)
(Yet another note: Some of the sol0 banjo pieces can very easily be arranged and performed on a variety on instruments such as fiddle, etc.)

Music from S. S. Stewart's
Banjo & Guitar Journal


Price - $4.00
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Apple Cider Music & Poetry

MP3 collection of music related to cider and apples along with 2 PDF files of 19th Century American periodical articles, a poetry collection
and sheet music
related to apples.

Apple Cider Music & Poetry

Music composed by Nobody

In 19th Century America, a fact that is not widely known is that thousands of pieces of sheet music were published. Music on every conceivable subject from the hippopotamus to free-love was published.
Strangely enough, one of the very popular things to do was to publish sheet music using fake, often comic names.
We have gathered together a few of these pieces of music and created a PDF book out of them.

Music by Nobody



2 PDF collections of scans of articles about Ireland from original 19th Century American periodicals, with many high quality engravings. Prepared for easy printing on standard size paper.

 


PDF 1
Woman In Early Ireland
Fairies And Druids Of Ireland
The Old Poetic Guild Of Ireland
Poets And Poetry Of Ireland

 


PDF 2
Early Heroes Of Ireland
Irish Kings And Brehons
Pagan Ireland





Price - $4.00

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Political Songs
in 19th Century America

Politics in America has always been lively since day one. In the 19th Century, when printing was growing in America it involved a lot of singing, a lot of song writing and sheet music. It also involved some great satire, humor and classic protest songs.
We have collected a few of these pieces of political music.

Political Songs



19th Century American
Periodical Articles About Music

Scans of the complete articles, including music notation examples and interesting engravings. PDFs are all prepared for easy printing on standard size paper.

 

PDF 1
Songs And Ballads Of The Revolution
On The Track Of The Arkansas Traveler

 

 

PDF 2
Negro Spirituals
Creole Slave Songs

PDF 3
The Dance In Place Congo
Origin Of The John Brown Song

 


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Sousa For The Guitar

What may be the earliest guitar transcriptions of 8 John Philip Sousa marches. Scans of the original sheet music prepared for easy printing, in a PDF file.
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International Music
in 19th Century American Periodicals

Scans of the complete articles, including music notation examples. PDFs are all prepared for easy printing on standard size paper.

PDF-1
Chinese Music
Traditional Music of the Spanish Pyrenees
Traditional Music of the French Pyrenees
Holy Week in Seville

PDF-2
Some Japanese Melodies
Ballads and Ballad Music Illustrating Shakespeare
Folk Songs

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Price - $4.00

 

 


Native American Music A collection of 19th Century American periodical articles about Native American songs and music, including music notation of many songs and chants. Scans of the articles prepared for easy printing, in a PDF file.
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Unusual Music Patents

A large collection of some very unique and unusual music inventions & patents (with construction details) from early America. Scans of the original patents prepared for easy printing, in a PDF file.
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Price -$5.00

 


American Irish Songs - A collection of 15 sheet music songs for guitar and voice published in 19th Century America with Irish themes. Scans of the original sheet music prepared for easy printing, in a PDF file.
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Price - $6.00

 


Activist Songs
- A collection of 4 books of songs on themes of labor, fellowship, peace and socialism including the collections:
Peace Songs
Labor Reform Songster
Socialist Songs With Music
Songs Of The Fellowship

Scans of the articles prepared for easy printing, in a PDF file. After your credit card or Paypal payment of $7.00 is processed, you will quickly be sent a download link.


Price - $7.00

 

The Music Of 19th Century
American Women Composers

 

Download the sheet
music of many of the talented
Women composers of 19th Century America

 



Sheet Music Published In
19th Century Texas

In 19th Century Texas, composers and music publishers were busy publishing all kinds of music, instrumental, choral, songs, you name it.


Music Published In
19th Century Texas


More interesting
historic Texas stuff



 

 

19th Century Periodical Articles About Texas

Scans of historic articles about Texas in PDF format with excellent engravings of Texas images.

 



PDF 1 -

Glimpses of Texas 1
PDF 2 -
Glimpses of Texas2
PDF 3
Through Texas
PDF 4 -
The Presidents of Texas
A Stray Yankee in Texas
PDF 5 -
The New South - The City of Fort Worth
The Last Years of Sam Houston
PDF 6 -
San Antonio De Bexar
A Tale Of Texas Life
PDF 7
Texas (by ex-Senator Samuel Bell Maxey)


You can purchase and download the entire Texas article collection for $5.00 below. After your Paypal or Credit/Debit card payment is processed, you will quickly be emailed the download link for all 7 PDF files.

Price - $5.00




More interesting historic Texas stuff



 


The Halloween Recordings


For over two decades now, every year on Halloween I have prepared unusual, mysterious and often spooky audio recordings.
All of these recordings are created using natural sounds, (flowing stream, earthquake, beehive, northern lights and many more) transcribed into music using specially designed software.
What the software does, is take any natural sound such a that of a running stream, examine it's tonal and rhythm structure and change it into musical notes that represents that structure. Then those musical notes, sometimes quite complex, are loaded into software that generates sound using digital technology. In the case of the above mentioned recording of a running stream, you then have the music of water.

The Halloween Recordings

 

Masonic Music In 19th Century America

In 19th Century America, the Freemasons were busy publishing all kinds of music related to their organization, instrumental, choral, songs, you name it.

19th Century American Masonic Music


 

The Francis Hopkinson
Songbook


Francis Hopkinson, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence was also one of the earliest composers in America.

We now offer the notation for 7 Francis Hopkinson songs, and we have also arranged 6 of his songs for solo guitar and flute as MP3 files.

Songs Of Francis Hopkinson




Fiddlin' Around
On The Way To A Revolution

Folk Music In Colonial America

An MP3 collection of Colonial and Revolution period tunes popular in America, arranged for fiddle with guitar accompaniment. Did you know that Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry were both known and well traveled fiddlers in their younger days in Virginia.....? Read about it on this page.

 

The Music Of Colonial American
composer William Billings


History, sheet music and MP3 music arrangements of the music of the composer who was associated with John and Samuel Adams, wrote what became the original national anthem, and was a direct participant in the American Revolution.... William Billings.

 

 

Early & Unique
American Sheet Music

A collection of unique sheet music on American themes, including a song by Francis Hopkinson, signer of the Declaration Of Independence, early songs dedicated to John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, a choral chant of the entire Declaration of Independence, lively piano compositions on American themes, a complete "periodical" article with music of Revolution era tunes and more...........

 

 

The Earth Only Endures
MP3 collections of
Native American Songs & Chants

 

Chili
The colorful history of the

The State Food of Texas

 

Staring in the face of near certain death, Davy Crockett and John McGregor, armed with their fiddle and bagpipes had one of history's wildest jam sessions. Susanna Dickinson, wife of one of the Alamo defenders and one of the few survivors from inside the Alamo, described this incredible scene of jammin' at the Alamo. .

 

100 Reels, Jigs, Hornpipes & Country Dances
for solo instrument

100 popular solos

 

The Music Of
Blind Tom

19th Century American "savant" genius pianist. You can download the original sheet music of compositions by the amazing Blind Tom.

 



Beer & Ale Sheet Music

Sheet music related to ale & beer

 

The Music Of 19th Century
African-American Composers

 

Download the piano solo sheet
music of some of the early
African-American composers

 

 

Music Of Protest & Social Justice
In 19th Century America

We have collected many pieces of sheet music related to issues of poverty, labor, Native American rights and more, published in America in the 1800s.

2 American Animal Classics......

Scans of the original 19th Century sheet music prepared as PDFs in an easy to print standard size format.

 

The Grasshopper -
A Tragic Cantata

13 pages
For singing voice, recitation & piano

 

 

The Animal Quartet
14 pages
For Cat, Chicken,
Dog & Hog
(2 tenor, 2 bass voices)
and piano


 

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2 American Animal Classics -$4.00

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For Dog Lovers.....

Scans of many original 19th Century American articles about dogs of all kinds. With some great art and engravings. Prepared as PDF files in an an easy to print standard size format.

Typical Dogs 1

Typical Dogs 2

Toy Dogs


 

Dogs Described And Illustrated

The Coon Dog

 

 

Sporting Dogs

To A Dog's Memory - poem

 

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Price -$5.00

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Unusual Magic Patents

A large collection of patents for magic, illusion, trick devices etc. (with construction details) from early America. Scans of the original patents prepared for easy printing, in a PDF file.
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Price - $5.00




The Early American X-Files

 

 

 

Santa Claus
A Christmas Cantata

A 48 page composition published in 1879 and conceived as a simple yet color way for singing and musical people of all ages to celebrate Christmas.

 



A musical memorial for Canadian First Nations
activist, songwriter and filmmaker Willie Dunn.


 

MP3 arrangements of music of two early American composers, Timothy Swan & Justin Morgan.

 


Finally.... we have an early American tune with a history to play as we work to replace the rogues from both political parties at all levels of government and vote them out.........

The Rogue's March






Geronimo's Medicine Song

In the words of Geronimo -
"The song that I will sing is an old song, so old that none knows who made it. It has been handed down through generations and was taught to me when I was but a little lad. It is now my own song. It belongs to me. This is a holy song (medicine-song), and great is its power. The song tells how, as I sing, I go through the air to a holy place where Yusun (The Supreme Being) will give me power to do wonderful things. I am surrounded by little clouds, and as I go through the air I change, becoming spirit only."


Geronimo's Medicine Song

 

Hannah's Song
The art & music of Hannah Cohoon

Hannah Cohoon is the most famous of the many artists from the mystical Shaker communities in 19th Century America. What is not widely known is that she also composed interesting songs .
Hannah's Song

 

Music Magic


Projects using music & sound from a 19th Century book about magic.

Music Magic

 



Meet the CEO of Amaranth Publishing
and The Creator!

And learn who you should contact if you know of a
Golden Retriever that needs to be rescued or needs assistance.

 

 

The Music And Art Of William Sidney Mount

William Sidney Mount (1807-1868), was a man of many talents. As well as being a fine artist, he was also a musician, composer and collector of the folk music of early America. And if that is not enough to impress......, he also invented a type of steamboat paddle wheel, a unique two-hulled sailboat, a traveling painting studio on wheels and a hollow back violin, named the "Cradle of Harmony".

 

Whitewashing the
Yellow Rose Of Texas


Over time, the famous song Yellow Rose Of Texas went through periods where the lyrics were changed, some might say "whitewashed". The history of, and legend of, The Yellow Rose Of Texas is a fascinating story in and of itself, and, is an interesting example of the changes a piece of music can pass through over time, due to different cultural conditions.

 

 

 

"The Grampy Tales and Stories"

 

 

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"What you have told us is all very good. It is indeed bad to eat apples. It is better to make them all into cider."
- Benjamin Franklin
(In- Remarks Concerning The Savages Of North America, reporting a
Native American's response to the story of Adam & Eve.)

 

Explore - The Amaranth Publishing web pages including the music of the spheres, the music of a Renaissance alchemist, music created by software and artificial intelligence, the music of the fairies, the music of the Illuminati, the world's most mysterious book, the world's oldest song, a way you can compose music like Mozart, the world's oldest love song,
and much more
........

 


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