American Guitar Music from 19th Century America


The American Guitar Collection


Compositions, arrangements, instruction books and collections for guitar published in 19th Century America.
In 19th Century America, guitarists
and publishers were all very busy, much more than is commonly known, producing sheet music of all kinds for guitar... from jigs and reels, popular songs, to more serious classical compositions and arrangements.
The sheet music offered on this page is scans of the original sheet music, prepared as PDF files for standard paper size in an easy to print black and white format.

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Guitar Music Of Justin Holland

was one of the first American classical guitarists, and he was a 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. We also now offer Holland's method for the guitar.

Justin Holland web page




Instruction Books
For those who of you who would like to learn to read guitar music notation, or for any who might want to increase their skill, we offer the following 4 publications.

Companion For The Guitar - 1855
by Robert Kelley

From the Preface:
"The object of this work is to offer the principles of the art of playing the Guitar in the least possible space."
"Instead of dry exercises, which I think detrimental to the study of all beginners, I have, after the preliminary exercises, included pleasing Airs of every description of style, with the various characters of expression, glides, harmonics etc., as they occur in illustration. In this manner I have taught my own pupils, and by a gradual and almost imperceptible progression, from the beginning to the end, have generally, within a short time, found my efforts rewarded with complete success. My aim has been to make it instructive and companionable"
"Many have been deterred from learning this beautiful instrument, from the erroneous idea that it is difficult. This work is intended in undeceive those who may entertain such an opinion."

Guitar Without A Master - (26 page instruction book) - by "A German Student" - 1873
Method For Spanish Guitar (24 pages) - Francis Weiland - 1855(?)
The Guitar At Sight - Author unknown - 1833

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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.


1. Manhatten Beach March
2. The Bride Elect
3. The Charlatan
4. The Diplomat
5. Hail to the Spirit of Liberty March
6. The Liberty Bell March
7. A Typical Tune of Zanzibar (from the opera "El Capitain")
8. King Cotton March



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Guitar Music of William Foden

William Foden (23 March 1860 – 9 April 1947) was an American composer, musician, and teacher. Foden is considered America's premiere classical guitarist during the 1890s and the first decades of the twentieth century.
We have collected the original sheet music of William Foden and prepared a PDF collection....

Music of American Guitarist
William Foden




The Guitar Music of
Charles De Janon (1834-1911)

Romero was born in San Luis Obispo, California in 1854 and died in Boston, November 19, 1893.
His parents emigrated from Spain.
While quite young he had learned and played the guitar. He eventually he moved to Los Angeles and continued his studies with Miguel S. Arrevalo.

Later he moved to San Jose, California, performed and taught guitar and while living there began to publish numerous works.
He then moved to Boston and continued his teaching practice while establishing his performance career which led to publishing many of his original and arranged works for guitar.

Web page about the
music of Charles De Janon

 

The Music of American Guitarist Luis T. Romero

Romero was born in San Luis Obispo, California in 1854 and died in Boston, November 19, 1893.
His parents emigrated from Spain.
While quite young he had learned and played the guitar. He eventually he moved to Los Angeles and continued his studies with Miguel S. Arrevalo.
Later he moved to San Jose, California, performed and taught guitar and while living there began to publish numerous works.
He then moved to Boston and continued his teaching practice while establishing his performance career which led to publishing many of his original and arranged works for guitar.

Luis T. Romero web page

 


The Guitar Music Of J. C. Smith

J. C. Smith was a talented guitarist and composer who composed and published many works for guitar in Youngstown, Ohio in the last part of the 19th Century. Many of his publications have elaborate and skillfully done artwork, apparently created by J. C. Smith, and many of these engravings are included with the following sheet music.

This sheet music collection is original scans of the music of J.C. Smith, prepared as PDF files for easy black and white printing on standard size paper.

The American Guitarist - Sweet Home Variations (9 variations)
J. C. Smith - 1885

American Fantasia (Fantasia with variations)
J. C. Smith - 1884

Au Revoir Polka
J. C. Smith - 1884

Dance Of The Fairies
J. C. Smith - 1883

Greenville Variations
J. C. Smith - 1884

Lightning Polka
J. C. Smith - 1883

Sappho's Reverie
J. C. Smith - 1884

Pavanne Of The Midnight Stars (duet and trio for guitars)
J. C. Smith - 1884

Diana's Fantasia (for two guitars)
J. C. Smith - 1884

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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."

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Fun & Interesting Guitar Music
Published in 19th Century America



As well as serious classical styles, In 19th Century America, all kinds of unusual, sometimes simple, light and often happy guitar music was published and the following are examples of such humorous, interesting and unique music. Often, pieces that could be played on banjo and easily adapted for guitar were published and we have included a few such pieces.
The music is scans of the original sheet music, prepared as a PDF in an easy to print format.

Nine Famous Hornpipes
The Alamo Rag
Sightly on the Mash
Barnyard Mazurka
Dream Life Polka
Love is a Flower
Galopade #1
Galopade #2
Aurora Borealis Polka
Autumn Waltz
La Danze De La Arana
Racoon Patrol
Moonlight Waltz
Shells of Ocean Waltz
The Cachucha
'Dars A Wrinkle In De Banjo
Harmonic Polka
Jig, Banjo Style
Langtry Polka
Kershaw Waltz
Lonti Polka
Shenipsit Galop
Red Rose Rag
The Wandering Minstrel
Pansy & Violets

Barbiere's Quickstep
Rainbow Schottisch
Royal Flush - A Rag
Le Souviner
Stephanie Gavotte
That Tired Rag
All Night Reel
Stop Jig
Barbe Bleue Polka

 

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Guitar Duets



This collection contains scans of the original sheet music of various guitar duets, on trio, one duet for guitar and violin (or flute) and one duet for guitar and flute. The collection is prepared in PDF format for standard size paper in an easy to print black and white format. The various pieces range from rather easy to play to more complex. They also range from fun, such as Hayden's "Frolic at the Husking" and Weidt's "Barn Dance", to a bit more serious.

Various pieces for 2 guitars....
Woodland Dreams - A. J. Weidt
Faded Flowers Mazurka - Charles J. Dorn
On The "Charles" Barcarolle -
Charles J. Dorn
Tea Blossoms Waltz - R. E. Hildreth
Sleepy Eyes Lullaby - A. J. Weidt
Echoes from the South Barn Dance -
A. J. Weidt
Sweet Pretty Waltz - Walter Jacobs
Juana - "Valse Espanole" - A. J. Weidt
20 Choice Guitar Duets - W. L. Hayden
Pavan of the Midnight Stars for 2 (or 3) Guitars - J. C. Smith


2 Pieces for solo guitar and other instruments...

Pastoral for Guitar and Flute -
Philip Ernst

The Frolic at the Husking-
Guitar and violin or flute -
W. L. Hayden


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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


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Charles Converse

(October 7, 1832 – October 18, 1918) was an American attorney who also worked as a composer and arranger of various music, including many pieces and collections for guitar.

Golden Plume - Harmonic Polka - The Old Fifer - Songs Of The Pyrenees 1 - Songs Of The Pyrenees 2 - Four Seasons - Serenade Quickstep - Spanish Galopade - Arrangements from the music of Donizetti


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

3 PDF files with scans of the original sheet music prepared for
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American Irish Songs


A collection of 15 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.

Come Back To Erin
Kate Conner
Erin Weeps Forsaken
Ever Be Happy!
Katy Darling's Farewell To Dermot
The Fairy Boy
Erin Is My Home
Souvenir D' Ireland (guitar solo march)
Katy Darling
The Kerry Dance
Killarney
Kity Neil
Patrick's Day Parade
Rose of Tralee
Woods of Green Erin



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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
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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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C. J. Dorn

Charles James Dorn, born in Boston, October 29, 1839, died there about 1910. He had traelled with his parents to their native land when he was fourteen years of age, and in Carlsbad he received lessons on the guitar from his uncle James, the court musician. So so proficient did he become on the guitar that in a short time he appeared in public as a soloist, and upon his return to America was regarded as one of the finest performers in the United States. He also became a respected composer, arranger and guitar teacher.

Moonlight Reverie - Moorish Dance - On The River - Norwegian Melody - Rustling Leaves

 


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Walter Jacobs
(All we know about Walter Jacobs is that he appears to have been a music publisher, guitarist and composer in Boson. Any futher information would be greatly appreciated.)

 

Chansonette - In The Gloaming Morning Song - La Paloma

 

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Not sheet music but...
An interesting book for
amateur and professional luthiers...

Violins And Other Stringed
Instruments (including guitars)
And How to Make Them

A 1907 publication with instructions, numerous engravings and drawings, about how to make many stringed instruments, including guitars.

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

From the table of contents:

 

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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