Soon after the Exhibition of 1851, an instrument became known in England as the German concertina . Septimus Winner (1827-1902) was author and/or publisher of at least two hundred instruction books for more than twenty instruments.His many songs included “Listen to the Mockingbird” (under the pseudonym Alice Hawthorne) and “Der Deitcher’s Dog” (known today as “Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone”).His brother, Joseph Eastburn Winner, composed “The Little Brown Jug.” See Before emigrating from Germany in 1864, Zimmermann founded a free-reed manufacturing business (Carlsfeld, c.1848) that became the foundation for the bandoneon industry.Two of his tune collections— In 1850, Howe sold his music catalogue to the Oliver Ditson Company in a deal that precluded Howe from publishing music for ten years. Peters (in 1877)—and was a founding partner of John Church & Co.; see William A. The reference to “Charles Sheard & Co., Music Publishers and Printers, 192 Hilborn” on the cover provides clues for dating. There are some performers who appear to think that it is impossible to play without tossing the instrument round and round as if they were a windmill and their arms the sails . I have found only two concertinists in nineteenth-century American minstrelsy—virtuoso James Sharpley (1845-1902) and William F. This instructor will be sent, (Post paid), to any part of the United Kingdom, upon receipt of 12 Postage Stamps.” A photograph of Percy Honri and the caption “The Greatest Concertina Player of the Age” appears on the cover.Howe skirted the agreement by publishing many books of dance instruction during the 1850s. Ditson purchased the entire firms or music catalogues of rival publishers for concertina—Firth, Pond, & Co. Fisher, Jewell was granted the first British patent for the Anglo-chromatic concertina. Though the firm of Sheard was located at the Hilborn address from 1851 to 1900, its name became Charles Sheard & Co. Hoey, a black-face comedian/concertinist who first appeared on the minstrel stage in 1873; see Edward Le Roy Rice, Promotion of the tutor was based on both utility and price; as the cover states, “Persons totally unacquainted with Music can play the figured [i.e., tablatured] Melodies without the slightest aid of a master . The photograph, which appears to be from a set taken in New York in 1899, is reproduced in 2 (Spring 1982): 23.He gained fame (or notoriety) in 1862, when he was arrested on a charge of treason for publishing “Give Us Back Our Old Commander: Little Mac, the People’s Pride,” written in response to General George Mc Clellan being relieved of his Union Army command.He was released from jail after agreeing to destroy all remaining copies, but the song survived as a Mc Clellan campaign song in the 1864 election.
The first CD (Volume 1) contains both slow and fast versions of the first 44 reels and jigs in the book.
The second CD (Volume 2) contains both slow and fast versions of the other jigs, as well as medium-pace versions of the remaining tunes in the book.
(Revised entry and annotation, December 2003.) Kirkpatrick (b.
Cameron’s Selection of Concertina Music: Containing Complete Instructions and Scales, and a Variety of Popular Airs, Marked and Figured for the Ten, Twenty, Twenty- Two, and Twenty-Eight Keyed German Concertina. will be found very superior in tone to those generally sold; having screwed notes, metallic action, ivory keys, improved regulating straps, and in addition extra notes which enable the performer to modulate into more keys than the German Concertina” (p. The tutor contains illustrations of the layouts of keys for concertinas with 10, 20, 22, and 28 keys. Frank Butler, “Concertinas in the Commercial Road: The Story of George Jones”, 20 (Summer 1989): 5-14, on the web at
Chidley (1825-1894) started as a concertina assembler at Wheatstone & Co. The layout of Chidley’s 28-key concertina had two 5-key rows and one 4-key row on each side. further than to explain the great improvements in . His concertina students included the famous comic/concertina duo of the Brothers Webb (Arthur and Joe); see Frank Butler, “The Webb Brothers”, A full-fledged “self-instruction course” for beginning and advanced Anglo concertina players, it contains instructions for playing melody and accompaniment for folk, Morris-dance, Irish, and other styles of music.