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Parlor Songs in the Llewellyn Collection of Vermont History

In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the sheet music to thousands of popular songs was marketed to American consumers to be played at home on their pianos and parlor organs. Such parlor music, which included sentimental ballads, romantic waltzes, and rousing marches, was a widespread amateur pastime from the 1850s to the 1930s and later. The Llewellyn Collection of Vermont History contains more than one hundred scores of popular sheet music celebrating the Vermont landscape, commemorating important events in the state’s history, and written by Vermont composers – including the songs featured here. Judging by their tattered and stained pages, these scores were frequently played and enjoyed.