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Trip To Pawtucket

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Uploaded by: Alex19807 (01/16/17)
Composer: Shaw, Oliver
Sample Producer: Prospectum
Sample Set: Magnuskerk Anloo
Software: Hauptwerk
Genre: Classicism
Time to go to Pawtucket!

I first came across this little tune in an album by E. Power Biggs called 'Stars and Stripes Forever - Two Centuries of Heroic Music in America'. The album notes describe the piece:

'Far from wars and rumors of wars, here is the merry jingle of the stagecoach from Boston to Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Oliver Shaw was a popular writer of pieces for the parlor pianists proliferating in the 1800s. The music is recorded on the Brattle Organ of 1708'.

Oliver Shaw (March 13, 1779 – December 31, 1848), was one of the first American composers. Shaw was born in Newport, Rhode Island. A childhood accident and later yellow fever caused him to go totally blind. He studied with organist John Berkenhead and later with Gottlieb Graupner. After studies, he started his musical career in Boston and in Providence where he remained an important musical figure until his death.

One of his students was Lowell Mason. In 1810, Shaw together with his friends founded Psallonian Society "for the purpose of improving themselves in the knowledge and practice of sacred music and inculcating a more correct taste in the choice and performance of it," based in Providence.

His publications include five volumes of his own music and contributions to others. Many compositions, he wrote, were based on poems by Thomas Moore.

He died at Providence, Rhode Island. (from Wikipedia)

0:00 Borstp. Gedackt 8'
0:20 Borstp. Gedackt 8' + Manuael Octav 4'
0:43 Borstp. Gedackt 8'

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A picture of the Brattle organ is attached.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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