I came across this music on IMSLP and though how quaint, Mrs Crosby Adams but then discovered what important people in music education she and her husband were. Her modern name is of course Juliette Graves Adams and her husband Crosby. They have a lasting legacy at Montreat College, North Carolina.
Born; 25 Mar 1858 Niagara County, New York.
Died; 09 Nov 1951 (aged 93) Montreat, Buncombe County, North Carolina.
Crosby died 27 Feb 1951 (aged 93).
You may have learnt the piano from her teaching books which include these pieces from 1896. I was drawn to them as each one talks of achieving musical understanding and pleasure from the melody and the harmony. Please look at the music and the inscriptions on each piece. I have just selected I hope appropriate registrations and added some pedal notes.
In 1892 the Adams established the “Crosby Adams School” in Chicago, which was the first school in America to include teacher-training in Public School Music.
In Chicago, Mrs. Adams became friends with the famous American composer, Amy Cheney Beach and also corresponded with noted composer Edward A. MacDowell and published articles on the musical life and contributions of Mr. MacDowell.
In 1913, the Adams relocated from Chicago to Montreat and played an active role in the musical life of the Montreat Normal School for Girls and Montreat-Anderson College (later renamed to Montreat College).
The five sections are;
Singing and Swinging (Oboe 8ft)
In the Rocking Chair (Vox Humana 8ft and octave)
Dance of the Marionettes (Bass Clarinet 16ft)
Lullaby (Viole de Gambe 8ft)
What the Bells Say.
As we all love Preludes and Fugues here's one by Amy Beach;