L'oiseau de paradis, Op.29 (Smith, Sydney)

Sheet Music


PDF scanned by Smith Archive
Schissel (2011/4/8)

Publisher. Info. Mainz: Schott, n.d.(1863?).
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General Information

Work Title L'oiseau de paradis, Op.29
Alternative. Title Morceau de salon
Composer Smith, Sydney
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.29
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. ISS 104
Key C major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1
First Publication. 1863 ; arranged for piano 4 hands 1866?
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation Piano

Misc. Comments

Possibly either New York: S.T. Gordon or Cleveland: Brainard & Sons, two publishers who have 9-page early copies of this score. this scan lacks a front page that would clarify matters (I believe the Smith Archive gets many of their scans from the British Library, not their own collection, so that querying the Smith Archive might but probably would not clarify this matter. Worth a try...
... note: someone good at comparing e.g. Brainard and Schott standard style of mid-19th-century prints might want to check, since this work was also printed by Schott in 1864, and BSB has that Schott copy, though not, I think, scanned in?... need to check... hrm... anyhow, now I look at it, these isolated pages 2 to 9 do look a little, erm, Schott-isch :) but someone who knows better than I should take a look.- Schissel

I think it is highly unlikely that this is an American issue. The engraving is French in style, which is consistent with Schott in the period under consideration. (Schott's engraving had a French appearance until the late 1880s-1890s). US publishers' tended to produce output that looks closer to that of their English counterparts earlier in the 19th century, with a German influence gaining ground steadily so that by 1891 (the date Schirmer opened their engraving and printing plant in NYC), the general style was largely Germanic in appearance (a few smaller firms in the South had some lingering English influence, plus H.W. Gray - Novello's US agent - who had their engraving done in England). Carolus 02:39, 9 April 2011 (UTC)