The Music of Harrison Millard
Composer: Harrison Millard
Lyricist: Thomas Moore
Published by: D. G. Russell & Co., 126 Tremont St., Boston
Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1873 by Harrison Millard, in the office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington
Handwritten at the bottom of the page is the date, April 6, 1873
The title of this editon is: Harrison Millard's Latest Songs. Featured on the cover is a picture of Harrison Millard with photograph by Gurney & Son, New York, engraved by W. F. Walker of Boston
Beneath the picture is a listing of Millard's songs including:
WEEPING (the featured song)
WHEN THE TIDE COMES IN (in D)
WHEN THE TIDE COMES IN (in E)
Publisher G. D. Russell was the former chief clerk of publisher George Reed. He was a partner with wealthy Boston concert pianist Nathan Richardson with whom he went to Europe. Russell vowed to purge the nation of pop "trash.
Lyricist Thomas Moore was a celebrated Irish Poet, distinguised for true genius, easy versification and charming fancy. He was born in 1799 and died in 1852. He was a friend of George Gordon, Lord Byron. Moore's poem, Lalla Rookh, was his most elaborate and profitable work. Irish melodies and Thomas Moore's poetry in particular were the most popular songs in America in the second and third decades of the nineteenth century.
Music in the 1800s in America was dismal according to a visitor to Philadelphia: "The summit of musical entertainment seldom reached higher than the accompanying of a song so as to set off a tolerable voice and/or a weak one, and the attracting of a circle of beaux around a young lady while she exhibits the nimbleness of fingers in the execution of a "darling" waltz or touches the hearts of fond youths with a plaintive melody accompanied with false notes." That sort of thing is apparently what Russell was trying to amend by his selection of European material to be published and Millard was trying to correct through his classical teaching methods.
WHISPER GOOD NIGHT LOVE or THE WARRIOR'S SERENADE
Composer: Harrison Millard
(Although he is only identified on the cover page as "the author of KISS ME GOODBYE and VIVA L'AMERICA)
John Church. Jr., 66 West 4th St., Cincinnati
Firth, Pond & Co., New York
O. Ditson & Co., Boston
Lee & Walker, Philadelphia
Entered According to Act of Congress AD 1863 by John Church Jr. in the clerk's office of the Southern District of Ohio.
This sentimental offering my Harrison Millard seeks to join the elements of undying love and the departing soldier. It is all tied together by an introductory note by publisher John Church, who obviously thought some sort of introduction was necessary to sell this lackluster effort.
"This beautiful song was written the day before the battle of Murfreesboro where the Author so highly distinguished himself as Aide de Camp to Gen. Rousseau."