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Title: "What are the Wild Waves Saying"

Accession Number: 2004.26.7
Category: MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS & SHEET MUSIC
Type: sheet music
Maker: Carpenter, Joseph Edwards; Glover, Stephen Ralph; Robert Cocks & Co.
Place: England, London
Date:
Materials: paper
Description: Sheet music, "What are the Wild Waves Saying", duet "founded on an incident in the narrative/ OF/ DOMBEY AND SON,/ written/ and respectfully inscribed to/ Charles Dickens Esq."; words by Joseph Edward Carpenter; composed by Stephen Glover; published London by Robert Cocks & Co.; handwritten in ink upper right "C Edwards/ January 185[2]/ Liverpool"; cover in various scrolls and typefaces; embossed upper left "R. COCKS & CO./ 12 11 30/ 6 NEW BURLINGTON ST."; 6 pages. Notes by Stuart M. Frank: "Dickens's novel 'Dombey and Son' was serialized in 1847-48. The ink holograph indicates that the sheet music is certainly from 1852 or earlier. (To confirm the date, which is partially trimmed on the sheet, compare with the holograph on Miss Catharine Edwards's specimens of "The Sailor Sighs as Sinks His Native Shore" [2004.26.6] and especially "With Moonlight Beaming." [2004.26.8]) A later American edition of 'What are the Wild Waves Saying' already in MSM (Boston: Oliver Ditson & Co., circa 1860-62; donated 2002 [2002.24.14]) is inscribed in greater detail as a 'Duett between Paul and Florence in Dombey and Son,' but there the lyrics are unascribed. 'The Gift from o'er the Sea' (donated 2000 [2000.71.2]) is also by J.E. Carpenter (lyrics) and Stephen Glover (music)."

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