Kentucky Derby Day Vintage Sheet Music - You can't have a Kentucky Derby party without this wonderful "My Old Kentucky Home" sheet music cover by famed cover artists William Austin Starmer and/or Frederick Waite Starmer framed and on your wall!!
Large format vintage "Beaux Arts Edition" instrumental version sheet music for the Stephen A. Foster classic minstrel song "My Old Kentucky Home" – the traditional anthem of the Kentucky Derby played before "The Run for the Roses" horse race held annually each May in Louisville KY – AND Kentucky's official State Song.
This is the instrumental version with variations by Louis A. Drumheller, an early 20th Century composer of a numerous songs including , "Listen to the Mocking Bird", "The Sweet Bye and Bye" and "Love and Devotion". Sheet music is copyright 1907 by Jos. Morris. Published by Eclipse Publishing Company, Philadelphia, PA.
My Old Kentucky Home" is a minstrel song by Stephen Foster, probably composed in 1852, first published in January 1853 by Firth, Pond, & Co. of New York, and introduced by Christy's Minstrels the same year. It is believe that Foster's inspiration came from Harriett Beecher Stowe's 1851 bestseller Uncle Tom's Cabin , and has been described as "one of Foster's most appealing nostalgia pieces." The lyric version of the song described an everyday scene on a slave plantation.
"My Old Kentucky Home" has been the official state song of Kentucky since 1928, and is the official song of the Kentucky Derby, and has been played to accompany the Post Parade since at least 1930. It has also been played in many films including The Little Colonel; Gone With the Wind; The Story of Seabiscuit; The Human Comedy; and the Bugs Bunny cartoon Southern Fried Rabbit.
Cover art signed "Starmer", the signature used by both brothers William Austin Starmer and Frederick Waite Starmer - sheet music cover artists born in Great Britain, who immigrated to America - William in 1898, and Frederick two years later. Their consistently high-quality work appears on countless covers dating from the early 1900s to the 1940s. The Starmer brothers are reported to have created the cover art for nearly a quarter of all large format covers from the late 1890s to around 1919.
The five inside pages have the complete music for playing on the piano. The inside front and back cover have "teasers" (a few bars of several bars of music and lyrics) for other songs available from the publisher.
The dimensions are 13-1/2" high by 10-1/2" wide.
PHOTO NOTES: THE 1ST SCANNED PHOTO IS AN ACCURATE REPRESENTATION OF THE CENTRAL COVER IMAGE QUALITY. THE REMAINING PHOTOS SHOW OVERALL CONDITION. The sheet music paper inside is actually very light tan in color. Some of the photos distort the clarity of the images and sometimes the intensity of the colors. The muted "grainy" look is a distortion, as is the darker cast to the paper, which looks much less brown in person than it appears in the photos.
CONDITION NOTE: LOOK CAREFULLY AT THE ATTACHED PHOTOS. The music is complete, and in excellent condition for its age. The cover is an exceptionally clean image, perfect for framing. There may be occasional tiny reinforced edge tears, slight surface crease, wear on the edges, and light corner creases. The front and back cover page hinge has been professionally reinforced (separated covers are almost a given with old sheet music). The inside and back pages are very clean with very little age discoloration. ALL SIGNIFICANT DEFECTS ARE VISIBLE IN THE PHOTOS.
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