In the early 1900s sheet music reached its peak selling millions of popular music scores. During that time it was fashionable for families to gather around the piano with tunes of the times. The sheet music industry was flourishing. Offered here are two pieces from that period. “Naughty Marietta” opened in New York on Broadway in 1910 and the film version was released in 1935. “Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life” written by Victor Herbert (1859-1924) was the top song from the musical. Complete and in good condition, the sheet shown here bears a 1910 copyright and was published by M. Witmark & Sons in New York. This style of type and lots of fancy artwork was a sign of the times in publishing.
“Bagatelles” (for the pianoforte) is one of ten pieces by Frank Lynes (1858-1913). The piece shown here is number 3 of 10 and titled “The Hunter’s Song.” A bagatelle is a short composition written usually for solo piano. Lynes dedicated this song to his son Twining Lynes (see photo). Published by Arthur P. Schmidt Co. in Boston and New York who held the original copyright dated 1890. Also hand stamped: G. Fred Kranz Music Co., on Charles Street, Baltimore where it was purchased.