Musical Score from Chicago
Staab, Louis. Belles of Chicago. Polka Brillante. Chicago: Root & Cady, 1869.
This pre-fire Chicago imprint is a welcome addition to the collection of musical scores. The composer is not a well-known musician or composer, but he taught music in some form in Chicago, where he is listed as a musician in the city directories. He dedicated this piece to a pupil, Rosalie Magnusson, whose family probably lived in the city. Polkas were extremely popular and this one has a quick tempo.
Vincent Golden found this piece at Papermania in Hartford and donated it to AAS.
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