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Blow On! Blow On! The Pirate's Glee

Date: 1840
Overall: 346 x 256 mm, 0.04 kg
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Object Name: Sheet music
Object No: 00036389
Place Manufactured:Boston

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    'Blow on, Blow on, The Pirates Glee' was written for and dedicated to the Salem Glee Club, a men’s choir. The cover features a black and white lithograph by Benjamin W Thayer, titled 'Storm at Sea in a Schooner' depicting six pirates on the stern of a vessel as it encounters rough seas. The piece was written to be sung by four male voices.
    Significance'Blow On! Blow On! The Pirates Glee' illustrates the popularity of maritime themes in sheet music production during the 19th century. Sheet music was a popular form of entertainment during this period and was relatively cheap and widely distributed.
    HistorySheet music offers an insight into popular culture and social values at the time of their production. The widely distributed pieces were sold fairly cheaply, making them popular purchases with the general public. Music was an integral part of people's social life in the home and at public events such as balls, recitals, concerts and theatre shows.

    Maritime scenes, events and stories were commonly depicted on sheet music covers. The launch, commission or arrival of a specific ship was often commemorated in the lyrics and cover designs. For people living in the 19th century the sea and maritime vessels was an everyday part of life, necessary for the transportation of commercial cargo, passengers, mail and naval forces.

    The first line of this sheet music:

    Blow on! Blow on!
    We love the howling of winds
    that waft us o'er the sea.
    Related People
    Lithographer: Benjamin W Thayer
    Publisher: Gro. P Reed

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