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I'm afloat

Date: mid 19th Century
Overall: 347 x 256 mm, 0.02 kg
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Sheet music
Object No: 00027136
Place Manufactured:London

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    'I'm afloat' was taken from a volume of sheet music printed in London, titled 'The Musical Bouquet'. It is decorated with a lithograph of an unidentified sailing ship. The popular musical entertainer Henry Russell composed and performed this piece at concerts and recitals in Britain.
    SignificanceThis music highlights the popularity of maritime themes in 19th century sheet music, representing the work of well known British pianist, composer and singer Henry Russell.
    HistorySheet music offers an insight into popular culture and social values at the time of their production. The widely distributed pieces were fairly cheap to buy, making them popular purchases with the general public. Music was an integral part of people's social life in the home and at public outings such as balls, recitals, concerts and theatre shows.

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

    Henry Russel's 'Musical Bouquet' series started around 1846. In the days prior to copyright legislation 'Musical Bouquet' used material that hadallready been published. By 1889 tmore than 9,000 pieces of music were featured in Russell's series.
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    Web title: I'm afloat

    Primary title: I'm afloat

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