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A Life on the Ocean Wave

Date: 1840s
Overall: 347 x 256 mm, 0.02 kg
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Sheet music
Object No: 00027137
Place Manufactured:London

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    'A Life on the Ocean Wave' was published in London and printed in Henry Russell's volume 'Musical Bouquet'. The booklet's cover features a black and white lithograph of an officer on a ship's deck holding a telescope and sword.
    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 (1812-1900).
    HistoryHenry Russell’s 'Musical Bouquet' series started around 1846. In the days prior to copyright legislation 'Musical Bouquet' used material that had already been published. By 1889 more than 9,000 pieces of music were featured in Russell's series.

    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.

    The first stanza of ' A Life on the Ocean Wave':

    A life on the Ocean Wave!
    A home on the rolling deep!
    Where the scattered waters rave,
    And the winds their revels keep!
    Like an eagle cag'd I pine,
    On this dull unchanging shore,
    Oh! give me the flashing brine,
    The spray and the tempest's roar!
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: A Life on the Ocean Wave

    Web title: A Life on the Ocean Wave

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