Item #320547 Scenes from Opera at the Five Points; A Musical Offering, Suitable for the Family Circle, Schools, and Juvenile Exhibitions. George Henry Curtis.
Scenes from Opera at the Five Points; A Musical Offering, Suitable for the Family Circle, Schools, and Juvenile Exhibitions
Scenes from Opera at the Five Points; A Musical Offering, Suitable for the Family Circle, Schools, and Juvenile Exhibitions
Scenes from Opera at the Five Points; A Musical Offering, Suitable for the Family Circle, Schools, and Juvenile Exhibitions

Scenes from Opera at the Five Points; A Musical Offering, Suitable for the Family Circle, Schools, and Juvenile Exhibitions.

New York: Horace Waters, [1853].

44, [4]pp. Woodcut title vignette view of Five Points by Orr. Ads in the rear. Oblong 8vo. Publisher's cloth-backed boards, with the title repeated on the upper cover Item #320547

"The words of the following pieces have a living and intense meaning, to those associated with the organization, known as the Five Points House of Industry" (Note, p. 3).

Five Points, the present-day area south of China Town and north of City Hall and the area made famous by the film Gangs of New York, was in many ways the epicenter of poverty in New York in the period. The Five Points House of Industry in New York City, established in 1851, was formed by the New York Ladies’ Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church in response to the rampant crime and prostitution in the area.

The present tune book, seemingly done on behalf of the House of Industry, was compiled by George Henry Curtis (1821-1895), American composer and music educator. "His best known works are the cantatas Elutheria (pubd 1851) and The Forest Melody (with a text by William Cullen Bryant; premièred 1858), and the anthem Endymion (on Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem; pubd 1857). The short-lived American Musical Association, which supported local composers, performed his works in 1857. For over thirty years, he taught music in the New York public schools (at as many as six schools at a time). Curtis was also an instructor at the New York Conservatory of Music (founded 1849) with William Bradbury and Francis Nash and at the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute" (Grove).

Unrecorded in OCLC.

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