American minstrel and song writer.
Autograph Inscription Signed, Daniel D. Emmett / author of / Dixie’s Land. (1859) / “Den I wish I was in Dixie!”; one page, quarto, undated. On a sheet apparently from an autograph album; verso with an inscription dated 1904.
Daniel D Emmett writes a line from the refrain of the celebrated minstrel song that became the anthem of the Confederacy. His song “Dixie” was composed for Bryant’s Minstrels, a popular traveling minstrel company, its words evoking slaves’ happy memories of life on a tobacco farm on Long Island owned by a family named Dixie. The song was apparently first performed in New York in April 1859; the words were published later that year, but the song’s huge popularity came with its performance in April 1860 in New Orleans, in the musical extravaganza Pocahontas. A band leader in Montgomery, Alabama arranged “Dixie” as a march and it was played at the Inauguration of Jefferson Davis as President of the Confederate States on February 16, 1861. In spite of its rebel associations, President Lincoln was quite fond of “Dixie” [James Fuld, The Book of World Famous Music].
Framed with an image of the Battle of Bull Run, July 21, 1861, from the “Grand Army Picture Book,” published by George Routledge & Sons, Limited, New York, 1880.
Matted in light gray and red, with a color illustration of the Battle of Bull Run. Framed in antiqued gilt, framed dimensions are 27 inches wide by 17 inches high.
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- Musicians / Composers