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Highlights : Entertainment : Music

Subcategory Music contains 15 item(s).

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front "Study by Candlelight"
Parlor music, and piano playing in particular, symbolized good taste and moral respectability throughout the Victorian period.
front Hitchcock Family Phonograph
c. 1909
Surrounding the phonograph, the early-19th-century technological substitute for live music, are ten members of the Hitchcock family, photographed about 1909.
front John Putnam (c.1817-1895)
John Putnam (c.1817-1895) of Greenfield, Massachusetts, was a well-known and accomplished musician, band leader, and dance prompter.
front Pitch pipe
c. 1790
Since church choir members or "singers" generally sang a capella, a pitch pipe like this one that belonged to Justin Hitchcock (1752-1822) of Deerfield, Massachusetts, helped them to find their starting note.
document Ball Invitation for Stephen West Williams
Apr 11, 1807
Twice a year students at Deerfield Academy provided a program of "speeches, declamations, dialogues, and orations" followed by an Exhibition Ball, attended by students and their guests.
front Estey Organ
c. 1887
Parlor organs were fashionable emblems of family and religion in the Victorian home.
front Piano
c. 1805
This early 19th century piano bears the label of the Italian composer and performer, Muzio Clemente (1752-1832).
front Spinet
c. 1680
This c.1680 spinet was made in London and is signed by the maker, Stephanus Keene.
document "Cotillion Party at Whitney Hall! In Shelburne Falls, Friday Dec 17th, 1858"
Dec 17, 1858
Cotillion dancing was a popular dance form in the 1800s.
Cover "Amsterdam"
This hymn, "Amsterdam", was popular in Britain and America in the 18th and 19th centuries.


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