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Posted By: masato sakurai
03-Sep-01 - 09:57 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Go Tell Aunt Rhody
Subject: RE: Origins of: History of Go Tell Aunt Rhody
There are 5 editions of "Rousseau's Dream" in The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music

(1)
Title: Absence.
Composer, Lyricist, Arranger: Air Rousseau's Dream. Arranged By C. Meineke.
Publication: Baltimore: John Cole, n.d..
Form of Composition: strophic with chorus
Instrumentation: piano and voice
First Line: Days of absence, sad and freary, Cloth'd in sorrows dark array
Subject: Courtship & love
Subject: Depression
Call No.: Box: 043 Item: 001
(2)
Title: Days of Absence, or, Rousseau's Dream.
Composer, Lyricist, Arranger: With Variations for the Piano Forte by Ferdinand Lauter.
Publication: Baltimore: G. Willig, 1826.
Form of Composition: theme and variation
Instrumentation: piano
Call No.: Box: 040 Item: 068a
(3)
Title: Firth & Hall's Occasional Selections of Celebrated Duets for Two Performers on one
Piano Forte. No. 5. Rousseau's Dream.
Composer, Lyricist, Arranger: na
Publication: New York: Firth & Hall, No. 1 Franklin Square, n.d..
Form of Composition: sectional
Instrumentation: piano four-hands
Subject: Parlors
Subject: Entertainment
Subject: Musicians
Call No.: Box: 168 Item: 025a
(4)
Title: Absence.
Composer, Lyricist, Arranger: Adapted to the favorite Air of Rousseau's Dream.
Publication: New York: Bourne, Depository of Arts, 359 Broadway, n.d..
Form of Composition: strophic
Instrumentation: piano and voice
First Line: Days of absence, sad and dreary, cloth'd in sorrow's dark array
Plate Number: 258
Subject: Courtship
Subject: Love
Subject: Sadness
Call No.: Box: 114 Item: 001
(5)
Title: Rousseau's Dream. An Air with Variations for the Piano Forte.
Composer, Lyricist, Arranger: Composed by J[ohann] B[aptist] Cramee [1771-1858].
Publication: New York: Wm. Dubois, n.d..
Form of Composition: theme and variation
Instrumentation: piano
Dedicatee: Dedicated to the Right Honble. The Countess of Delaware
Call No.: Box: 111 Item: 160

In the Thomas Jefferson papers, there is a poem to "Rousseau's Dream." The manuscript is in the Library of Congress.

From the above, could we assume that the melody was known to some extent in the first half of the 19th century?

Masato