Requiem to the Memory of Gen. Geo. A. Custer. Charles Glover, composer.
Requiem to the Memory of Gen. Geo. A. Custer.
Requiem to the Memory of Gen. Geo. A. Custer.

Requiem to the Memory of Gen. Geo. A. Custer.

New York: Wm. A. Pond & Co., 1876. Major & Knapp, lithographers. Folio (355 x 273 mm) sheet music. 8 pp., including illustrated lithographic title page.

A rare sheet music requiem with a fine lithographic portrait of Custer on the title-page, published in the same year as the Battle of Little Bighorn.

Although written without lyrics, this memorial composition commences with the directive, Maestoso, meaning intended to be played in a stately and majestic manner. On the second page the directive “lamentuoso” appears—that is, to be performed plaintively or sadly. Two additional phrases invoke notable melodies, “Adeste Fideles” (the traditional “O Come, All Ye Faithful”) as well as “Rest, Spirit Rest,” the title of a requiem for Abraham Lincoln by E. Hoffman. The lithographic cover features a dashing portrait of Custer in uniform, with a sword, Indian hatchet, and other weapons appearing along the floral-strewn title, as well as a facsimile of his signature.

OCLC records only 4 copies.

An uncommon and graphically appealing Custer item.

REFERENCES: Rest, spirit, rest: grand requiem march to the memory of Abraham Lincoln… at loc.gov

CONDITION: One 7 mm tear, otherwise very good.

Item #4652

Price: $1,250.00

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