Item #8011 Klondike Waltz. . Weber, composer, ouis.
Klondike Waltz.

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Klondike Waltz.

Kansas City, Missouri: J[ames]. R. Bell, 1897. 4to sheet music (13.5” x 10.25”). Illustrated cover page and 5 pp. of music; “Klondike Waltz” consists of 3 pp., two of the leaves have been affixed together at the top, the other leaf loose. Ads for the other pieces appear on the remaining pages. Artist initials “C & W” on cover page. CONDITION: Good, toned from being framed, several short tears to the cover page, some of which have been repaired, one piece of repair tape affixed to the verso of the cover page, minor portions of the lower corners missing.

Unrecorded Klondike Gold Rush sheet music for piano or organ in 3/4 time by a prolific Kansas composer, with an engaging illustrated title sheet. 

Featuring a title in snow-crusted letters, the cover shows two miners digging and sorting gold along the bank of a river. In the background a man on a dog sled dashes through a mountainous landscape, while above the sled are two waltzing bears standing upright paw to paw. The additional pieces advertised here are “La Pas Ma La,” “K.C. Karnival Krewe March,” “Weary Walkers March,” “I Know that Katie Loves Me,” “Blue Bell Waltz,” “Shell Flower Waltz,” “Brown’s Jubilee March,” and “Silver Band March.” These songs are credited to a range of different composers, span from the 1870s to the 1890s, and are priced from 30 and 50 cents. 

Louis Weber (1851–1931) was a composer from Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas. After studying at Central Wesleyan College in Missouri, he taught in Methodist colleges throughout the state from 1879 to 1895. In 1888 he was ordained as a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church and was later the pastor of churches at Hannibal and Boonville. The height of Weber’s career came in 1889 when he was appointed as president of Lewis College at Glasgow, Missouri. In 1895 he left the college to devote himself to composing and publishing. Weber’s first music was published in 1881 at Sedalia, Missouri, His oeuvre consists of 232 compositions, all of which he wrote for the home rather than the stage. Weber’s experiences as a private music teacher in Kansas City led him to write much of his music for pupils. He composed marches and dance pieces, including waltzes, galops, polkas, and schottisches. In 1905, Weber and his brother Rudolph formed the firm of Weber Brothers which published all of his music through 1922. By 1921, his music had attained a circulation of more than 2,000,000 throughout twelve states. Weber published more music and had a greater circulation than any Kansas composer past or present. 

After succeeding the Conover Brothers in 1884, James R. Bell Publishers expanded their well-established business to become a prominent music dealer and publisher in Kansas City during the 1890s. Bell reissued several of Conovers’s copyrighted works, in addition to publishing and copyrighting many sheet-music compositions for voice, piano, mandolin and guitar. His output reflects the music popular during this period: marches, waltzes and sentimental parlor songs. Bell published music of several Kansas City composers including Ernest W. Berry, Charles L. Johnson, H. O. Wheeler, and Weber. By 1903, Bell had moved to Leavenworth, Kansas where he remained until his death around 1924. 

No examples of this sheet-music are recorded in OCLC.

REFERENCES: Baldridge, Terry L. “Louis Weber (1851-1931), Kansas City Composer and Publisher” at Terry L. Baldridge online; Munstedt, Peter A. “Kansas City Music Publishing: The First Fifty Years.” American Music, Vol. 9, No. 4 (Winter, 1991), pp. 353–383.

Item #8011

Price: $475.00

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