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Recent Researches in the Oral Traditions of Music

Emily's Songbook: Music in 1850s Albany
Edited by Mark Slobin, James Kimball, Katherine K. Preston, and Deane Root
OT9 ISBN 0-89579-706-2 (2011) vii + 344pp. $125.00
  ISBN 978-0-89579-706-3(13-digit)

This publication is the first-ever facsimile edition of a "binder’s volume," a personal collection of sheet music, in this case that of a nineteenth-century young woman, Emily Esperanza McKissick of Albany, New York, who must have actively used her volume with her friends and family and who became a long-lived music teacher.

Essays by leading American-music specialists illuminate the general themes of this unique volume and also provide detailed information (with copious reference to period source materials) about the McKissick family, musical life in mid-century Albany, the publication history of the forty-six songs, and an analysis of the penciled annotations made by Emily on the music itself. The complete binder's volume of Emily’s favorite songs—some common, some rare—is presented, cover to cover, as a photographic facsimile.



Part 1: The Orality of Emily's Songbook

1 - An Ethnological View of Emily McKissick, Mark Slobin
2 - Who Was Emily McKissick? James Kimball
3 - Music in the McKissick Parlor, Katherine K. Preston
4 - The Sheet Music, Deane Root

Part 2: Emily's Songbook in Facsimile