Sunday, January 29, 2006

Treasure Trove!

So, it seems that Lauri is moving out (planning on moving to Italy) and that Terry isn't going to live in the house, which means that Lauri is going to have to sell it. Consequently, the piano that was in Grandma and Grandpa's house is now in my parents' house, and it came with (of course) the piano bench. Inside the bench was a whole lot of music that Grandpa had owned, dating mostly from 1890, 1900 and 1910, though some was from the 40s and 50s. There were even a couple compositions of his own! All in all, I'd estimate from 75-100 pieces of seperate sheet music and several books. Even a songbook that, presumably, had belonged to Hazel, his sister.

Needless to say, this is very exciting. The concern I have about the original compositions is that some of them indicate that 'Jimmie Crane' was the author of either the words or the lyrics. At first I thought that it must've been a friend of his, but it seems there are several popular tunes from about the right time (one of the compositions was marked '1940') by a 'Jimmie Crane.' So, I dunno. We'll see what comes of it. But there's plenty of stuff there to work on, so that makes me happy (not that I didn't have enough to work on, but still).
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