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Library Co. of Phila.
Musical Works of William Henry Fry in the Collections of The Library Company of Philadelphia
William Treat Upton (au)
In the decades immediately preceding the Civil War, Philadelphian William Henry Fry (1815-1864) was one of the main composers working in the larger musical forms. There are 3 of his operas extant -- two of them having been produced: “Leonora” in 1845 & “Notre Dame of Paris” in 1864. Fry was also fond of orchestral choral writing, in both of which forms he wrote large-scale works. Fry was interested in all phases of our intellectual life -- literary, artistic, political, as well as musical. But through it all, music was his passion, whether as composer or critic. The Library Co. of Phila. has a magnificent collection of Fry’s musical works, both published & in manuscript. Here is an annotated listing of these holdings. B&W illustrations.
“Laurel Street Storehouse long since burned”
“Liberty Displaying the Arts and Sciences” (1792)
Negro History, 1553-1903: An Exhibition of Books, Prints, and Manuscripts
G.A. Schwarz, Toy store, 1006 Chestnut St., tradecard, ca. 1870s.
H. B. McCalla (Philadelphia: ca. 1852)
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