Ives, Elam, Jr. The Gala Day: A cantata,
composed for the second academic commencement of the Rutgers Female Institute.
The poetry by a pupil, the music composed and dedicated to Mr. Charles E. West,
principal of the institute, by E. Ives, Jun. New York: Firth & Hall, 1841. Oblong
8vo. [1 (title-page)], 14, [1 (blank)] pp.
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Honors go to the Rutgers Female Institute for being the first institution of higher education for women in New York City. It opened its doors in 1838 and much later became part of Rutgers University. This cantata for the institute's second commencement is the work of one of America's most famous early composers and music educators. Elam Ives, Jr., (18021864) is believed to have been the dominant force in establishing in the U.S. the musical practice of Pestalozzianism that dominated the philosophy of music education during much of the 19th century. He is is also remembered for a small book of songs, “The Juvenile Lyre” (Boston, 1831), which describes itself as “the first school song book published in this country.” Ives had direct influence on such notable composers as Lowell Mason and Thomas Hastings. An anonymous student supplied the words.
fail to trace any copies of this work via OCLC, RLIN, or NUC Pre-1956.
Nor did checks of the public OPACs of Rutgers, NYPL, Columbia, NYU, Yale, Harvard,
and Library of Congress find any.
19th-century wrappers, spine reinforces with marbled paper,
but spine paper slightly torn. Light cockling due to exposure to moisture.
Overall a very good copy. (8349)
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