Autograph Musical Quotation "There little girl, don't cry" by Fannie Knowlton. Fannie Snow Knowlton.

Autograph Musical Quotation "There little girl, don't cry" by Fannie Knowlton.

February 6, 1899. Autograph Musical Quotation Signed and dated Februrary 6, 99; a section of Knowlton's arrangement of "There, Little Girl, Don't Cry" pasted with two photographs of the composer (one sepia, one b/w) on a gray card, written and signed by Knowlton. Size: 6 x 6-1/2" .Top edge slightly sunned. Marks on back of card from the removal of other pasted items. "There! Little Girl, Don't Cry!" is a musical adaptation of the poet James Whitcomb Riley's poem "A Life-Lesson". Fanny Snow Knowlton's (1859-1926) arrangement of this popular Riley poem, published in 1891 by Brainard's Sons Company of Chicago, was one the earliest arrangements written by a woman. An American composer, Knowlton was writing during a period of great opportunity for female composers. From 1890 to 1930 scores and musical compositions by women were being published in record numbers in the United States. For her arrangements, Knowlton selected popular poems such as Riley's "A Life-Lesson" and Samuel Minton Peck's "The Grapevine Swing" and well-known hymns such as "Give Ear to my Words, O Lord" and "Come Unto Me All Ye That Labor." In 1903 she produced one book of sheet music, Hawthorn and Lavender: A Song-Cycle for Women's Voices with Piano Accompaniment. Her work was mainly published by two Chicago companies: Brainard's and Clayton F. Summy. Riley (1849-1916) was a famous Indiana journalist and poet and his words appealed to common people, especially children. Riley was known as "The Hoosier Poet" because of his use of characters, settings, and dialect that evoked small town life in Indiana. He earned his second moniker , "Children's Poet," because of his sympathetic depictions of children and childhood. Riley's writing was not limited to an Indiana audience, however. Although Riley's work reflected life in the American Midwest, much of his work was as well-received in New York and Boston as it was in Indiana. A journalist by trade and an actor at heart, Riley was deeply interested in seeing his work published and performed. He had a long-standing interest in music and allowed many of his verses to be set to music. "A Life-Lesson"--a poem originally published in the Indianapolis Journal July 25, 1880 and included in several of Riley's books beginning with his collection Afterwhiles in 1887--was a particularly popular poem to be translated to music with over twenty-five different arrangements published between 1889 and 1919. As a song the poem was retitled "There! Little Girl, Don't Cry!" although some composers opted for alternative titles such as "The Silver Lining". Eitel, The Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley II; A. Russo and D. Russo, A Bibliography of James Whitcomb Riley. Item #7614

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