Tuesday, November 9, 2010

1919 Sheet Music, 'Somebody's Knocking at Your Door,' Arranged by R. Nathaniel Dett, on eBay.com

[Somebody's Knocking at Your Door; Arranged for Solo Voice by R. Nathaniel Dett; The John Church Co. (1919)]

Sheet music for R. Nathaniel Dett's composition Somebody's Knocking at Your Door was published in 1919 by The John Church Company and is offered on eBay.com:

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Starting Bid US $4.49
“R. Nathaniel Dett 1919 Somebody's Knocking at Your Door
Negro Spirituals - The John Church Company
Up for auction is a very old sheet music for the old Negro Spiritual 'Somebody's Knocking at your Door' that was arranged by R. Nathaniel Dett. This antique sheet music is copyrighted in 1919 by The John Church Company. This sheet music is in excellent condition. The cover is unmarked, outer spine has practically no wear, edges are crisp and the song is complete. This sheet music is numbered 18210-8. This is a hard to find collectible from an important composer. This sheet music is eight pages. This very rare sheet music is unmarked...

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Robert Nathaniel Dett (October 11, 1882 – October 2, 1943), often known as R. Nathaniel Dett, was a composer in the United States and Canada. During his lifetime he was one of the most successful black composers, known for his use of folk songs and spirituals for choral and piano compositions in the romantic style. He was among the first African American composers during the early years of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. His works often appeared among the programs of William Marion Cook's New York syncopated Orchestra. Dett himself performed at Carnegie Hall and at the Boston Symphony Hall as a pianist and choir director.” [R. Nathaniel Dett (1882-1943) is profiled at AfriClassical.com, with a complete Works List by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma of Lawrence University Conservatory.]

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