Rediscovering Forgotten Composers with the Help of Online Genealogy and Music Score Databases: A Case Study on African-American Composer Jacob J. Sawyer (1856–1885)

  • Nico Schüler Texas State University
Keywords: Jacob J. Sawyer, 19thcentury, African-American composer, minstrelsy, piano music

Abstract

This paper describes the reconstruction of life and work of African-American composer Jacob J. Sawyer (1856–1885) with the help of genealogy databases
and online collections of music scores. During his life, Sawyer held positions with well-known music ensembles: Haverly’s Colored Minstrels, Hyers Sisters
Troupe, and Slayton Ideal Company.

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Published
2015-06-17
How to Cite
SchülerN. (2015). Rediscovering Forgotten Composers with the Help of Online Genealogy and Music Score Databases: A Case Study on African-American Composer Jacob J. Sawyer (1856–1885). Musicological Annual, 51(2), 85-97. https://doi.org/10.4312/mz.51.2.85-97
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