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Beyond Vinyl: Setting the score straight on sheet music
SHEET MUSIC CENTER FOR COLLECTING OLD POPULAR SHEET MUSIC
The early examples feature favorite songs from popular stage productions. Later, movies and radio introduced popular music to even more American homes. Performers associated with the original versions of those songs were often depicted on the cover of the music, a side benefit for today's collector as a crossover into pop culture memorabilia. Any professional musician of the day would have stacks of colorful sheet music stashed in piano benches and tucked away in boxes. Amateur musicians patronized merchants selling sheet music for use in homespun entertainment as well, especially during the holidays.
Value of old sheet music is judged by its cover
If you are going after the collectible market, you can list them under Entertainment Collectibles. Songbooks are easier to list and are sometimes worth quite a bit of money. When I opened my Amazon store, my mother, who sold our family piano in the early s, gave me a stack of sheet music that belonged to her, and my grandmother too see footnote. I put most of it in my antique mall booth, and listed some of the books here.
October 14, Q: I inherited music from my father, an organist who came over from Germany in He brought over quite a bit of classical and Gregorian music.