Love in the Archives 2019
Love in Song


Love in Song


Download Pecadora (Sinner), 1927, tango, lyrics by G. Hoyos Ruiz, music by Alfonso Esparza Oteo, Mexico. Latin American Sheet Music Collection. (21.7 MB)

Download La Canción del Primer Amor (The Song of First Love), 1927, vals lento, lyrics and music by Miguel Lerdo de Tejada, Mexico. Latin American Sheet Music Collection. (210.5 MB)

Download Au Revoir, But Not Goodbye (Soldier Boy), 1917, lyrics by Lew Brown, music by Albert Von Tilzer. Bruce T. Ellis Sheet Music Collection. (150.5 MB)

Download Let the Rest of the World Go By, 1919, ballad, lyrics by J. Keirn Brennan and music by Ernest R. Ball. Bruce T. Ellis Sheet Music Collection. (188.0 MB)


Materials from two collections were displayed.

The Latin American Sheet Music Collection, MSS 932 BC, 1835-1996, contains many illustrated scores which have the composers’ photographs and signatures. There are songs from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, and Uruguay, as well as Spain, Portugal, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, and the United States. The largest component is from Mexico. The musical range represented includes popular and classical music with boleros, tangos, marches, waltzes, corridos, rancheras, fox trot and regional canciones. The majority of the texts are popular and classical sheet music that belong to the 20th century. Musicians represented include Agustin Lara and Maria Teresa, Astor Piazzolla, Ernesto Lecuona, Maria Alma, Miguel Bernal Jimenez, Manuel de Falla and many others.

The Bruce T. Ellis Sheet Music Collection contains approximately 600 scores, many first editions, dating from 1818-1945. Many covers are illustrated with beautiful art works. There are American as well as foreign composers. Among them are various dances, such as polkas, waltzes, can-cans, quadrilles, mazurkas, schottisches, cake-walks, lancers, gavotte, galop, quick-steps, etc. Others are ballads, opera songs, concert hall songs, show songs and Sousa marches. One group has songs by African American minstrel groups. Also included are women’s temperance pieces, American political and patriotic songs, and death dirges. There are military songs from the Civil War, Mexican American War, Spanish American War and World War I.

Curated by Nancy Brown-Martinez, Archivist, Center for Southwest Research


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Love in Song