Bella Rosa [Sheet Music]

New York: Wm. Hall & Son, 1848. First Edition. Sheet Music. Complete with 5 pages including the front cover. Wonderful black, white, and tan cover illustration with six vignettes, five of which show the Campbells performing both male and female roles in blackface. Once bound in a private album, so the music has rough left edge. Generally clean with some light finger-smudges in the lower free corners. Very Good. Item #008439

"John Campbell, who kept a small hotel on the Bowery, corner of Bayard Street, organized the first Campbell’s Minstrels late in 1846. Matt Peel, Luke West, Joseph D. Murphy, Jack Herman and several others were the members. From this troupe sprang all the Original Campbell Minstrels, first under one manager, then another, with some of the members of the original party to give it a Campbell flavor. In the late forties the programs were very simple, consisting of songs, solos on the banjo or violin, Essence of Old Virginny, champion jigs, double polka, solo on a comb, jewsharp, snare drum, or kitchen bellows. The bill was divided into two parts. Part first, as Dandy Negroes of the North, attired in black swallow-tail coats, with brass buttons; white vest, tight black pants with straps that passed under the shoes. This was supposed to be the refined part of the bill. Part second was called Plantation Darkies of the South. They were attired as field hands, checked shirts, with large collars, striped pants and big shoes. This consisted of plantation songs, grotesque dancing, banjo songs, Lucy Long, Old Bob Ridley, The Cachuca dance, Banjo Lesson, and wound up with a festival dance for the whole troupe, called a walk around." - see Frank Dumont's The Golden Days of Minstrelsy.

Price: $250.00

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