The Acquisitions Table: Concert of Sacred Music

F.D. Allen, Concert of Sacred Music, in the Third Associate Reformed Church . . . New York: E. Conrad, 1819.
This broadside for a concert given in the spring of 1819 was not identified by Shaw & Shoemaker in their bibliography of American imprints from before 1820, making it an exciting acquisition for AAS. The broadside, printed with several different type styles, was made by Ephriam Conrad, who was at work in Philadelphia from 1795 to 1827, and steadily produced pamphlets, reports and newspapers for local clients. Author and composer Francis D. Allen arranged the concert and began promoting it in New York papers in April 1819, listing tickets at 50 cents. He emphasized that much of the music was new, very chaste, and appropriate for a wide audience. After the event, the press reported that over 600 ladies and gentlemen attended the concert. The Providence [R.I.] Patriot printed a summary of the concert which although held in New York, featured three new works by local composer Oliver Shaw.

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