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Jacob J. Sawyer (1856–1885) was an American composer, pianist, songwriter, and conductor.[1][2] His Welcome to the Era March (1877) was included in James Monroe Trotter's Music and Some Highly Musical People (1878).[3]

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Composer

Composer

A composer is a person who writes music. The term is especially used to indicate composers of Western classical music, or those who are composers by occupation. Many composers are, or were, also skilled performers of music.

Conducting

Conducting

Conducting is the art of directing a musical performance, such as an orchestral or choral concert. It has been defined as "the art of directing the simultaneous performance of several players or singers by the use of gesture." The primary duties of the conductor are to interpret the score in a way which reflects the specific indications in that score, set the tempo, ensure correct entries by ensemble members, and "shape" the phrasing where appropriate. Conductors communicate with their musicians primarily through hand gestures, usually with the aid of a baton, and may use other gestures or signals such as eye contact. A conductor usually supplements their direction with verbal instructions to their musicians in rehearsal.

James Monroe Trotter

James Monroe Trotter

James Monroe Trotter was an American teacher, soldier, employee of the United States Post Office Department, a music historian, and Recorder of Deeds in Washington, D.C. Born into slavery in Mississippi, he, his two sisters and their mother Letitia were freed by their master, the child's father, and helped to move to Cincinnati, Ohio. He grew up in freedom, attending school and becoming a teacher.

Music and Some Highly Musical People

Music and Some Highly Musical People

Music and Some Highly Musical People is a history of African-American music by James Monroe Trotter first published in 1878. It represents perhaps the first attempt to assess American music across multiple genres in a single volume.

Life and career

Jacob J. Sawyer was born in Boston on 5 November 1856.[2] He toured with different groups, such as the Hyers Sisters, the Louisiana Jubilee Singers, and Haverly's Colored Minstrels. After a 5-month tour to England with the Haverly's Colored Minstrels, Sawyer returned to Boston in late 1881, where he started working at a local bank. He later performed with the Virginia Jubilee Singers, the Sam Lucas Jubilee Songsters, the Maryland Jubilee Singers and the Slayton Ideal Company. In 1884, he became the musical director of the Nashville Students. He died from tuberculosis on 3 June 1885.[2]

Works

  • Sawyer, Jacob J. Out of Bondage Waltz for piano [op. 2], Cincinnati 1879.
  • Sawyer, Jacob J. Seventh Exposition Grand March for piano [op. 3], Cincinnati 1879.
  • Sawyer, Jacob J. All the Rage (Grand March) for piano, Boston 1880.
  • Sawyer, Jacob J. Up in a Corner (Schottisch) for piano, Philadelphia 1881.
  • Sawyer, Jacob J. Return of Spring (Polka) for piano, New York 1882.
  • Sawyer, Jacob J. The Bijou March for piano, New York 1882.
  • Sawyer, Jacob J. Etta Polka for piano, New York 1882.
  • Sawyer, Jacob J. Jersey Lily Waltzes for piano, Boston 1882.
  • Sawyer, Jacob J. Little Sweetheart (Schottische) for piano, New York 1882.
  • Sawyer, Jacob J. Lotta Schottisch for piano, Boston 1882.
  • Sawyer, Jacob J. Old "49" Schottische for piano, New York 1882.
  • Sawyer, Jacob J. Rosebud (Gavotte) for piano, New York 1882.
  • Sawyer, Jacob J. Cambridge Pretty Girls for piano, New York 1882.
  • Sawyer, Jacob J. Bob-o-link (Mazurka) for piano, Chicago 1883.
  • Sawyer, Jacob J. The Rankins' March for piano, Detroit 1883.
  • Sawyer, Jacob J. Passion Flower Waltzes for piano, Detroit 1884.
  • Sawyer, Jacob J. Bicycle Waltzes for piano, New York 1885.
  • Jubilee Songs and Plantation Melodies, arr. by Jacob J. Sawyer. Chicago, IL: H. B. Thearle, 1884.

Source: "Jacob J. Sawyer", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, November 27th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_J._Sawyer.

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