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Edward Mack, prolific composer of Civil War marches — 17 Comments

  1. thanks for posting this. i had no idea how prolific e. mack was. he wrote general buell’s grand quick step. don carlos buell was an ancestor of mine.

  2. On Sun, Sep 6, 2015 at 4:47 PM, Gretchen Markov wrote:
    I found E. Mack, composer, on your Musicology for Everyone site. Thank you. I love playing General Grant’s Grand March.

    Do you have any information on a 19th century composer named E. Holst who lived and worked in NYC and wrote a waltz called either The Demon’s Waltz or The Devil’s Waltz? I’d like to find more of his pieces.

    Thank you.

    Suzanne Markov (amateur pianist who plays strictly for fun)
    sugrem@aol.com

    • A galop is a very fast dance, sort of like a circus march. Think about a horse at full speed. I think the appropriate metronome setting would be about 180, although I haven’t looked it up. Let your fingers fly!

      • Found him. He was buried in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Philadelphia. Just put up a Find-a-grave memorial for him. Confirmed it was him via Ancestry.com. That said, the cemetery was dug up to make room for a housing development. You would need to contact Lawnview Cemetery, in Rockledge, PA to find out where those folks went.

  3. I’m playing a nice waltz from my Monster Imperial Album called Mary’s Pet, by E. Mack. I’m wondering if this wb Edward Mack or Eugene Mack, both piano composers. Can you help?

    • Eugene Mack lived a couple of generations later than Edward Mack. I had never heard of him until I looked for him in response to your question. I found reference to a collection called Monster Imperial, published in about 1943. The specific pieces I found by him were published in 1910. I would guess that Eugene is the more likely composer than someone publishing in the 1860s.

  4. Do you know much about the piece titled, “Laughing Jenny Schottisch”? I have a friend that has a framed copy of it and was wanting more information on it.

    • Sorry, no. It’s hard to find much about specific pieces by obscure composers. Maybe the sheet music collection I link to in the post will have some information. Or find a history of music in Philadelphia written during his lifetime.

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