1827–1902

Introduction

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Born: May 11, 1827, Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Died: No­vem­ber 22, 1902, Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Buried: West Laur­el Hill Ce­me­te­ry, Ba­la Cyn­wyd, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Pseudonyms:

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Biography

Septimus was the hus­band of Han­nah Jane Guy­er.

He was a well known po­et, com­pos­er and vi­o­lin­ist. A self taught mu­si­cian, he ran a mu­sic store, gave les­sons on var­i­ous in­stru­ments, and played in the Phil­a­del­phia Brass Band and Ce­cil­i­an Mu­sic­al So­ci­e­ty.

Works

He wrote or ed­it­ed over 200 vol­umes of mu­sic for more than 20 in­stru­ments, and pro­duced 2,000 ar­range­ments for vi­o­lin and pi­a­no.

He wrote the song Lis­ten to the Mock­ing Bird, but sold the rights to it for the grand sum of five dol­lars. In the next few years, it sold 20,000,000 copies.

His other songs include:

Sources

Lyrics