Five-Measure Autograph Musical Quotation Signed from His Famous Song “Listen to the Mocking Bird,” Inscribed to a Professor of Church Music and Hymnology in Hartford
Signed by Septimus Winner
WINNER, SEPTIMUS. (1827-1902). American composer and violinist. AMusQS. (“Septimus Winner”). 1p. Oblong 12mo. Philadelphia, April 18, 1901. To WALDO SELDEN PRATT (1857-1939), professor of church music and hymnology at Hartford Theological Seminary. A five-measure quotation from his famous song “Listen to the Mocking Bird,” inscribed:
“Herewith allow me to submit my slight efforts to your desires, thanking you for your kind appreciation of my work I am yours fraternally…”
A prolific composer Winner published both lyrics and music under his own name and various pseudonyms and made thousands of arrangements for piano and violin. Our quote is from his famous song “Listen to the Mocking Bird,” the rights to which he sold for a mere five dollars. Composed under the name Alice Hawthorne, it is one of his “Hawthorne’s Ballads.” It subsequently sold millions of copies. His many popular songs include “Where, O Where Has My Little Dog Gone?,” “Ten Little Injuns,” “What Is Home Without a Mother,” “Carry Me Back to Tennessee,” and “How Sweet Are the Roses.” In 1862, Winner’s song “Give Us Back Our Old Commander: Little Mac, the People’s Pride,” composed after President Lincoln removed George B. McClellan from his command of the Army of the Potomac, led to Winner’s arrest for treason. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970. Penned in Winner’s meticulous hand on a stiff card. In mint condition. Uncommon.