This past week was a banner week for finding Gena Branscombe’s sheet music on either Amazon or E-bay. Real treasures were found and I bought each one!
Much to my surprise the original 1913 edition of her song cycle, “Lute of Jade” was for sale on E-bay. A muted brown cover with soft green lettering and held together with a small maroon cord, this song cycle features poems by various Chinese poets of the Age of Enlightenment (AD 700-834) and were translated by L. Cranmer Byng. Arthur P. Schmidt published the song cycle!
Dedicated to the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs Chorus, “The Arkansaw Traveler” was published in 1942 by J. Fischer & Bro. An American folk song arranged for four part women’s chorus, this copy is in mint condition and a wonderful addition to my collection.
“I Bring You Heartsease” published by Arthur P. Schmidt in 1915 is one of the most common of her works I find online. A waltz with words by Gena herself, it is dedicated to her mother, Sara Allison Branscombe.