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Object: Sheet Music

Sep 27, 2018

Sheet Music
Published by Thomas Goggan and Brothers
Materials: paper

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This sheet music entitled “Choicest Mexican Music: Worship to the Beautiful” was published in 1892 by the Thomas Goggans and Brothers Company, a music and instrument company from Galveston, Texas. The company was best known for selling top-quality pianos during the late 19th century, and was one of the first two music publishers in the state of Texas. At the time, the Hauschild Music Company was the forerunner for music publishing in Texas, especially music composed by Texan composers. The owners of the Goggan Company, Thomas and brother Mike Goggan, were Irish immigrants who came to Texas. By 1866, they established their company in Galveston, Texas selling pianos, organs, and other  instruments.

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The music sheet itself features the song “Worship to the Beautiful (Culto a Lo Bello)” by Genaro Codina. This song was a part of a larger compilation of music entitled “Choicest Mexican Music,” and was part of the third series of this compilation. The Thomas and Brothers Company seems to have published all three, from 1891 to 1892. The composer, Genaro Codina, was from Zacatecas, Mexico. He is better known for composing the March of Zacatecas, the anthem of the state of Zacatecas and often referred to as the second national anthem of Mexico. [Caitlin VanWie, edited by Jennifer McPhail]

The following video is a performance of the March of Zacatecas by the United States Navy Band.

Additional Resources:

Clayton, Lawrence, and Joe W. Specht. 2003. The roots of Texas music. College Station: Texas A & M University Press.

Gay, Leslie C. 1999. “Before the Deluge: The Technoculture of Song-Sheet Publishing Viewed from Late Nineteenth-Century Galveston”. American Music. 17 (4): 396-421.

Hartman, Gary. 2008. The history of Texas music. College Station: Texas A & M University Press.

Peña, Manuel H. 1985. The Texas-Mexican conjunto: history of a working-class music. Austin: University of Texas Press.

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