OLIVER-SHAW-STOUGHTON-WALTZ
OLIVER SHAW

HOMETOWN | Newport [1779-1848]

BIO | Shaw, who was blind at 21 after a childhood mishap and a bout with yellow fever, studied with organist John Berkenhead. He worked as a keyboardist, teacher, and singer; sold instruments and sheet music at a shop and by mail order; and had a publishing company. But his work as a composer is most notable, including sacred works and secular songs, many set to poems by Thomas Moore. The Music Hall of Fame folks say that in 1829, Shaw's "There's Nothing True but Heaven" "became the first national hit by an American-born musician" [bringing in a hefty $1500 in what would become known as royalties]. And Shaw was an innovator: the liner notes for The Flowering of Vocal Music In America notes that his compositions "look forward, stylistically, rather than backward."

HIT PARADE | Other Shaw toe-tappers included "Taunton," "Bristol March," and "The Bird Let Loose."

< prev  1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6  |  7  |  8  |  9  |   next >
  Topics: Music Features , Ken Lyon, Ken Lyon, Gary Gramolini,  More more >
| More


Most Popular
ARTICLES BY PHOENIX STAFF
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   MICHAUD FOR GOVERNOR  |  November 03, 2014
    However you’ve been following the race for Governor this election season, you’ve been hearing it from all sides, so we’ll make this one brief. We urge you to vote for Michael Michaud.
  •   ADVANCED BEAUTY LESSONS  |  November 03, 2014
    Described as a “body-positive visibility project,” Portland’s Jack Tar 207 is all about representation. Models are encouraged to bring their own clothing and personal belongings to the shoot, which owner-designer LK Weiss says brings out “a level of confidence that many people don’t feel in front of a camera.”
  •   LITERALLY LGBT  |  October 31, 2014
    A community-compiled list of important GBLTQ works through the years.  
  •   DEAR PROVIDENCE PHOENIX...  |  October 15, 2014
    Some made us chuckle, others made us choke up.
  •   BACK TO REALITY  |  September 18, 2014
    If you’re a student in southern Maine and are at all interested in arts and humanities, and have a budget of exactly $10 to spend on any one event, there’s a lot in your favor.

 See all articles by: PHOENIX STAFF