Last night I found something I had been looking for for years! Some music written by my great great grandfather – the Frederick Augustus Pearson (1848-1884) written about in my last blog post.
And, not just one piece – two pieces.
I found them on Trove , not in the digitised newspapers where I normally focus my searches, but on a general search – they came up in the (new) Music Australia section.
This section was only integrated into Trove in June 2012 (something I only just found out).
In this section, you can search for printed music, sheet music, musical sound recordings, interviews with significant people, audio books, movies and other videos, including the digitised copies of early Australian music, held in various libraries, archives and cultural institutions across Australia.
The two pieces of music are both Mazurkas for piano – even better as if they had been for violin I couldn’t have played them – not sure I can play these either but that is why you have talented nieces and nephews isn’t it!?