Keffer Collection of Sheet Music,
Mark Hassler, born in Germany, came from a musical family. His father Henry, a violinist and conductor, brought the family to Philadelphia in 1842. Henry Hassler conducted at the Arch Street Theatre in 1844, the Chestnut Street Theatre in 1845, and the Walnut Street Theatre from 1846 to 1855. He was accepted as a member of the Musical Fund Society in 1857. Mark Hassler's brother Simon (1832-1901) also conducted orchestras, at the Walnut Street Theatre from 1865 to 1872, the Chestnut Street Theatre from 1872 to 1882, and the Chestnut Street Opera House from 1882 to 1899. Simon was also a composer of various forms of dance music. He became a member of the Musical Fund Society in 1854.
Mark Hassler directed music with his own orchestra for dance functions throughout the city of Philadelphia, as well as Baltimore, Washington, and Cape May, New Jersey. He was reputedly responsible for introducing the waltzes of Johann Strauss to dance audiences in America. Mark Hassler also composed and arranged dance music for his performances.
|Item No.||Title||Imprint||Plate No.||Illustration|
|Highland Fling Schottische : as performed by Hassler's Band / Mark Hassler||Philadelphia : Edward L. Walker, 1855||None||None|
|A Message from the Battle-Field : ballad / words by a lady ; music by Mark Hassler, respectfully dedictaed to H. T. Helmbold||Philadelphia : [M. Hassler], 1864||None||Color: wounded soldier in a military hospital, in conversation with two women, a man, and a child / James Queen Lith. ; printed in oil colors by P. S. Duval & Son|
|Philadelphia Lancers / composed by Mark Hassler|
Series: Bouquets de danse, no. 3
|Philadelphia : G. André & Co., 1860||None||Decorative title page / R. M. Gaw|
|Shadow Dance : from the Opera of Dinorah / [arranged for the piano by Mark Hassler]|
Series: Hassler's Journal of New Music, no. 1
|Philadelphia : M. Hassler & Co., 1863||None||Title set within an ornamental frame / Geo. F. Swain|
|Society Schottish : as performed by Hassler's Orchestra / composed & dedicated to the Hebrew Literary Association by Mark Hassler||Philadelphia : Edward L. Walker, 1857||None||Decorative title page / E. McCarthy|
|Sweet Sixteen : polka quadrille / by Mark Hassler||Philadelphia : Chas. W. A. Trumpler, 1865||C.W.A.T. 402.7||Decorative title page / Geo. F. Swain|
|Trab Trab Galop / arranged for the piano, from the original orchestra edition by Mark Hassler||Philadelphia : G. André & Co., 1860||G.A. 458 G.||None|
|Philadelphia Music Publishers|