Penn Library Department of Special Collections

William Penn

Keffer Collection of Sheet Music,
ca. 1790-1895

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Philadelphia Composers: Charles W. Jarvis (1809-1871)

Charles W. Jarvis was a pianist and composer who emigrated to Philadelphia from England ca. 1835. He published the opera Luli, or the Switzer's Bride in 1846 and was the composer of songs and piano music. Jarvis was also noted as a teacher and published an instruction book in 1852.

His son, Charles H. Jarvis, was also a prominent figure in Philadelphia music as a composer and pianist. The younger Jarvis was born in Philadelphia and made his debut as a pianist at the age of seven and later appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic and other prominent orchestras. He studied music theory with Leopold Meignen. In 1862 Jarvis began a concert series called the Classical Soirées. The series continued for more than thirty years and featured Jarvis as a soloist and member of chamber ensembles. Jarvis presented over eight hundred works on these programs.

Compositions by Charles W. Jarvis in the Collection

Item No.TitleImprintPlate No.Illustration
Box 34
no. 3
Le Bouquet : a fashionable set of quadrilles / inscribed by permission to E. Ives Junr. ; composed and arranged for the piano forte by Charles Jarvis
Instructions for dance steps are included.
Philadelphia : Geo. Willig, 183-? None None
Box 13
no. 20
Great Western March / arranged and respectfully dedicated to Capt. James Hosken, Commander of the Great Western by Charles Jarvis Philadelphia : Osbourn's Music Saloon, between 1835 and 1842 120 The steamship Great Western / Lith. of Wild & Chevalier
Box 25
no. 63
Melle. Fanny Elssler's Quadrilles : arranged for the piano forte / by Ch. Jarvis Philadelphia : A. Fiot, 1840 None Five portraits of Fanny Elssler / P. S. Duval, Lith.


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