Penn Library Department of Special Collections

William Penn

Keffer Collection of Sheet Music,
ca. 1790-1895

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Philadelphia Composers: Nelson Kneass (1823-1868 or 1869)

Nelson Kneass was the composer of a popular setting of Thomas Dunn English's text, Ben Bolt. It was first sung in Pittsburgh in 1848 and quickly achieved success.

Compositions by Kneass in the Collection

Item No.TitleImprintPlate No.Illustration
Box 31
no. 8
Ben Bolt, or Oh! Don't you Remember / as sung by J. H. McCann ; the music by N. Kneass. 15th ed. Cincinnati : W. C. Peters & Son, 1848 1138 Man leaning on a cane
Box 31
no. 24
Hold your Horses : as sung by Samuel S. Sanford / composed by Nelson Kneass for Sanford's Opera Troupe Philadelphia : Winner & Shuster, 1855 None Man on horseback alongside a man in a horse-drawn wagnon / R. M. Gaw


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