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William Penn

Keffer Collection of Sheet Music,
ca. 1790-1895

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Philadelphia Composers: Charles Lenschow (d. 1890)

Charles Lenschow, conductor and composer, was the musical director of the Germania Orchestra when it arrived in Philadelphia in 1848 on its tour of the United States. The orchestra's stay in Philadelphia was financially unsuccessful and it disbanded shortly thereafter. The name of the ensemble was adopted by a Philadelphia organization in 1856. Conducted by Carl Sentz, Charles Schmitz, and William Stoll, Jr., this new Germania Orchestra was incorporated in 1860 and disbanded in 1895. About one half its members continued playing in the Henry Thunder Orchestra, all of which was incorporated into the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Compositions by Lenschow in the Collection

Item No.TitleImprintPlate No.Illustration
Box 36
no. 4
Bachelors Polka : for the piano / composed and dedicated to the Junior Bachelors Association of Philada. by Professor C. Lenschow, Director of the Germania Musical Society Philadelphia : Lee & Walker, 1849 681.4 None
Box 14
no. 7
Beauregard's March / composed for the piano by Chas. Lenschow. Baltimore : Miller & Beacham, 1861 3365 Color: two crossed United States flags
Box 36a
no. 46
The Wedding Polka : opus 21 [Opus 20 in caption] / composed for, and respectfully inscribed to Miss Buckler by Charles Lenschow, Director of the Germania Musical Society Baltimore : W. C. Peters, 1850 1443-4 Small scene of a wedding ceremony


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