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Keffer Collection of Sheet Music,
ca. 1790-1895

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Philadelphia Composers and Music Publishers: Joseph C. Taws

Joseph C. Taws, pianist and composer, was born in Philadelphia around 1803. His father, Charles Taws, was a piano and organ builder, and music publisher. Joseph Taws made his first public performance as a pianist in 1818. He was friends with, and possibly a student of Benjamin Carr. The two shared bachelor quarters with George Schetky until Schetky was married in 1823. Taws was also involved in the founding of the Musical Fund Society in 1820.

Compositions by Taws in the Collection

Item No.TitleImprintPlate No.Illustration
Box 5
no. 29
The Knighterrant : with variations for the piano forte / composed by Joseph C. Taws
Series: Carr's Musical Miscellany in Occasional Numbers, no. 69
Includes "Catalogue of music printed for Thomas Carr Baltimore and sold by B. Carr Philadelphia"
Philadelphia : B. Carr, 1821? None None
Box 30a
no. 56
My Home / the poetry by Wilfred ; music by J. C. Taws Philadelphia : G. Willig, 1825 None None
Box 1
no. 29
Welcome Fayette : a patriotic song / composed & respectfully dedicated to the American people by Joseph C. Taws New York : Dubois & Stodart, 1824 None None


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