Why do people collect sheet music? There are several reasons why. First and foremost, all of us have a favorite song. No matter what walk of life you are from, you have at least one song that brings back memories of days gone by. Whether the memories are good or bad, the song has still become a part of your history.
Many people collect sheet music, especially from the early 1900's, because of the beautiful artwork on the front covers. There were many artists that worked for different music publishing companies, and some of these artists also went on to design for Walt Disney, and other very well known companies. If you examine the cover of many of these old pieces of sheet music, you will be able to find where the artist signed the artwork. This always increases the value of the piece to a collector. You will find names like Starmer, Pfeffer, Barbelle, and the mysterious "Rosebud" signature, which is generally thought to be the work of several different artists that worked for Harry Rosenbaum. This mark usually consists of a rose shape within a circle, with several different variations on the basic symbol, because of the different artists involved.
The music of the late 1800's and very early 1900's are sometimes collected for the style of printing on the covers. These earliest pieces usually had very ornately lettered front covers, using different fonts and line graphics that are highly sought after by some areas of collectors. Not as beautiful to look at as far as the later Art-Deco styles, but still beautiful in their own way. Most were printed using only black ink on white paper, because the color printing process had not been developed well at the time.
Then you have the collectors that long for the "good old days", when families would gather around the piano in the family room, and sing the favorites of the time. Jazz and swing numbers, as well as waltzes are quite popular, especially if they have a photo of the artist that featured the song in a recording on the front cover.
I collect sheet music for all the reasons I have just discussed. The memories, the history of the writers and musicians, the period of history the songs represent, and of course the artwork on the covers are all an obsession with me!
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Laura Thykeson, of "Ice Originals II" ~ Collectibles, Jewelry and Artistic Designs" is an Artist and collector.Also a published poet,She works in oils, acrylics, enamels, ceramics, clay, makes jewelry, as well as colllecting. Well known as a local artist, her work is now all across the US, thanks to wholesalers. She is totally self-taught. Her love of collecting stems from her artistic view of the world.