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Aloha 'Oe

Posted: Sat May 26, 2018 11:38 pm
by Dave
I found this zither arrangement while looking through an ancient box of sheet music from the San Francisco Zither Club. Thought others would like to see it too, so I'm posting it here. Enjoy!

Re: Aloha 'Oe

Posted: Mon May 28, 2018 9:54 am
by kenbloom
The first time that Hawaiian musicians were heard on the mainland was at the Seattle Exhibition in 1909. They caused a sensation. When they played Aloha 'Oe the audience would not let them go until they had played it at least 4 times. This phenomenon had not been seen since the 1840's when the Virginia Minstrels played Dixie with the same result. It is significant that this music comes from a club in San Francisco. The Hawaiian craze started on the West Coast and that continued to be its center until the 1950's. It's a nice arrangement and thank you Dave for presenting it here.

Ken Bloom

Re: Aloha 'Oe

Posted: Mon May 28, 2018 5:07 pm
by Dave
That's great info, thank you Ken! To my surprise, there was a zither II as well, so I've added it as an attachment to the original post.



Re: Aloha 'Oe

Posted: Mon May 28, 2018 7:18 pm
by jbug_zither
Thank you, Dave, for the music! I hope to be back onto scanning the sheet music from my mother-in-law in the near future ;)


Re: Aloha 'Oe

Posted: Tue May 29, 2018 2:51 am
by Musicmaker
Thank you Dave.
What a lovely thing to see again.
A hand written piece of music.
It has so much charm.
It is not easy to write music that looks professional without a lot of practice.
My father at one time was a bandmaster and i remember him composing and arranging pieces fir full military band and orchestra in Singapore. ( radio Singapore ) in the 60s.
They used to call the art of writing the music for each instrument " dry knacking ".
He would often be up all night doing it.
Lovely to see.
Thank you.
Ps ....i note they have included the fingering as well!
Nice one.

Re: Aloha 'Oe

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 1:48 pm
by Andy
Hey folks,

I’ve been working on putting some of the older zither music I have into MuseScore so I can convert them from treble clef to bass clef. It also makes it easy to print the older music and keep it all in one binder. I decided to plug Aloha Oe in the other day to see what it sounds like and to have a copy that isn’t hand written. Its a pretty song! I’ve attached the PDF for anyone who wants a bass clef copy and a link to an mp3 of the program playing it for anyone who wants to hear. ... e.mp3?dl=0

- Andy

Re: Aloha 'Oe

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 2:20 pm
by Evelyn
Many thanks for this, Andy. As nice as it is to see a hand-written piece of music (I've downloaded it a while ago), your pdf is so much easier to read.