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Music for Download

Below are some musical excerpts from some American operas. Files in Finale format can be viewed or printed with the free Finale Reader, available from Finale Music.

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Souvenirs from American Opera
A collection of sometimes hard-to-find early recordings of American opera music. Low fidelity but full of historical and musical interest.

Reginald De Koven (1859 - 1920)

Robin Hood (1890)

Piano-Vocal Score

A new edition of the piano-vocal score, prepared by usopera.com

1. Overture: Finale | PDF

2. Tis the morning of the fair: Finale | PDF

8. When a peer makes love to a damsel fair: Finale | PDF

12. And it's will ye quaff with me (Song of Brown October Ale): Finale | PDF

13. Oh promise me: Finale | PDF

19. Let hammer on anvil ring: Finale | PDF

23. When life seems made of pains and pangs: Finale | PDF

The Canterbury Pilgrims (1917)

Piano-vocal score

Scanned pages from the original 1916 public domain score

1. Overture and Act One: PDF

Frederick Shepherd Converse (1871 - 1940)

The Pipe of Desire (1906)

Piano-vocal score

A new edition of the piano-vocal score, prepared by usopera.com

Part 1. Overture and opening chorus: Finale | PDF


The complete libretto, in a new edition by usopera.com

Text | HTML

Walter Damrosch (1862 - 1950)

Cyrano (1913)

"Messieurs . . . Oh, woo a woman not"

Recitative and aria for soprano, from the public domain piano-vocal score of 1913