Resources in the Concertina Library for Richard Blagrove.
Fantasia on English Airs for the Concertina
by Richard Blagrove
Fantasia on English Airs for the Concertina. With Piano-Forte Accompaniment.
Introducing "The Curly Headed Ploughboy", "The Banks of Allan Water",
"Cherry Ripe", & "The Roast Beef of Old England".
Composed & Dedicated to his Pupil Arthur G. Theed, Esq.
by Richard Blagrove.
London, C. Wheatstone & Co., Inventors and Patentees of the Concertina.
20, Conduit St., Regent St., W. Where may be had all Mr. Richard Blagrove's compositions.
Price 6d. [No date. 11 pages.]
Posted 15 November 2005
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Richard Blagrove Portrait
Portrait of Richard Blagrove from the studio of Debenham & Gabell, 158 Regent Street, London.
Inscribed "Faithfully yours, Richard M. Blagrove".
Posted 15 November 2005
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Bibliographical Note on Blagrove, Instruction Book
by Randall C. Merris
Bibliographic reference (only) in Randall C. Merris, Instruction Manuals
for the English, Anglo, and Duet Concertina: An Annotated Bibliography:
Blagrove, Richard Manning,
Instruction Book for the Study of the Concertina, Comprising
Elementary and Progressive Exercises.
London: Cramer, Wood & Co., 1864 (through the 3rd,
rev. ed., J. B. Cramer & Co., c. 1903).
“Blagrove (1826/27-1895) was a major figure among classical concertina
performers and arrangers. He was a member of the
Case-Blagrove-Regondi-Sedgwick quartet (founded in 1844), gave hundreds
of concertina recitals, including one in 1868 at
Windsor Castle at the invitation of Queen Victoria, and actively commissioned
chamber music for the instrument.
Blagrove’s father (also Richard) and brothers, Henry Gamble and William,
were well-known violinists; see Atlas, The
Wheatstone English Concertina, especially Chapters 4-6, and on the family,
The New Grove Dictionary of Music and
Musicians, 2nd ed., ed. Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell
(London: Macmillan, 2001) 3, 670-671.” (Full tutor not available.)
Posted 01 April 2003
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© Copyright 2000– by Robert Gaskins
Richard Blagrove, in a portrait by Debenham & Gabell, London
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The Lachenal Sisters Visit Edinburgh, 1865–1866
by Robert Gaskins
At Christmas of 1865–1866, three young daughters of the late Louis Lachenal gave a
series of concerts in Edinburgh introducing “concerted music” played
on treble, tenor, and bass concertinas. We think this was also exactly the period when
Lachenal & Co. had lost their contract to manufacture concertinas for Wheatstone,
making it important to publicize Lachenal’s own brand.
Based on clippings from The Scotsman newspaper, Edinburgh, notices of
concerts and reviews, October 1865 through January 1866.
Posted 01 February 2005
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Marie Lachenal: Concertinist
- by Faye Debenham and Randall C. Merris
New photographs, genealogical data, and information about
Marie Lachenal, eldest of Louis Lachenal’s daughters,
and about her family life as the wife of the photographer Edwin Debenham.
First published in
PICA [Papers of the International Concertina Association], Vol. 2 (2005), pp. 1–17.
The web version adds large colour photographs and additional information which
has been discovered since the text went to print.
- Posted 15 November 2005
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