Mystery of century old music continues

BACK in May the Byron Shire News asked readers to help us find out the story behind two pieces of sheet music dating from 1914 that had been unearthed 15 years ago at a garage sale by Lennox Head local Rob Greenlaw.

Mr Greenlaw is a wards man at St Vincent's Hospital and one of the pieces was fittingly titled "The Nurses March". The other piece is called "Australia has been there".

The BSN arranged to have the Nurses March performed by well-known Bangalow musician and teacher Margaret Curtis.

Ms Curtis brought the pieces to life beautifully and now possibly for the first time in 100 years you can see the song performed here.

"Both musical scores have hand-drawn covers and the paper is water marked NSW State Government 1914-15," said Mr Greenlaw.

"It was very special to hear the music played for the first time."

The Nurses March appears to have been composed by someone known as "M.J.M." and the name Monica is written on the front cover.

This suggests Monica may have been the original owner or composer of the music.

Ms Curtis said it was wonderful to be given the opportunity to bring the music back to life.

"It has some charming key changes," she said. "It definitely sounds typical of its time."

If anyone can shed light on the music's provenance call the Byron Shire News on: 6685 2100

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