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Accession # SRM1994-5

Sheet music


Following the Texas Revolution or the Texas War for Independence, which ended in 1836, Texans created their own patriotic lyrics for “Will you come to the Bower?”, a popular frontier love song that came from Irish folk music. The Texian troops reportedly marched to the song at the Battle of San Jacinto. The song became known as “The Invitation” and “The San Jacinto Quickstep,” both names alluding to the success of the Battle of San Jacinto. The song was proclaimed the “national song of the Republic of Texas.” This sheet music has an inscription, which reads: “The Texian Grand March, for the Piano Forte, Respectfully dedicated to General Houston, and his brave Companions in Arms, by Edwin Meyrick.” It was published in 1836 in New York by Firth & Hall.

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