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His Life And Background In Cincinnati 1846 - 1850 by Raymond Walters

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Plantation Melodies                 61
The leading companies were Christy's Min­strels which had two separate engagements in Cincinnati in November 1846/ and again in August 1847;4 the Sable Harmonists, whose success was so great that they had March, April, and September appearances oi three days to a week in 1847,5 and likewise in August 18486 and in August 1849;7 and the Empire Minstrels who achieved a record of 59 performances in October, November and December 1849.8 Other companies of less fame appearing in Cincinnati in the years Stephen was there included the Sable Trouba­dours,9 "Kneass' Great Original Sable Har­monists,"10 "Daddy Rice/'11 and Campbell's Minstrels.12
There is a florid sameness in the newspaper references to these performances—probably due to press agent authorship. Here is a sample: "To those who have not had the pleasure of hearing them [the Sable Harmo­nists] we would remark that if they neglect the present opportunity they will miss one of the finest musical banquets of the day."13 A report clearly not supplied by a press agent was that of the Atlas, declaring that "the music of Kneass' Ethiopian Band on Thursday night was admirable. Some people think it is a vulgar taste, but vulgar or not we like the melodies of these Ethiopian singers/'14

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