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

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Within a few squares of Stephen's boarding house there were four music stores selling pianos, string and wind instruments; with one of them advertising a stock of 80,000 pieces of sheet music.1 Several schools of music offered instruction. The local musical group of pro­fessionals included teachers such as Professor U. C. Hill, "late President of the Philharmonic Society and Conductor of the Sacred Music Society, New York/'2 and Professor Charles Aikin, supervisor of music in the public schools;3 and vocal and instrumental artists such as Madame Scheidler, Messrs. Scheidler, Runge, Tosso and Pond.4 Foreign artists oc­casionally made extended stays in the city: Madame Ablamowicz, Madame Knoop, Mad­ame Biscaccianti, and Madame Anna feishop.4
In addition to the performance of music, Cincinnati was a center for its publication. The Gazette reported as follows :5
The book publishing business has increased very fast in this city within a few years, but the publishing of music is outstripping it. There are now three music publishing houses here, one of which (Peters & Field's) is the most extensive concern in the United States—with only two excep­tions. P. & F. have four music presses engaged on their work, and two litho­graphic presses. The former they run

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