Featured Vermont Sheet Music

The sheet music, videos, and authors explored here are featured in Forget-Me-Not Vermont.

Little Brown Jug Song and Chorus

Composed by Joseph Eastburn Winner
Published by J.E. Winner, Philadelphia, PA, 1869
Llewellyn Collection of Vermont History, 
Champlain College Special Collections, 2010.1.12
Little Brown Jug Song and Chorus
Performed By Purposeful Dissonance and Tom Cleary

Only a Bunch of Forget-Me-Nots

Composed by Lena B. Cole
Published by Mrs. C. L. Cole, Rutland, Vermont, 1904
Llewellyn Collection of Vermont History, 
Champlain College Special Collections, 2010.1.55
Only a Bunch of Forget-Me-Nots
Performed By Purposeful Dissonance and Tom Cleary

The Green Hills of Vermont I Love So Well

Composed by Mary A. Coursey and Geo. L. Hasseltine
Published by Champlain Music Co., Bristol, Vermont, 1904
Llewellyn Collection of Vermont History, 
Champlain College Special Collections, 2010.1.18
The Green Hills of Vermont I Love So Well
Performed By Purposeful Dissonance and Tom Cleary

Uh Huh (Meaning Yes)

Composed by Pauline M. Arnold and Gladys M. Turner 
Published by Pauline M. Arnold, Burlington, Vermont, 1955
Llewellyn Collection of Vermont History, 
Champlain College Special Collections, 2010.1.68
Uh Huh (Meaning Yes)
Performed By Samantha Boyer and Tom Cleary

That Young Man Across the Way: Song and Chorus

Composed by Miss Katie Belle Wichmann and Edward Mack 
Published by Edward M. Read, Burlington, Vermont, 1874 
Llewellyn Collection of Vermont History, 
Champlain College Special Collections, 2010.1.65
That Young Man Across the Way
Performed By Samantha Boyer and Tom Cleary

Keep Cool and Keep Coolidge

Composed by Ida Cheever Goodwin, Bruce Harper, and Claude Lapham
Published by Home Town Coolidge Club, Plymouth, Vermont, 1924
Local History Collection, 
Champlain College Special Collections, 2019.7.1

Coolidge and Dawes for the Nation’s Cause: Official Campaign Song

Composed by Zeph Fitz-Gerald
Published by Coolidge & Dawes, Chicago, Illinois, 1924
Local History Collection, 
Champlain College Special Collections, 2019.7.2

Silver Lake March and Two-Step

Composed by Samuel Thomas
Published by Samuel Thomas, Passumpsic, Vermont, 1911
Llewellyn Collection of Vermont History, 
Champlain College Special Collections, 2010.1.60

Bachelor’s Dream Idylle Waltz

Composed by  Julius E. Muller and E. Mack
Published by Edward M. Read, Burlington, Vermont
Llewellyn Collection of Vermont History, 
Champlain College Special Collections, 2010.1.5

Three Cheers For Old Vermont

Composed by Mrs. C.L. Cole and G.W. Ashley
Published by Kellette Music Publisher, West Haven, Connecticut, 1908
Llewellyn Collection of Vermont History, 
Champlain College Special Collections, 2010.1.72

More About the Composers

Pauline Marie Arnold (1911–2003) 

Pauline Arnold of Burlington, Vermont composed at least five popular songs in the 1950s, three in collaboration with Gladys Turner. A native of Quebec, Canada, Arnold lived in Burlington for most of her adult life, first on South Winooski Avenue and then on Ledge Road. She wrote and published sheet music while raising her three children. Later, she and her husband John Arnold Jr. managed a real estate agency together.

Gladys Mae Turner (1891–1965)

Burlington, Vermont organist and piano teacher Gladys Turner co-authored several popular songs with Pauline Arnold. Turner composed the music to If I Can’t Stop The Sun From Shining (1954), Uh Huh (Meaning Yes) (1955), and Won’t You Have An Ice Cream Soda With Me (1959), copies of which are located in the Champlain College Special Collections. A New Hampshire native, Turner served as the organist of the First Congregational Church in Burlington.

Justin Morgan (1747–1798)

Justin Morgan was born in Massachusetts but later moved to Vermont where he became known for composing music and teaching singing. His music was often direct and religious in nature, including songs titled Amanda (1791) and Despair (1791). When he was not writing music, he was breeding horses and created the Morgan Horse breed. The Morgan Horse is still a well-known breed to this day.

Lena B. Cole (1883–1963)

Lena B. Cole was an early 20th-century songwriter and Vermont native.  Born in Middlebury in 1883 as Lena Grover, she married Curtis Cole in 1902 and had at least three children.  She divorced Curtis in 1920 but it was during her first marriage where she wrote Only a Bunch of Forget Me Nots and Three Cheers for Old Vermont.  She was also listed as the publisher of her own music while living in Rutland. She married Frank Lawrence in 1920 and lived in Brattleboro until her death in 1963. 

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