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About this collection

The Basile Barès Collection contains sheet music, photographs, and correspondence relating to African-American Composer, and New Orleans Native, Basile Jean Barès (Jan. 4, 1845-Sept. 4, 1902).

 

19th Century New Orleans boasted several opera companies, numerous theatres and concert halls, over a dozen music-publishing firms, and scores of composers—some local, others drawn to the city from across the United States and Europe. Basile Jean Barès was unique among his contemporaries in that he was born into slavery, having been raised in the household of Adolphe Périer, the proprietor of a piano and music emporium. Barès was prolific in his performances, even traveling to Paris several times on business and, in 1867, performed, as a pianist, at the Paris World Exposition. Barès would become one of the most popular musicians in Reconstruction-era New Orleans, his career exemplifying the attempt of Creoles of color to promote racial integration.

 

Although the Basile Barès Collection contains sheet music found also in other New Orleans respositiores, its chief importance is that it contains the only known photographs of Basile Barès, including two taken in Paris, France. Also, this Collection contains one of the only known unpublished works in manuscript by Barès, "Los Campanillas." The piece had been previously performed by Peter Collins on his album "Music of Basile Barès," released in 2007, but this manuscript is the only known physical copy in existence.  

 

This Collection is the only grouping of Barès materials to include items other than sheet music, and the only one to include actual signatures of the composer. In short, the collection is small but extremely rare. 

 

Image Identifiers (ie. 001.01.A.1.001) are Organized by: Box, Series, Sub-Series, Folder, Item. 

Click on any of the Folders below to see items in the Collection.

 

Box I 
Series 1 - Basile Barès Collection
            Item 3 - Mamie Waltz, 1880
            Item 4 - Regina Waltz, 1881
 
 
 
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