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There's Music in the Air






Composer: George F. Root (1820 – 1895)

Lyricist: Frances Jane Crosby (1820 – 1915)

Arranged by Ruth Randle





     Although he wrote over 500 compositions in his lifetime, relatively few folks in the world of music today are familiar with the music of George F. Root. He wrote about various topics of contemporary interest, with emphasis on hymns, classical cantatas, Victorian tearjerkers, Civil War tunes, and even several “minstrel songs” and presidential campaign tunes. His minstrel melodies were apparently written under his pseudonym of Wurzel, German for “Root”. “There’s Music In the Air” is unusual among his compositions, and one of his most popular. It is happy and has a sprightly tempo, unlike most of his music. 


     The greatest impetus for supply and demand of popular music in America really began about 1890 with the era of Tin Pan Alley and the proliferation of publishing houses. This was about five years before George Root died, so he can be described as “a man slightly before his time”. Further details of his life and music can be read from the link listed below.




     Frances Jane "Fanny" Crosby (1820-1915) was an American hymn writer and poetess who wrote over 8000 hymns during her life, including such favorites as “Blessed Assurance”. Blinded at the age of 6 weeks by a “quack” physician who prescribed hot mustard poultices when her eyes became inflamed from a simple cold, as she grew up she accepted her lot cheerfully as a part of God’s will for her life.


     In 1851, George F. Root, a music teacher in the New York Institute for the Blind, and important in the development of music in America, wrote an air for which he needed words. Fanny supplied them so acceptably that they collaborated in about sixty songs. All had a wide circulation; some became the most successful songs of the period. Among them were “There's Music in the Air,” “Hazel Dell,” “Rosalie, the Prairie Flower and “Bird of the North.


     In this piece, note that the last two lines of music for each verse are repeated (as shown by the “repeat symbol” at the beginning of measure 9). As indicated in the old sheet music from which she arranged it, Ruth suggests the repeat be played softly, “like an echo”. (You can hear this in the MIDI file.) This music really begs to be sung.




Download links to files:

 Music in the Air PDF file - music and lyrics


Music In The Air.tef TablEdit file - music


Music in the Air.MID MIDI file, created from tablature


Music in the Air PD.mid NOT from tablature, this  MIDI-sequenced piano version of the tune demonstrates the haunting, "echo-like" repeat of the chorus.


There’s Music In the Air text rev1.doc



Links to history:







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