Led by violinist, Wallace Hartley, the heroism of the ships' musicians has achieved legendary status. These selfless souls played to keep the passengers calm as Titanic literally sank beneath their feet, taking with it all of their lives.
Wallace's body was the only one of the musicians to be recovered, by the Mackay-Bennett almost two weeks after the sinking. Several press reports confirmed that Wallace was found "fully dressed with his music case strapped to his body".
Inside that case was his violin (a gift from his fiancée, Maria Robinson) and a leather valise, containing his sheet music.
One of his favourite compositions was the Starland Intermezzo by Will G. Markwith and this was one of the pieces inside his valise.
We are honoured to offer the sheet music for the woodwind section, 1st cornet, that would've accompanied Wallace in a performance of this piece. We can only guess when they would have performed it; maybe during dinner on Saturday 14th April? Who knows.....
In remarkably well-preserved condition, this sheet of music is presented in a specially-commissioned folder and comes with a letter of provenance from White Star Memories, who purchased this highly emotive artefact from the world's leading Titanic & White Star Line auction company; Henry Aldridge & Son, fully authenticating it.
An incredibly rare investment opportunity.
( Image 3 of the book that was recovered with his body from the Atlantic in which this sheet music came from, Image 4 is Hartley's fiancée, Maria Robinson and image 5 is Wallace Hartley with the Nelson Congregational Orchestra in 1908, where he played 1st violin. Neither image is included in this sale and are for display purposes only)