Henry Clay Work  (1832-1884)
Last updated: 28.08.18
Henry Clay Work was an American songwriter and composer of popular songs, born in Middletown, Connecticut and died in Hartford. He was educated in Illinois but later returned to Connecticut taking an apprenticeship as a printer. Self-taught in music and poetry, he is reported to have composed directly whilst typesetting without a manuscript or resorting to a piano. He wrote a large number of patriotic songs during the Civil War, the best known being of course Marching Through Georgia (1865), which later became a jazz standard. His Grandfather's Clock (1876) is known throughout the English-speaking world ever since (and by-the-way, one this old codger's childhood favourites). Another of his songs to a achieve widespread popularity was Ring the Bell, Watchman! (1865) which with a change of lyrics became the almost Australian national anthem Click go the Shears. It was also taken up by English and Scandinavian seamen as Strike the bell.
Besides his music, Work was also an inventor patenting diverse machinations such as a rotary engine, a knitting machine and a walking doll. It is written that he was probably one of only a few of the truly original American popular song composers to invent American popular music style influencing the succeeding generations of songwriters.

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Ragtime Music CDs:
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Brass Music CDs:
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Item Title Available €     £     $     Other
DBE620 Marching Through Georgia (1865) - March & Two Step
T/T/T+B/B/GB(B), approx. 2¾ mins.
1-2 days
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This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 51 works by Henry Clay Work (1832-1884). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Key: Items on hold

We Are Coming, Sister Mary (1853) wvicon.gif
Now Moses (1865) wvicon.gif
Lilly-Willy-Woken (1855) wvicon.gif
Ring the Bell, Watchman! (1865) wvicon.gif
Brave Boys Are They! (1861) wvicon.gif
Tis Finished (1865) wvicon.gif
Grandmother Told Me So (1861) wvicon.gif
Andy Veto (1866) wvicon.gif
Lost on the Lady Elgin (1861) wvicon.gif
Lillie of the Snowstorm (1866) wvicon.gif
Our Captain's Last Words (1861) wvicon.gif
Poor Kitty Popcorn (1866) wvicon.gif
God Save the Nation (1862) wvicon.gif
Who Shall Rule This American Nation? (1866) wvicon.gif
Grafted Into the Army (1862) wvicon.gif
Come Back to the Farm! (1867) wvicon.gif
How Are You Telegraph! (1862)
Crossing the Grand Sierras (1870) wvicon.gif
Kingdom Coming! (1862) wvicon.gif
Take Them Away! They'll Drive Me Crazy (1871) wvicon.gif
Little Major (1862) wvicon.gif
Grandfather's Clock (1876) wvicon.gif
Uncle Joe's Hail Columbia (1862) wvicon.gif
Used-Up Joe (1876) wvicon.gif
We'll Go Down Ourselves (1862) wvicon.gif
King Bibler's Army (1877) wvicon.gif
Babylon Is Fallen! (1863) wvicon.gif
Shadows on the Floor (1877) wvicon.gif
The Days When We Were Young (1863) wvicon.gif
Sequel to Grandfather's Clock (1878) wvicon.gif
The Girls at Home (1863) wvicon.gif
The Ship That Never Returned (1884) wvicon.gif
Nellie Lost and Found (1863) wvicon.gif
Bring the Good Old Bugle, Boys (1885)
Sleeping For the Flag (1863)
Beautiful Rose (?)
Song of a Thousand Years (1863) wvicon.gif
Buckskin Bag of Gold (?)
Watching For Pa (1863) wvicon.gif
Columbia's Guardian Angels (?)
Come Home, Father (1864) wvicon.gif
Dad's a Millionaire (?)
Corporal Schnapps (1864) wvicon.gif
First Love Dream (?)
Wake Nicodemus (1864) wvicon.gif
Phantom Footsteps (?)
Just Before the Battle Mother (1865) wvicon.gif
Touch the Sleeping Strings Again (?)
Marching Through Georgia (1865) wvicon.gif
Washington and Lincoln (?)
Marching Through Georgia - Song (1865) wvicon.gif