Henry Clay Work  (1832-1884)
Last updated: 19.01.22
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.

Henry Clay Work  (1832-1884) has at least 2 item(s) at the Amazons which you can order on-line by clicking the item's order icon.
Grandfather's Clock
Music by: Henry Clay Work.
Perf. by: Christy Minstrels
Publisher: Ashdown & Parry
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Printed: 1876. Sheet Music.
Watching For Pa
Music by: Henry Clay Work.
Perf. by: Christy Minstrels
Publisher: Root & Cady
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Printed: 1863. Sheet Music.
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  DBE MP3 Sample   
audiodbemp315.gif Marching Through Georgia (1865) T/T/T+B/B/GB(B) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens. (perf.)
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audiomidi15.gif Marching Through Georgia (1865) Midi Colin McDonald
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Brass Music CDs:
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Jazz Music CDs:
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Ragtime Music CDs:
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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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url15.gif Grandfather's Clock Henry Clay Work (words & music)
G. Formby Sr. (perf.)
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pdf15.gif Babylon Is Fallen!(w&m) Piano, Voice Greer wvicon.gif
pdf15.gif Come Home, Father (1864)(w&m) Piano, Voice IMSLP Pub.
pdf15.gif Grandfather's Clock (1876)(w&m) Piano, Voice IMSLP Pub.
pdf15.gif Marching Through Georgia(w&m) Piano, Voice Greer Pub.
pdf15.gif Nellie Lost and Found(w&m) Piano, Voice Greer Pub.
pdf15.gif Ring the Bell, Watchman! (1865)(w&m) Piano, Voice IMSLP Pub.
pdf15.gif Watching For Pa (1850)(w&m) Piano, Voice IMSLP wvicon.gif
This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 52 works by Henry Clay Work (1832-1884). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Keys: ER pdf15.gif (w&m)
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Watching For Pa (w&m) 1850 Christy Minstrels (perf.)  wvicon.gif pdf15.gif
We Are Coming, Sister Mary 1853  wvicon.gif
Lilly-Willy-Woken 1855  wvicon.gif
Brave Boys Are They! 1861  wvicon.gif
Grandmother Told Me So 1861  wvicon.gif
Lost on the Lady Elgin 1861  wvicon.gif
Our Captain's Last Words 1861  wvicon.gif
God Save the Nation 1862  wvicon.gif
Grafted Into the Army 1862  wvicon.gif
How Are You Telegraph! 1862
Kingdom Coming! 1862  wvicon.gif
Little Major 1862  wvicon.gif
Uncle Joe's Hail Columbia 1862  wvicon.gif
We'll Go Down Ourselves 1862  wvicon.gif
Babylon Is Fallen! 1863  wvicon.gif pdf15.gif
Days When We Were Young, The 1863  wvicon.gif
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Girls at Home, The 1863  wvicon.gif
Nellie Lost and Found 1863  wvicon.gif pdf15.gif
Sleeping For the Flag 1863
Song of a Thousand Years 1863  wvicon.gif
Watching For Pa 1863 Christy Minstrels (perf.)  amazon15.gif wvicon.gif
Come Home, Father (w&m) 1864  wvicon.gif pdf15.gif
Corporal Schnapps 1864  wvicon.gif
Wake Nicodemus 1864  wvicon.gif
Washington and Lincoln 1864
Just Before the Battle Mother 1865  wvicon.gif
Marching Through Georgia 1865  wvicon.gif pdf15.gif audiomidi15.gif
Marching Through Georgia - Song 1865  wvicon.gif
Now Moses 1865  wvicon.gif
Ring the Bell, Watchman! (w&m) 1865  wvicon.gif pdf15.gif
Tis Finished 1865  wvicon.gif
Andy Veto 1866  wvicon.gif
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Lillie of the Snowstorm 1866  wvicon.gif
Poor Kitty Popcorn 1866  wvicon.gif
Who Shall Rule This American Nation? 1866  wvicon.gif
Come Back to the Farm! 1867  wvicon.gif
Crossing the Grand Sierras 1870  wvicon.gif
Take Them Away! They'll Drive Me Crazy 1871  wvicon.gif
Grandfather's Clock (w&m) 1876 G. Formby Sr. (perf.)
Christy Minstrels (perf.)
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Used-Up Joe 1876  wvicon.gif
King Bibler's Army 1877  wvicon.gif
Shadows on the Floor 1877 Jennie Morgan (perf.)  wvicon.gif
Sequel to Grandfather's Clock 1878  wvicon.gif
Ship That Never Returned, The 1884  wvicon.gif
Bring the Good Old Bugle, Boys 1885
Beautiful Rose ?
Buckskin Bag of Gold ?
Columbia's Guardian Angels ?
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Dad's a Millionaire ?
First Love Dream ?
Phantom Footsteps ?
Touch the Sleeping Strings Again ?
     Title Dur Performer Composer Score/Song
youtube15.jpg Grandfather's Clock 2:23 Burl Ives H.C. Work  Grandfather's Clock