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Robert G. Morse and Up The Street March

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Robert Gorham Morse (1874-1965) was an American musician, composer, and mining engineer.  Born on August 23, 1874, in Jamaica Plain, MA, a neighborhood of Boston, the son of the Robert McNeil Morse and Anna Eliza (Gorham) Morse, he was educated at the Belmont School in Belmont, MA, and W. H. Nichols’ School in Boston.  Morse studied music at Harvard; graduating in 1896.  During his time at Harvard, he composed a march entitled “Up the Street” first for piano duet in 1895. The title came from Morse’s habit of seeking a pleasant evening with friends “up the street” from his residence in Cambridge, MA.  He also studied mining at Columbia School of Mines and was employed by several steel manufacturing companies during his lifetime.  In 1901, he provided several numbers for the musical extravaganza “My Lady” which appeared on Broadway.  He later orchestrated and published “Up The Street March,” with the original sheet music apparently appearing in 1915.  On May 15, 1939, Leroy Anderson conducted at another annual “Harvard Night” concert at which he led the Boston Pops Orchestra in “Die Fledermaus Overture” by Johann Strauss, Jr., the premiere of Anderson’s “Harvard Sketches”, and “Up the Street March” by Robert G. Morse, arranged by Anderson.   In 1944 and 1945, Robert G. Morse is credited with performing as a Councillor in a play entitled “Catherine Was Great.”  This may or may not be the same individual as the composer; there are other references to a professional actor named “Robert Morse.”  In 1946 Robert G. Morse returned to Harvard for his 50th class reunion and was honored for his Up the Street March which he had written while as a student at Harvard. The march is played very often at reunions at Harvard.  Morse died at Marblehead, MA, on April 6, 1965.

My collection includes the following work by Robert G. Morse:

Up The Street March

—material selected, adapted, and edited from several different sources

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