Lot 745: German composer and bandmaster (1844-1929) sent to Hawaii to conduct the king's band. Enamored with the land and people, he became a naturalized citizen and took it upon himself to record traditional Hawaiian hymns, chants, and other music in print to ensure their survival. Autograph musical manuscript, titled and signed at the top, "Hymn of Kamehameha I, H. Berger," one page, 7.75 x 12.5, November 6, 1875. Berger pens the song in four two-line systems containing a total of 32 bars of music and lyrics. The lyrics were originally developed by King David Kalakaua, who Berger credits at the bottom as "David M. Kahanonesi, Re Kai Hanola." Fragile, with moderate overall foxing and toning, and partial separations to horizontal folds, otherwise very good condition. This piece, better known as 'Hawai'i Pono'i,' became the Hawaiian National Anthem and today remains the state anthem.
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Friday, 23rd October 2015
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