"A Signal from Mars March and Two-Step," 1901

Summary

The concept of "life on Mars" did not begin in tabloid magazines. In 1877, when astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli’s Mars report was translated into English, one word--canali--was misinterpreted to mean "canal." The idea of intelligent Martian lifeforms was influenced by this misunderstanding. This music documents the rise of "Mars Fever" and its impact upon popular, artistic and scientific cultures.

The concept of "life on Mars" did not begin in tabloid magazines. In 1877, when astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli’s Mars report was translated into English, one word--canali--was misinterpreted to mean "canal." The idea of intelligent Martian lifeforms was influenced by this misunderstanding. This music documents the rise of "Mars Fever" and its impact upon popular, artistic and scientific cultures.

Artifact

Sheet music

Date Made

1901

Creators

Paull, E. T., 1858-1924 

Taylor, Raymond (Composer) 

E. T. Paull Music Co. 

Place of Creation

United States, New York, New York 

Creator Notes

By Raymond Taylor. Arranged by E. T. Paull. Published by E. T. Paull Music Co., New York, New York.

Collection Title

Music Sheet Collection 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

2016.56.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Printing (Process)

Color

Multicolored

Dimensions

Height: 13.75 in

Width: 10.5 in

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