Theo A. Metz

Mar 17, 2018

I recently discovered that Theo A. Metz, composer of the classic "There'll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight," is surprisingly little known outside of his one major hit. In fact, I couldn't even find a good list of his compositions anywhere online. I searched various sites for an hour or two and eventually managed to compile a (mostly) complete list of works, which, since I have nowhere else to post it, and since he was a ragtime composer, I'm going to put here.

List of Works by Theo A. Metz (with links to available music)

Get Your Lamps Lit! (1895) (Available from the Lester S. Levy Sheet Music Collection at Johns Hopkins University: http://levysheetmusic.mse.jhu.edu/collection/061/028a )

Sweeter Than the Rest (1895) (Unavailable as far as I know, but was sold on Amazon recently)

A Hot Time in the Old Town (1896) (Available everywhere -- link here from the Charles Templeton Sheet Music Collection at Mississippi State University: http://digital.library.msstate.edu/cdm/ref/collection/SheetMusic/id/26037 )

My Love For You Is True (n.d.) (Unavailable; only mentioned on the cover of “Do Your Honey Do,” existence unverified)

Do Your Honey Do (1897) (Johns Hopkins: http://levysheetmusic.mse.jhu.edu/collection/140/109 )

The Klondike March of the Gold Miners (1897) (Johns Hopkins: http://levysheetmusic.mse.jhu.edu/collection/177/058 )

Walk Baby Walk (1897) (Sheet music unavailable, but RagtimeDorianHenry made a video of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJwjgAeEJxM )

Give Cinda the Cake (1898) (Instrumental version from Johns Hopkins: http://levysheetmusic.mse.jhu.edu/collection/170/169 ; song version from New York Public Library: https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e0-c0a3-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99 )

A Hot Coon From Klondike (1898) (Not online, but available in print from the E. Azalia Hackley Memorial Collection of the Detroit Public Library)

The Song They Sang at Santiago (1898) (Johns Hopkins: http://levysheetmusic.mse.jhu.edu/collection/086/096 )

A Warm Baby (n.d.) (Unavailable, but mentioned on the cover of "Fiddling Silas," as well as online in several places)

Fiddling Silas (1899) (Not currently available [sold on Ebay recently], but RagtimeDorianHenry made a video of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VswgW6KH2Iw )

A Hot Meeting [erroneously called “A Meeting Hot” by many sources] (1900) (Unavailable, but RagtimeDorianHenry made a video of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQuUTU8v7Gs )

Indian Smoke Dance (1919) (Available in print from the Dorothy Hansen Collection of the Booth Library at Eastern Illinois University; sold on Ebay recently; incipit printed in Across the Hot Sands by George L. Cobb [Maine Music Box]: https://digitalcommons.library.umaine.edu/mmb-ps/1496/ )

Those are all the compositions I could find by him, but if anyone discovers any more, please let me know.


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