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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Found a lot more:

Dear Face of Mother (1888) (Available in print from the San Francisco Public Library)

A Sweet And Simple Girl You See / Ta-ra-ra-boom-de-re (c. 1890) (Available in print from the British Library)

The Coon With the Big Top Knot (1890) (Available in print from the University of Michigan Music Library)

The Osgood March (1893) (Available in print from the University of Michigan William Clements Library)

Baby Loo (1893) (Available from Library of Congress: https://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=rpbaasm&fileName=0800/0808/rpbaasm0808page.db&recNum=0 )

Omene: Turkish Waltzes (1893) (Listed in catalog of pieces published by Witmark & sons: https://memory.loc.gov/service/gdc/scd0001/2012/20121121010co/20121121010co.pdf )

Love's Language (1895) (Available from New York Public Library: https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47de-15ed-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99#/?uuid=510d47de-15ed-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99 )

Al La Ga Zam (1897) (Available from New York Public Library: https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47de-1729-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99 )

Never Kiss a Girl Unless You Love Her (1897) (Available from New York Public Library: https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47de-180d-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99 )

I'm a Peach! (1897) (Available from Library of Congress: https://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=rpbaasm&fileName=0800/0809/rpbaasm0809page.db&recNum=0 )

When the Roses Are in Bloom (1898) (Available from New York Public Library: https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47df-f19f-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99 )

Dat Cake Belongs to Me and Liza (1898) (Available from Tulane University Digital Library: https://digitallibrary.tulane.edu/islandora/object/tulane:19077 )

Another Baby (1899) (Available in print from University of Colorado Boulder)

One Sweet Smile (1899) (Available in print from the University of Michigan William Clements Library)

It Can Never Be (1899) (Available in print from the Moody Memorial Library at Baylor University)

The Patroness (1901) (Available in print from the Chatfield Music Lending Library: https://selco.ent.sirsi.net/client/en_US/chatbnd/search/results?qu=the+patroness&lm=CHATBND_LIMIT&te= )

We'll Come Back (1917) (Available from Library of Congress: https://loc.gov/item/ihas.200207463 )

Fight for the Flag Boys (1917) (Available from Library of Congress: https://loc.gov/item/ihas.200207454 )

America: My Country 'Tis of Thee (1918) (Available from Library of Congress: https://www.loc.gov/item/2013569505/ )

Ireland: A Nation (1919) (Available in print from the Chatfield Music Lending Library: https://selco.ent.sirsi.net/client/en_US/chatbnd/search/detailnonmodal/ent:$002f$002fSD_ILS$002f0$002fSD_ILS:980074/one?qu=ireland+a+nation&lm=CHATBND_LIMIT )

Welcome Home! My Soldier Hero -- Now It's Ended Over There! (1919) (Available from Library of Congress: https://loc.gov/item/ihas.200207462 )

President Roosevelt March (1933) (Available in print from Northwestern University Library)

(Sorry about the extremely poor formatting -- Musescore has broken once again, and newlines don't render properly in replies now...)

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