I am a great champion of music by women composers, so my musical offering for today is an 1824 piece by a very talented "Young Lady" of Philadelphia who, sadly, chose to remain anonymous. Was it so unladylike in those days for a lady to let her name appear atop a piece of music written for the newly-organized (1820) Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia and very likely played at the reception for the Marquis de Lafayette on his returning-hero tour of America in 1825? (musicalfundsociety.org, n.d.) I saw a name connected with her, apparently through contemporary hearsay which still only gave her last name, but I cannot find the link now, and there is no other documentation. In any event, the piece is part of the Keffer Collection of Sheet Music at the University of Pennsylvania.
Miss Anonymous's "Lafayette's Welcome to Philadelphia"
musicalfundsociety.org (n.d.) "A Rich Heritage," Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia (webpage). Retrieved from musicalfundsociety.org/history.htm on October 13, 2012.