E. T. Paull

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Cover of E.T. Paull's Chariot Race March (1896)[1]

Edward Taylor Paull (February 16, 1858 – November 25, 1924) was a minor American composer, arranger, and sheet music publisher.

Personal life[edit]

He was born in Gerrardstown, in what is now West Virginia, and died in Brooklyn, NY.

Musical career[edit]

He had some success with a few titles which enabled him to set up his own self-publishing company. His music was intended for the piano sheet music trade.

He began publishing in 1894, specializing in marches.[2]

In order to sell music, the music was marketed with uniquely colorful front cover illustrations to catch the eye of buyers. He was the first music publisher to use five-color lithography for his sheet music. For this reason alone music published by his firm has become highly collectible in the modern era and has latterly aroused interest in the composer.[2]

To further boost sales he marketed his music as "descriptives" and ascribed certain sections of the music to allude to certain depictions of events on the cover illustration. This type of publication alludes to its being comparable to program music whilst never achieving the requisite complexity. The marketing of the pieces as "descriptives" (often a latter enhanced recycling of earlier published material) enabled the same music to be sold a second time around to the wide market of beginner-level pianists who had been accustomed to fare of this kind since Pridham's "Battle March of Delhi" in the mid-19th century. On this musical level his true contemporaries were the British writers Ezra Read and Theo Bonheur of the same period.

His first publication was for the Richmond Music Company in Richmond, VA where he was general manager. The first publication was "The Chariot Race of Ben Hur March" with a full-color cover.[3][4]



The Chariot Race or Ben Hur March


The Old Man's Story

The Stranger's Story Song, or Why Do Our Loved Ones Leave Us


Charge of the Light Brigade The Della Fox Little Trooper March The Elk's Grand March Get Off Cuba's Toes Great New York Loan Me A Nickel The New York and Coney Island Cycle March The Stranger's Story Waltz Sweet Rosa Dugan From Hogan's Alley What Might Have Been Whisper Again Sweet I Love You You'll Always Find A Welcome For You At Home Sweet Home


The Ice Palace March

America Forever! March

If You Were Only By My Side

We'll Stand by the Flag

He's Goin' to Hab a Hot Time Bye & Bye [w/Harry S. Miller]

Uncle Jasper's Jubilee


A Warmin' Up In Dixie


Dawn of the Century A Signal From Mars 1901

The Witch's Whirl Waltzes

When Johnny Goes A Camping [w/Vincent P. Bryan]

Our Wedding Bells Will Ring Out Some Day [w/Arthur Treveylan]


The Storm King


The Burning of Rome


The Circus Parade

The Romany Rye


The Jolly Blacksmiths

Paul Revere's Ride


Silver Sleigh Bells


The Triumphant Banner

The Masquerade


The Home Coming March


Lincoln Centennial Grand March

The Dashing Cavaliers


The Roaring Volcano

Ring Out, Wild Bells


Kaiser Jubilee March


Paull's Hesitiation Waltz

Herald of Peace March


Battle of the Nations

Tipperary Guards


Woman Forever


Battle of Gettysburg


Pershing's Crusaders

Hurrah! For the Liberty Boys, Hurrah!


Spirit of France

American Wedding March


Sheridan's Ride

Custer's Last Charge


The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Spirit of the U. S. A.


Top of the World (published posthumously)


  1. ^ "E.T. Paull sheet music". 
  2. ^ a b Jasen, David A. (1988). Tin Pan Alley: the Composers, the Songs, the Performers and Their Times. Donald I. Fine, Inc. p. xix. ISBN 1556110995. 
  3. ^ "Edward Taylor Paull". Retrieved 2008-04-07. 
  4. ^ Elizabeth C. Axford (2004). Song Sheets to Software: A Guide to Print Music, Software and Web Sites for Musicians. Scarecrow Press. p. 21.