A Selection of Musical Composition by Thomas "Blind Tom" Wiggins
THE BATTLE OF MANASSAS (1862)
“The audience sat spellbound, and as the roar of the fiercely fought battle died away and the retreat sounded, they arose as one man, with the realization that they had listened to the rendition of a masterpiece,” said one woman of Blind Tom's performance ofThe Battle of Manassas.
WATER IN THE MOONLIGHT (1892)
"Tom will now give you his idea of a great lake in the moonlight"
RAIN STORM (1865)
Listen to his own Rain Storm,” wrote James Monroe Trotter in 1882, “and you shall hear first the thunder’s reverberating peal, and anon the gentle patter of the rain drops on the roof. Soon they fall thick and fast coming with a rushing sound...After a while, the tempest gradually ceases; all is calmness; and you will look with wonder upon this musical musician, and marvel that the piano forte can imitate so closely the sounds made by the angry elements.”
REVE CHARMANT (1881)
A nocturne in D major flat
THE OLIVER GALLOP (1860)
One of Tom's earliest compositions - a gallop composed at the age of ten
SEWING SONG (1889)
Imitation of a Sewing Machine
MARCH TIMPANI (1880)
A military march composed by Blind Tom under an occasional nom de plume.
WELLENKLANGE: VOICES OF THE WAVES (1882)
Dedicated to the women who would become his manager and guardian.