Frederick Ouseley (1825-1889) was a British musician and composer. He specialized in church music. He started writing music when he was three — his sister transcribed those first pieces. A couple hundred pages of early manuscripts exist and I am hopeful that I can get a copy of them. They are at the Bodleian in Oxford, UK.

Here is a PDF of Frederick Ouseley’s March, 1883, written when he was six. And here is a PDF of other early pieces by Ouseley.

We would love to publish a recording of this music. If you play the piano and can play the piece — age is not an issue in this case — then please do and send it us. You can upload it at our normal submission location. Use the category for young musicians. Adults are welcome to record.  This call for recordings will be left up until we have one.

About the Author

In 1973, I was twenty years old, teaching children's art classes at my college, the University of California, Santa Cruz, and came up with the idea that the best way to encourage children to write was to introduce them to the best writing by their peers. Stone Soup grew out of that idea. Along with co-editor Gerry Mandel, I have continued to edit and publish Stone Soup for all these years. I am also a culinary historian. I write about traditional foodways. My book, "The Magic of Fire," is about hearth cooking. My book, "Bread, a global history," speaks for itself. I am currently writing a bread history for a University Press. I publish articles on gardening and traditional foodways at Mother Earth News. I also publish on wild mushrooms and other food-related subjects.

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