The Music Lesson

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The Music Lesson is a burlesque number by an unknown author.

Sometimes found listed simply as Music Lesson.

The original text

Described as a "Nigger Burlesque" by an unnamed author (as cited in F.C.L. Bosman, 1980: p. 264), it was apparently performed in blackface in South Africa. No other trace of such a song or burlesque has yet been found.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

It is first mentioned as part of the repertoire of the Young Men’s Institute Amateur Christy’s in 1869, when they performed it in the Garrison Theatre, Cape Town, as part of an evening's entertainment in collaboration with the Lanarkshire Dramatic Club.


F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 164-5,

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