Esther Anita Owen (1874–1932) was an American songwriter, best known for her 1894 song "Sweet Bunch of Daisies," which sold over one million copies. She published her first song at age 15 or 16, and became one of the most popular female songwriters of her generation, known especially for flower-themed songs. Owen was born in Brazil, Indiana, the daughter of a Welsh immigrant.
This easy and approachable song from the Gay 90’s (the 1890’s that is) does not have a compiled score, but the music is not complex and players of all levels can enjoy it from the parts. The arranger Victor Eijkhout (featured in the Members’ Library with #66 “Closing Hour” and #54 “3 Dutch Folk Tunes”) has provided live recordings of the music for playing along, with 4 versions, each with one of the parts missing. This piece is a perfect way to start your play, as a warm-up or as a performance piece.