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'Valse de L'Hopital', music cover, Exeter, England, 1801-1889

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Promoting fundraising for the Devon and Exeter hospitals, this sheet music cover paid tribute to the governors, surgical staff and subscribers of the ‘valuable institutions’, one of which features on the front cover. Valse de L’Hopital translates from the French as “Hospital Waltz”. The three dances were dedicated by the composer, and were played at a special concert.

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Glossary: sheet music cover

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Glossary: fundraising

The process of soliciting and gathering money or other gifts in-kind, by requesting donations from individuals, businesses, charitable foundations, or governmental agencies. Although fundraising typically refers to efforts to gather funds for non-profit organizations, it is sometimes used to refer to the identification and solicitation of investors or other sources of capital for-profit enterprises.