Prince was a prolific composer of quadrilles, polkas, and other dance music. His works include the patriotic songs 'Form! Riflemen Form!' (1859; reprinted in CMH vol 3) and 'Shoulder to Shoulder on to the Border,' as well as Mermaid Polka (dedicated to the ladies of Canada) and Irresistible Polka (for the ladies of Montreal). Some of Prince's most 'Canadian' compositions, including the Jubilee or Celebration Polka (1855), dedicated to executives of the Canadian Grand Trunk Railway, were published in the USA with Prince listed on the cover as an agent.
Prince remained in business until 1888. A bandmaster of note, he led the Volunteer Militia Rifle Band and played a cornet solo at a Grand Military Concert (17 Sep 1857) in Montreal. Gustave Smith called Prince 'a true gentleman' and remarked on his 'fine talent on a cornet à piston' (L'Album musical, Feb 1882).
Author Maria Calderisi