English psalmody prefaces: popular methods of teaching, 1562-1835

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Reproduced under the direction of Leslie Hewitt for Boethius Press, 1982 - Music - 158 pages
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This volume presents reprints of the prefaces to representative collections of metrical psalms. Psalm-singing, an essentially popular form of music, required some musical knowledge in the singers, and it was in these prefaces that the compilers gave basic information on the staves, clefs and note-values of contemporary notation. Dr Rainbow's introduction is a fascinating guide to the changing tastes and needs shown by the carefully selected reprints.

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Contents

Introduction
1
Instructions Concerning the Gamut from
43
An Introduction to All Lovers of Psalmody
57
Introduction from A Book of Psalmody 1718
75
The Rudiments of Vocal Music Explained
95
A New Introduction to Psalmody from The
117
Preface from Parochial Music Corrected 1790
135
Short and Easy Rules for Learning to Sing
147
A fuller account of the origin of the Gamut
153
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