Notes on Music in Old Boston

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Oliver Ditson Company, 1918 - Boston (Mass.) - 100 pages
 

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Page 6 - A very plain and easy Introduction to the Art of Singing Psalm Tunes: with the Cantus, or Trebles, of twenty-eight Psalm Tunes contrived in such a manner as that the Learner may attain the skill of Singing them with the greatest ease and speed imaginable.
Page 17 - Music, which their teachers formerly proscribed as a diabolic art, begins to make part of their education. In some houses you hear the forte-piano. This art, it is true, is still in its infancy; but the young novices who exercise it are so gentle, so complaisant and so modest, that the proud perfection of art gives no pleasure equal to what they afford.
Page 8 - At night Dr. Mather preaches in the School-House to the young Musicians,, from Rev. 14. 3. — no man could learn that Song. — House was full, and the Singing extraordinarily Excellent, such as has hardly been heard before in Boston. Sung four times out of Tate and Brady.
Page 20 - ... compiler himself, by his printer, or through booksellers. The latter were the chief purveyors of music and music-books until the close of the eighteenth century. Although music-shops under the name of " magazines," " emporiums," or " saloons " began to appear in the last decade of this century, the combination of book-selling and music-selling carried well over into the first third of the nineteenth century when it was frequently mixed with the sale of umbrellas, parasols, wall-paper, and other...
Page 8 - When in 171 3 Thomas Brattle, Esq., of Boston, willed the Brattle Square Church an organ, they declined it. He had provided, however, that in this event it was to be given to Queen's Chapel (known since the reign of Queen Anne as King's Chapel), but so great was the prejudice that the organ remained seven months in the porch of the church before it was unpacked. This instrument, set up in 1 7 1 4, was the first pipe organ used in a church in the Colonies, and it was bitterly denounced by Dr. Cotton...
Page 9 - This is to give notice that there is lately sent over from London, a choice collection of musical instruments, consisting of flageolets, flutes, haut-boys, bass-viols, violins, bows, strings, reeds for haut-boys, books of instruction for all these instruments; books of ruled paper: to be sold at the Dancing School of Mr. Enstone in Sudbury Street, near the Orange Tree. Boston.
Page 12 - I have discovered that many of the pieces in that Book were never worth my printing, or your inspection...
Page 38 - Chicago was a frontier village of about 4,500 inhabitants; while Kansas City, St. Paul, Minneapolis and San Francisco had not been heard of.
Page 17 - Could poor King David but for once To S — m Church repair, And hear his Pfalms thus warbled out, Good Lord, how he would fwear!
Page 55 - Holbrook, son of my brother Elisha Holbrook, late of Kittery, deceased, an equal part or portion of my estate with my surviving brothers and sisters, among whom I would have my estate equally divided. I constitute and appoint Rebecca, my wife, sole Executrix to this my last Will and testament. As to the curious Alphabet containing the Ten Commandments and other Scripture pieces, wrote in all the hands of Great Britain, in several different colors, with neat borders round the same which I did only...

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