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1 HANDEL Choruses of Handel's Messiah.

HANDEL, GEORGE FREDERICK. Choruses of Handel's Messiah. [At head of title:] Oratorio Chorus Book. Number One. NY, Mason Bros. [circa 1860] 128pp, index, oblong, cloth spine with printed paper over thin card covers, sh wr thru paper on corners, worm holes in cloth. With music. 
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The Musical Miscellany, Comprising the Music Published in the Musical Magazine, HASTINGS, THOMAS
2 HASTINGS, THOMAS The Musical Miscellany, Comprising the Music Published in the Musical Magazine
Thomas Hastings' The Musical Miscellany, NY, 1836 1836 Hardback--paper covered good Octavo in 4's 14.4 x 23.3cm. New York 
Thomas Hastings(1784-1872) well known American composer of sacred music. "About two hundred of his hymns are in current use, and he left in manuscript about four hundred more. His music, with that of Lowell Mason, did important service in the Church, and marks in America the transition period between the crude and the more cultured periods of psalmody."--Thomas S. Hastings in New Schaff-Herzog Ency. Rel. Knowl., V:167. In 1832 by the call of a committee from 12 churches he moved from Utica, NY to NY City where he was urged to put into practice in that city the theories for better church music which he had been promulgating. And this he did for the next 40 years. The Musical Magazine (1836-1837) was one of the fruits of that labor. "Thomas worked diligently to promote the magazine... Unfortunately, the financial backing for this magazine was not sufficient to allow it to exist for more than two years and by April 1837 the final issue had come to press. Interestingly, this failed journalistic venture spawned yet another publication The Musical Miscellany, Comprising the Music Published in the Musical Magazine (1836). As the title indicates, the musical examples incorporated into the Musical Magazine were gathered together in a separate publication... There are forty-two items in the Miscellany, and many are by Hastings, whose compositions vary from a round (Let us oft unite in song) or a hymn (Ceylon) to an anthem (Funeral Anthem)."--Hermine Weigel Williams: Thomas Hastings: An Introduction to His Life and Music, p. 98, text & footnote. Bound in original vine pattern embossed cloth, lacking bottom 11cm and top 3cm of spine strip (8.5cm remaining), early hand lettered title label on spine, worn through cloth at corners at places along edges, light to medium foxing, heavier foxing on endpapers, historical society stamp and their withdrawn stamp on front paste-down endpaper, previous owner's name stamped in top outer corner of title page, number in red ink in top outer corner of front free endpaper, top to bottom tear in fist page of music repaired with archival rag paper. Collation: 2 unsigned leaves, 1-74, 334--i.e., the 8th signature of 4 leaves is signed 33. No pagination: (1) title, (1) copyright & printer, (1) index, (1) blank, (64)pp. Contains 42 numbered hymns in 4 parts on 4 staffs: tenor, second treble, air, accompaniment. Vol. 1 was all that was published. 
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The Odeon: a Collection of Secular Melodies, Arranged and Harmonized for Four Voices, Designed for Adult Singing Schools, and for Social Music Parties., MASON, LOWELL, and GEORGE W. MASON.
3 MASON, LOWELL, and GEORGE W. MASON. The Odeon: a Collection of Secular Melodies, Arranged and Harmonized for Four Voices, Designed for Adult Singing Schools, and for Social Music Parties.
Lowell Mason & G. Webb's The Odeon: A Collection of Secular Melodies, Boston, 1837 1837 Leather spine with printed paper over boards Good+ Oblong, 25.3 x 16.3cm. Boston, Mass. 
MASON, LOWELL, and GEORGE W. MASON. The Odeon: a Collection of Secular Melodies, Arranged and Harmonized for Four Voices, Designed for Adult Singing Schools, and for Social Music Parties. By G. J. Webb and Lowell Mason, Professors in the Boston Academy of Music. Boston: J.H. Wilkins & R.B. Carter, 1837. Oblong, 25.3 x 16.3cm. $75.00 Lowell Mason (1792-1872) American musical educator and hymn writer. "He early developed a remarkable talent in musical matters... He was especially devoted to the bettering of the musical services of the churches, and to that end paid attention to the training of church choirs. He was indefatigable also in the preparation of handbooks and manuals for use in churches, Sunday-schools and singing-classes."--New Schaff-Herzog Ency. Rel. Knowl., 7:226. "Mason was not a great composer. Many of his tunes were adaptations of melodies from H´┐Żndel, Haydn, and Mozart, and from earlier church music, but they came to replace the `fugue tune' of the earlier nineteenth century and gained great popularity throughout the Untied States."--DAB, 12:372. "A compiler of church music, and organizer of choral societies... and originator of conventions for the training of music instructors in the public schools., Mason impressed himself indelibly on the democracy of his times."--Beard: The Rise of Amer. Civilization, I:801 Mason's collaborator in this book, George James Webb (1803-1887) was born in England, emigrated to America were he immediately became organist of the Old South Church in Boston. He soon became associated with Mason in his education projects and collaborated with Mason on a number of song and hymn books--DAB 19:574. From Preface: "...The selection has been made chiefly from those songs, and other pieces, which have obtained a decided popularity. This, however, was not found to be a very easy matter; for of the great multitude of such pieces, but few are equally and entirely unobjectionable in their text and in their music. In many cases it has been found necessary to make alterations in the poetry, and in every instance, its character has been primarily regarded. By far the greater number of pieces in the present volume, are either now harmonized for the first time, or altogether newly arranged; and a few were composed expressly for this work...." Bound leather spine with printed green paper over boards--front cover title & imprint as well as back cover ads printed within decorative printed borders, leather rubbed & scuffed some, worn through cover paper at all edges, soiled some, endpapers split at inside hinges but hinges tight, light to medium foxing throughout, lacks rear endpaper. Collation: [A]-[E]4, [1]-[38]4. Pagination: (1) title, (1) copyright, (1) preface, iv-xxiv Elements of Vocal Music, xxv-xxxix Appendix, l index, [1]-304pp. 
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4 WOODBURY Cottage Glees, comprising some of the Choicest Madrigals, Quartettes,

WOODBURY, J. B. Cottage Glees, comprising some of the Choicest Madrigals, Quartettes, Solos and Opera Choruses Extant. NY, F. J. Huntington (c1853) 112pp, oblong, cloth spine with paper printed in red green & black over boards, foxing, sh wr thru paper on corners & edges, worm holes in spine, spine ends frayed & 2" crack along back edge. With music. 
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