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The National Music of America. 47
fencing-school is allowed." But in 1717 we find a singing society begun in Boston, "to practice singing by note."
In 1712 the Rev. John Tufts, of New­bury, brought out a collection of psalm-tunes ; about two years later he followed it with a second volume. The ice was broken, and from this time on there followed a succession of sacred collections in sufficient profusion to prove that New England was musical in at least one direction.
The next step forward was the establish­ment of choirs. We have seen, in the pre­ceding chapter, that Martin Luther believed in a combination of choir and congregational singing; the Congregationalists of New Eng­land (for the name was now applied to the churches of the colony) came to this result about 250 years later than the German re­former. The strife between the adherents and opponents of the " new way " had led to a revolution in music; a lesser revolution
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