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52 The National Music of America.
"The Massachusetts Harmony," "The Suf­folk Harmony," and " Laus Deo," all fol­lowed in quick succession,1 the last named being especially interesting, from the fact that it was the first book printed from music type in this country, all its prede­cessors being engraved works. Naturally, with such a musical activity going on
1 In order that the list of eighteenth century music-books may be reasonably complete, we append the following table of dates and titles: Rev. John Tufts's " Easy introduction to the Art of Singing Psalm tunes," Newbury, 1712 (?); " An Introduction to the singing of Psalm tunes," by the same author, Boston, 1714; " Psalterium Americanum," Dr. Cotton Mather, 1718 ; " Grounds and Rules of Musick explained," Dr. Thomas Walter, 1721; " Watts' Psalms," Boston, 1741 ; " Tate and Brady's Psalms," 1741 (?); " Bar­nard's Psalms," Boston, 1752; Prince's revision of the "Bay Psalm-book," 1758; "A Collection of the best Psalm tunes," Josiah Flagg, Boston, 1764 (engraved by Paul Revere; the largest collection up to this time in New England, and, for the first time, we find light music intermingled with the psalm-tunes); " Grounds and Rules of Music," Bayley, Newburyport, 1764 ; " The New Eng­land Psalm-singer, or American Chorister," Billings, Bos­ton, 1770; after these (between 1770 and 1800) there appeared nearly forty different volumes devoted to music, almost invariably of the sacred order.
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