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Beginnings of Secular Music in New England — Early Concerts — Strange Programmes — Ecstatic Criticism — Prices of Teaching— Beginning of Native Compo­sitions — William Billings — Oliver Holden — First Musical Typography.
In 1798 the following advertisement ap­peared in the Columbian Centinel (Boston):
" Just published, price 1 dollar, neatly bound and lettered, sold by E. Larkin, No. 47 Cornhill, ' The Columbian Songster,' and Free Mason's ' Pocket Com­panion.' A collection of the newest and most cele­brated Sentimental, Convivial, Humorous, Satirical, Pastoral, Hunting, Sea, and Masonic Songs, being the largest and best collection ever published in America. Selected by S. Larkin."
The above is a proof that music had left the circumscribed limits of psalm singing in Boston. A similar collection (in possession of the author) is entitled "The American Musical Miscellany," and was published in
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