The Easy Instructor (Various)
Hopewell, near Trenton, NJ: William Smith & Co., 1803.
This file is part of the Sibley Mirroring Project.
Title: The Easy Instructor or a New Method of Teaching Sacred Harmony, Part II. Containing the Rudiments of Music on an improved plan. With a choice collection of Psalm Tunes, a number of which are entirely new.
Edition contains all the music listed in the index, plus Judgment Anthem (printed on smaller plates) and some leaves of a different book (in round notes) tipped in. The original Part I and Part II were combined in the later typeset editions.
Albany, NY: Websters & Skinner and Daniel Steele, n.d. (1809)
Typographers: Van Benthuysen & Newton.
Revised and enlarged edition
Albany, NY: Websters & Skinners and Daniel Steele, n.d. (ca.1820)
Typographers: Packard & Van Benthuysen.
#185383 - Pencil date (1798) on title-page is erroneous; the early editions were engraved, not printed from type as this edition. A few torn pages at the end, partially obliterating a few pieces and some of the index.
|Work Title||The Easy Instructor|
|Alternative Title||The Easy Instructor, or, a new method of teaching Sacred Harmony. Containing, The Rudiments of Music on an improved Plan, wherein the Naming and Timing of the Notes are familiarized to the weakest Capacity. With a choice Collection of Psalm Tunes and Anthems from the most celebrated Authors, with a Number composed in Europe and America, entirely new; suited to all the Metres sung in the different Churches in the United States. Published for the use of Singing Societies in general, but more particularly for those who have not the advantage of an Instructor. By William Little and William Smith.|
|First Publication||Copyright secured 1798. First publication probably 1801.|
- The first publication to use the 4-shape musical notation system that is still in use today.