The Easy Instructor (Various)

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This work was co-authored by William Little and William Smith


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SIBLEY1802.27855.0cda-M2116.S664 E1 1803z - Color.pdf
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Hopewell, near Trenton, NJ: William Smith & Co., 1803.

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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.

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 Complete Score
#265599 - 8.11MB, 110 pp. -  10.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (1- V/V/V - 440x

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Albany, NY: Websters & Skinner and Daniel Steele, n.d. (1809)
Typographers: Van Benthuysen & Newton.

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PMLP322432-easyins00litt.pdf
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Albany, NY: Websters & Skinner and Daniel Steele, n.d. (1814)
Typographers: Packard & Van Benthuysen.

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#185383 - 10.75MB, 132 pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0- V/V/V - 372x

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Revised and enlarged edition

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Albany, NY: Websters & Skinners and Daniel Steele, n.d. (ca.1820)
Typographers: Packard & Van Benthuysen.

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#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.

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Revised and enlarged edition

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Albany, NY: Websters & Skinners and Oliver Steele, 1831.

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Work Title The Easy Instructor
Alternative Title Title-page transcription
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.
Composer Various
First Publication Copyright secured 1798. First publication probably 1801.
Language English
Piece Style Classical
Instrumentation 3-4 voices
External Links Title-page, 1802 edition
Lenox (Lewis Edson), Montgomery (Justin Morgan) and Psalm 34 (Joseph Stephenson) from 1802 edition
Jordan (William Billings) from 1817 edition
Title-page, unknown edition ca.1820


Misc. Comments

  • The first publication to use the 4-shape musical notation system that is still in use today.
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