The Musical Miscellany, Comprising the Music Published in the Musical Magazine


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Thomas Hastings(1784-1872) well known American composer of sacred music. "About two hundred of his hymns are in current use, and he left in manuscript about four hundred more. His music, with that of Lowell Mason, did important service in the Church, and marks in America the transition period between the crude and the more cultured periods of psalmody."--Thomas S. Hastings in New Schaff-Herzog Ency. Rel. Knowl., V:167. In 1832 by the call of a committee from 12 churches he moved from Utica, NY to NY City where he was urged to put into practice in that city the theories for better church music which he had been promulgating. And this he did for the next 40 years. The Musical Magazine (1836-1837) was one of the fruits of that labor. "Thomas worked diligently to promote the magazine... Unfortunately, the financial backing for this magazine was not sufficient to allow it to exist for more than two years and by April 1837 the final issue had come to press. Interestingly, this failed journalistic venture spawned yet another publication The Musical Miscellany, Comprising the Music Published in the Musical Magazine (1836). As the title indicates, the musical examples incorporated into the Musical Magazine were gathered together in a separate publication... There are forty-two items in the Miscellany, and many are by Hastings, whose compositions vary from a round (Let us oft unite in song) or a hymn (Ceylon) to an anthem (Funeral Anthem)."--Hermine Weigel Williams: Thomas Hastings: An Introduction to His Life and Music, p. 98, text & footnote. Bound in original vine pattern embossed cloth, lacking bottom 11cm and top 3cm of spine strip (8.5cm remaining), early hand lettered title label on spine, worn through cloth at corners at places along edges, light to medium foxing, heavier foxing on endpapers, historical society stamp and their withdrawn stamp on front paste-down endpaper, previous owner's name stamped in top outer corner of title page, number in red ink in top outer corner of front free endpaper, top to bottom tear in fist page of music repaired with archival rag paper. Collation: 2 unsigned leaves, 1-74, 334--i.e., the 8th signature of 4 leaves is signed 33. No pagination: (1) title, (1) copyright & printer, (1) index, (1) blank, (64)pp. Contains 42 numbered hymns in 4 parts on 4 staffs: tenor, second treble, air, accompaniment. Vol. 1 was all that was published.

Title: The Musical Miscellany, Comprising the Music Published in the Musical Magazine


Illustrator: New York


Publisher: Thomas Hastings' The Musical Miscellany, NY, 1836: 1836

Binding: Hardback--paper covered

Book Condition: good

Size: Octavo in 4's 14.4 x 23.3cm.

Book Number: 17743