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MASON, LOWELL, and GEORGE W. MASON. The Odeon: a Collection of Secular Melodies, Arranged and Harmonized for Four Voices, Designed for Adult Singing Schools, and for Social Music Parties. By G. J. Webb and Lowell Mason, Professors in the Boston Academy of Music. Boston: J.H. Wilkins & R.B. Carter, 1837. Oblong, 25.3 x 16.3cm. $75.00 Lowell Mason (1792-1872) American musical educator and hymn writer. "He early developed a remarkable talent in musical matters... He was especially devoted to the bettering of the musical services of the churches, and to that end paid attention to the training of church choirs. He was indefatigable also in the preparation of handbooks and manuals for use in churches, Sunday-schools and singing-classes."--New Schaff-Herzog Ency. Rel. Knowl., 7:226. "Mason was not a great composer. Many of his tunes were adaptations of melodies from Hï¿½ndel, Haydn, and Mozart, and from earlier church music, but they came to replace the `fugue tune' of the earlier nineteenth century and gained great popularity throughout the Untied States."--DAB, 12:372. "A compiler of church music, and organizer of choral societies... and originator of conventions for the training of music instructors in the public schools., Mason impressed himself indelibly on the democracy of his times."--Beard: The Rise of Amer. Civilization, I:801 Mason's collaborator in this book, George James Webb (1803-1887) was born in England, emigrated to America were he immediately became organist of the Old South Church in Boston. He soon became associated with Mason in his education projects and collaborated with Mason on a number of song and hymn books--DAB 19:574. From Preface: "...The selection has been made chiefly from those songs, and other pieces, which have obtained a decided popularity. This, however, was not found to be a very easy matter; for of the great multitude of such pieces, but few are equally and entirely unobjectionable in their text and in their music. In many cases it has been found necessary to make alterations in the poetry, and in every instance, its character has been primarily regarded. By far the greater number of pieces in the present volume, are either now harmonized for the first time, or altogether newly arranged; and a few were composed expressly for this work...." Bound leather spine with printed green paper over boards--front cover title & imprint as well as back cover ads printed within decorative printed borders, leather rubbed & scuffed some, worn through cover paper at all edges, soiled some, endpapers split at inside hinges but hinges tight, light to medium foxing throughout, lacks rear endpaper. Collation: [A]-[E]4, -4. Pagination: (1) title, (1) copyright, (1) preface, iv-xxiv Elements of Vocal Music, xxv-xxxix Appendix, l index, -304pp.
Title: The Odeon: a Collection of Secular Melodies, Arranged and Harmonized for Four Voices, Designed for Adult Singing Schools, and for Social Music Parties.
Illustrator: Boston, Mass.
Publisher: Lowell Mason & G. Webb's The Odeon: A Collection of Secular Melodies, Boston, 1837: 1837
Binding: Leather spine with printed paper over boards
Book Condition: Good+
Size: Oblong, 25.3 x 16.3cm.
Weight: 2.00 Item
Book Number: 17756
Keywords: 19th Century Books, Music, Hymnals, Songs with Music, Hymnals with Music, Songs