Mason, Lowell. The Boston School Song Book; Original and Selected
Mason, Lowell. The Boston School Song Book; Original and Selected

Mason, Lowell. The Boston School Song Book; Original and Selected

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Mason, Lowell. The Boston School Song Book; Original and Selected. Boston: Wilkins, Carter, & Co., 1845. [8382]

Cloth spine, green printed paper over card, 4 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches, cover edges a bit tattered. Lacks any front free blanks (opens to title page), 128 clean pp., text complete. Good. Hardcover.

"Published under the Sanction of the Boston Academy of Music."

Tunes in three parts, round notes. Questions for study at end.

Lowell Mason (1792-1872), Massachusetts-born hymn composer, music publisher, one of the founders of public school music education in the United States. He is credited with composing over 1600 hymn tunes. "To him we owe some of our best ideas in religious church music, elementary musical education, music in schools, the popularization of classical chorus singing, and the art of teaching music upon the Inductive or Pestalozzian plan. More than that, we owe him no small share of respect which the profession of music enjoys at the present time as contrasted with the contempt in which it was held a century or more ago. In fact, the entire art of music, as now understood and practiced in America, had derived advantage from the work of this great man." - Hall, Biographies of Gospel Song and Hymn Writers (1914).