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A NEW SINGING BOOK FOR
SCHOOLS, ACADEMIES, SELECT CLASSES, AND THE SOCIAL CIRCLE,
CONTAINING A CHOICE SELECTION OF THE MOST FAVORITE
SONGS, DUETTS, TRIOS, QUARTETTES, HYMN-TUNES, CHANTS, AND PIEOFS FOR CONCERTS AND EXHIBITIONS,
ARRANGED WITI PIANO-FORTE ACCOMPANIMENT,
ALSO, A COMPLETE COURSE OP
Elementary Instruction, with a large number of Exercises suitable for practice.
BY CHARLES BUTLER,
of the Seminary Ben,
Teacher of Music in the High and Grammar Schools of Boston and vicinity, and author
School Bell, Musical Text Book, &c.
The author, in presenting this volume to the public, desires to mention some of its prominent features, and the reasons which prompted him to begin the work of preparation. It is obvious that Vocal Musio, as an approved branch of common education, is rapidly making its way into the schools and academies of our country, eventually to become one of the educational habits of the mass. The number of schools among us in which music is made one of the regular branches of elementary instruction is already great, and is constantly increasing. We have heard of no case in which with proper training every pupil has not been found capable of acquiring the rudiments of the art, and of interpreting music of ordinary complexity. It has long been supposed that in order to learn to sing, a pupil must be endowed with what is sometimes called a
" musical ear.
That this, however, is an error, is evident from experiments which have been made in Germany, and which are being made in this country. The result is, that in this respect, as in many others, there is a great difference in the natural aptitude of scholars. Still all who "can learn to read, can also learn to sing. The knowledge of music therefore must prevail where there are industrious, earnest and intelligent teachers, and the work will be hastened in proportion to the improvement of teachers and text-books. In arranging the elementary portion of this book, the author's desire has been to prepare a work, which in its construction, would be theoretic, lucid, useful, and instructive to papils. Care has been taken to treat the various topics, briefly perhaps, but with adoquate clearness, accompanied by examples, sufficient to elucidate the rules and directions of the text. In the various paragraphs no claim is laid to any new discoveries, but only to the merit of a consistent and correct classification of * Musical terms,” together with a large number of exercises, arranged in such a progressive manner as very materially to lessen the labors of both teacher and pupil.
In singing the exercises, (or solfaing,) the syllables need not necessarily be changed, inasmuch as the one adaptation (Do always to C., Re to D., &c., regardless of the keynote,) is considered the best system.
The music throughout the work has been selected from a great variety of sources, the character of which it is hoped will lead pupils onward to the appreciation of a higher class of music that is now generally used in our Schools, and to form a correct taste and pure style. Most of the pieces are so arranged as to be played with piano accompaniment, a feature which will commend itself to all, and make the work especially welcome to the social circle. Care has been taken that the words accompanying the music should offer no suggestions or asso ciations objectionable to the most fastidious. The publishers would embrace this opportunity of returning thanks to Messrs. Root & Cady, and Messrs. W. A. Pond & Co., for permission to use some of their valuable copyrights
89 SACRED PIECES.
80 'Tis Midnight llour,..
140 Calm on the list ning ear,.. 32
127 Cast thy burden ipon the Lord, 230
158 Chant-My God, my Father,... 227
Hear, Futher, hear,... 228
Thy will be done,..... 228
198 Choral - Low glorious beams,.. 239
64 The Exile,
75 Dedication Hymn,..
64 Dudley, .......
153 The Midnight Moon,.
60 Exhibition Hymn,.
52 The Murmuring Pra,..
103 Haydo's Hymn,.........
120 The Switzer's farewell..
68 No Night in Heaven,........
104 Welcome to our galladt boys,.. 222 Rewards of Early Piety,. 246
137 Russian National Hymn,. 238
and second tones of the scale.
NOTES, STAFF, LETTERS AND CLEFS. SECTION 1. Music is represented by certain characters called notes $ 2. Notes are used to indicate the length and pitch of tones. NOTE.-Tone is a given, Axed sound, of certain pitch, and the word cannot properly be used to express the difference of pitch between the first $ 3. Each note has its corresponding rest. § 4. Rests are employed to indicate periods of silence. $ 5. There are six principal notes and rests.
DIAGRAM OF NOTES AND RESTS. $ 6. The whole note is written thus :..
The whole rest, thus :$7. The half note is written thus :.
The half rest, thus :. $ 8. The quarter note is written thus ::
The quarter rest, thus ... $ 9. The eighth note is written thus :......
The eighth rest, thus :.. § 10. The sixteenth note is written thus :..
The sixteenth rest, thus :....... $11. The thirty-second note is written thus:....... The thirty-second rest, thus ....