The Hallelujah music book
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The Hallelujah music book (2011-64-0) by Lowell Mason was published in 1854 by Mason Brothers. The music book contains tunes, chants, and anthems for both church choirs and congregations to be used in church services. Also included in the first half of the book is a section titled "The Singing School." This protion of the music book is a manual for classes in vocal music, with exercises and rounds, partial songs, and choir practice. The item is currently housed in 3A Box 17.
- created: 1854
- Other: Date acquired: 01/06/2011
- Mason, Lowell, 1792-1872 (Person)
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Lowell Mason (January 8, 1792 – August 11, 1872) was a leading figure in American church music and the composer of over 1600 hymn tunes, many of which are still sung today. His most well-known tunes include “Mary Had A Little Lamb” and the arrangement of “Joy to the World.” He was also largely responsible for introducing music into American public schools, and is considered to be the first important music educator in the United States. In the last part of his career, as music director of the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City, he radically transformed American church music from a practice of having professional choirs and accompaniment to congregational singing accompanied by organ music.
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