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Title: A Catechism of Music [Souter's New Series of Catechisms], in which the Elementary Principles of the Science are fully and clearly explained; with Preliminary Instructions for the Piaon-Forte. For the Use of Schools.
Description: London: Printed for John Souter, School Library..., 1929. FIRST EDITION. 12mo, 138 x 88 mms., pp. [ii], 97 [98 adverts], frontispiece image of keyboard, autograph "Charlotte Dempsey" on top margin of first leaf of text, contemporary quarter roan, marbled boards (both worn); last leaf detached, with hinge exposed, a rather sad copy. The singer, composer, and author Thomas Busby (1754 - 1838) was active in London, where he made his living. Many of his compositiions have been lost; only Britannia (1801) was successful, and in 1801 he received a doctorate in music from the University of Cambridge; his doctoral exercise was a thanksgiving ode on the British naval victories, thus continuing the theme of Britannia. ODNB asserts "Busby published nothing after 1828," an assertion the present work belies. The only copy that I have located is in Trinity College, Dublin, though it was republished in 1834 (Yale only).

Keywords: music education prose

Price: GBP 550.00 = appr. US$ 785.39 Seller: John Price Antiquarian Books
- Book number: 9072

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