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A compleat melody; or, the harmony of Sion. In three books. I. A new, and compleat introduction to the Grounds of Musick: Theoretical, and Practical, Vocal and Instrument: teaching all its rudiments, and composition in all its branches; by way of dialogue, in a new and easy method. With all the usual terms used in musick, as deriv'd from the Greek, Latin, French, Italian, &c.- In twelve chapters. II. The Psalms of David new tun'd: which musick expresses the true sense and sound of the words, more than any extant. With a table of all the tunes, and what psalms are proper to each tune; and a table of psalms suited to the feasts and fasts of the Church of England, &c. With Gloria Patri's suited to the measures of every psalm in the book. III. A new, and select number of divine hymns, and easy anthems, on various occasions: with a seale of musick proper for either voice, organ, virginals, harpsicord, or spinnet. With several canons of two, three, and four parts in one. To which is added, To Deum, and Magnificat, and a Chanting-Tune for the Reading-Psalms. The whole is composed in two, three, and four musical parts, according to the most authentick rules; and set down in score, (and figur'd) for either voice or organ, &c. By William Tans'ur, (Author of the Melody of the Heart. and of Moral-Philosophy.)

  • Tans'ur, William, 1699?-1783.
M.DCC.XXX.VIII. [1738]
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London : printed by Alice Pearson, for James Hodges, at the Looking-Glass, on London-Bridge: and also sold by the author, M.DCC.XXX.VIII. [1738]

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[16],72;152p. : ill.,music,port. ; obl.4⁰.


The fourth edition; corrected by the author, according to his original manuscript: with large additions.

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Electronic reproduction. Farmington Hills, Mich. : Thomson Gale, 2003. (Eighteenth century collections online). Available via the World Wide Web. Access limited by licensing agreements.

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ESTC T160897


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