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Psalmody and Secular Songs
Edited by Nym Cooke
Hatmaker and composer Timothy Swan (1758-1842) is an important figure in the early development of musical composition in America. Although his output was modest, he was arguably the most stylistically original composer working in the eighteenth-century New England singing school tradition. This comprehensive edition, based on a study of prints, manuscripts, sketches, and drafts, affords an unparalleled view of an eighteenth-century psalmodist at work. It also gives performers access to the music of one of America's first composers.
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Reviews of this Volume
Eskew, Harry. Review of Psalmody and Secular Songs, by Timothy Swan. Edited by Nym Cooke. The Sonneck Society for American Music Bulletin 24, no. 2 (1998): 55.
Fenton, Shawn. Review of Psalmody and Secular Songs, by Timothy Swan. Edited by Nym Cooke. Notes 56, no. 2 (1999): 488-491.
Schenbeck, Lawrence. "Historic American Choral Music in New Scholarly Editions." Choral Journal 41, no. 1 (2000): 57-59.
Voloshin, Metro. Review of Psalmody and Secular Songs, by Timothy Swan. Edited by Nym Cooke. American Music 16, no. 3 (1998): 343-348.