Beginnings of Secular Music in New England -- Early Concerts -- Strange Programmes -- Ecstatic Criticism -- Prices of Teaching -- Beginning of Native Compositions -- William Billings -- Oliver Holden -- First Musical Typography.
IN 1798 the following advertisement appeared in the Columbian Centinel ( Boston)
Just published, price 1 dollar, neatly bound and. lettered, sold by E. Larkin, No. 47 Cornhill, The Columbian Songster, and Free Mason's Pocket Companion.' A collection of the newest and most celebrated Sentimental, Convivial. Humorous, Satirical Pastoral, Hunting, Sea, and Masonic Songs, being the largest and best collection ever published in American. Selected by S. Larkin.
The above is a proof that music had left the circumscribed limits of psalm singing in Boston. A similar collection (in possession of the author) is entitled "The American Musical Miscellany," and was published in