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On the 1st of DeCEMBER, 1833, No. I., (and continued on the First Day of each
succeeding Month.) price ls. 6d.
A COMPREHENSIVE COLLECTION OF THE
FINEST AND MOST ADMIRED
SACRED MUSIC OF THE GREATEST MASTERS,
OF ALL AGES AND NATIONS,
SOLOS, DUETS, TRIOS, CHORUSSES, &c., AND WITH ACCOMPANIMENTS
FOR THE PIANO-FORTE OR ORGAN;
This work will comprise such of the best productions of the English, German, and Italian schools, as are calculated for social purposes. A large proportion of these are either altogether unknown in this country, or are comparatively inaccessible, from the magnitude and consequent cost of the volumes which contain them, and useless to most persons, from the impracticable shape in which they have been published. The great length, also, to which some Anthems, and all Motets, Masses, &c., extend, and the many voices they commonly require, render them often inconvenient for use as chamber music, however proper they may be for the service of the churches for which they were written. From these, as well as several other ample sources, we shall select such portions as are best suited to the object in view, most of which, if not all, will be re-arranged: but each composition will, in itself, constitute a complete whole. Occasionally, too, entire works, of moderate length, will appear in the SACRED MINSTRELSY including some new compositions, of a decidedly superior character.
The exclusive nature of nearly all our existing collections of Sacred Music, renders the present undertaking particularly desirable ; compositions of this class, could they be procured in a familiar form, and on reasonable terms, would share the patronage of the public, which is now almost wholly bestowed on works of a secular kind. These desiderata it is intended to supply, and thus place within reach of families, and of amateurs unaccustomed to playing from score, really good, practical music,-classical, yet not laboriously and uselessly learned,-in a form and at a price which will deter none from becoming purchasers.
Each Monthly Eighteenpenny Part will contain from Four to Six, or even more Pieces of Music, varying in number according to their length, together with literary and biographical notices of the composers, and of the authors of the poetry adapted, and will consist of twenty pages, music-folio size. The work will be printed on à superior paper, and the twelve parts will annually form one large handsome volume of compositions of unquestionable merit and great beauty.
No. I. CONTAINS :-
HANDEL. 1. AIR, O come, let us Worship, and fall down
MICHAEL WISE. II. ANTHEM, Prepare ye the Way of the Lord. III. ANTHEM, Behold! I bring you glad Tidings .
DR. GREENE. IV. QUARTETT, How blessed the man, how more than blessed! Righini.
LONDON: JOHN WILLIAM PARKER, WEST STRAND;
EDINBURGH: OLIVER AND BOYD;
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