The Essex Harmony; containing a Collection of Psalm Tunes composed in three & four parts suited to the several Measurs[!] of either version set in score. Daniel BAYLEY.
The Essex Harmony; containing a Collection of Psalm Tunes composed in three & four parts suited to the several Measurs[!] of either version set in score
The Essex Harmony; containing a Collection of Psalm Tunes composed in three & four parts suited to the several Measurs[!] of either version set in score

The Essex Harmony; containing a Collection of Psalm Tunes composed in three & four parts suited to the several Measurs[!] of either version set in score

Newbury Port: Printed & sold by the Author in Newbury Port & by most Booksellers in Boston, [1771]. Small octavo. Newly bound in period 18th century mid-brown sprinkled calf with gilt-ruled spine, dark red leather title label gilt to upper portion, dark red leather date label gilt to lower portion. 1f. (recto title within decorative border, verso "The Name of the Notes," "Lesson for Tuning the Voice," and "The Table"), 18 pp. Engraved throughout.

With 62 compositions, primarily for 3 voices but some for 2 and 4, textless, no attributions, one traced to an American source (Psalm 100 New), 55 traced to non-American sources, 6 unidentified, 33 in the core repertory.

Tunes in order of appearance:
Putney; Morning Hymn; Rickmansworth; St. Helens; Norwich; Sutton; St. Martins New; Farnham; Dunchurch; Trinity; Worksop; Barby; St. Patrick's; Portsmouth; Landaff; Wells; Newbury Port; Orange; Gilford; Little Malborough[!]; New York; Bromsgrove; Epsom; Strowdwater; Colchester New; Hexham; Plymouth; Cambridge; Stanes; Egham; Ely; St. Anns; York; London New; Fareham; Evning[!] Hymn; Dalston; St. Michaels; 100th Ps. Tune; St. Edmunds; Mear; Lutterworth; Isle of White; Fetterlane; Buckingham; Wantage; Sunday; Worminster; All Saints; Mansfield; Canterbury; Windsor; Standish; Bangor; Buckland; Quercy; Warwick; 100 Psalm New; St. James's; Funeral Thought; Kidderminster; and St. Martins.

Upper and outer edges slightly trimmed, just touching running heads and/or text or notation in several instances, with loss of a few notes to pp. 11 and 17 at lower outer margin; occasional foxing; small stain to last measure of final page just touching notation; uniform light browning; title with slightly heavier browning to lower outer portion and with several small chips to outer edge and one small hole just touching engraved border.

Second Edition. ASMI p. 137 (3 copies only). First published in 1770.

A church musician, printer, and publisher, "Bayley began a prolific career as a compiler by bringing out A New and Complete Introduction... (Newburyport, 1764–8), a composite drawn from successful works by other compilers. In 1768 he published Tans’ur’s Royal Melody Compleat... then combined it with Aaron Williams’s Universal Psalmodist... and under the title The American Harmony issued four editions between 1769 and 1774. Towards the end of the American Revolution, Bayley pirated the title and partial contents of another popular work, Andrew Law’s Select Harmony (Cheshire, CT, 1779), despite Law’s vigorous protest. Bayley compiled five other tune books as well as two tune supplements for metrical psalters... and he published John Stickney’s Gentleman and Lady’s Musical Companion (Newburyport, 1774). His chief contribution was to circulate in New England a large repertory of mid-century British sacred music." Richard Crawford and Nym Cooke in Grove Music Online. Item #28911

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