London: Fentum, 1836.
Folio. Newly bound in quarter dark green leather with marbled boards, dark red leather title label to spine gilt. 1f. (recto half-title, verso with "J. Teuten, Printer, 188 Drury-Lane"), 1f. (recto title, verso blank), vii (contents), [i] (errata), [i]-xi (preface), [i] (blank), - 353, [i] (blank) pp. With numerous musical examples throughout and occasional illustrations and diagrams.
Quite a good, crisp, wide-margined copy, although somewhat browned, foxed, and stained throughout; pp. 237-238 with minor paper loss to blank outer margin.
Considered "the father of Australian music," Nathan was an English-born Australian composer and writer of Polish Jewish descent. He is perhaps best known for his highly popular Hebrew Melodies, "the first attempt to set out the traditional music of the synagogue," set to text by Lord Byron. Wikipedia.
Of great importance to the history of music in Australia, "Nathan set up his own musical type and publishing business, gave the first concerts of madrigals and contributed to many early performances of opera in Sydney, arranging, orchestrating and copying parts as well as directing performances from the keyboard. As a teacher and conductor he assisted early colonial musicians in their concert careers, and lectured on music at Sydney College (1844–6). He was responsible for the first operas written in Australia..." Elizabeth Wood in Grove Music Online.
Nathan apprenticed to Domenico Corri in London in 1809, who had learned the classical tradition of Italian vocal culture from his teacher Nichola Porpora; his Musurgia Vocalis is one of the few early documentations of this method.
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