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while school visiting has become as fashionable as it was formerly the reverse; and whenever a select party is got up, the master is now not the last to be invited. An entire revolution, indeed, seems to have taken place in the public mind on these subjects. Ornamental education is now here never thought of, till the solid and useful sciences are first secured. The demand for piano fortes, water-color paint-boxes, drawing-paper, &c., is at a low ebb, while that of the standard works of science and literature is daily increasing. Professors of Elegant Literature now find poor picking in Carters. ville ; and the race of fashionable fine ladies, who were once their patrons, are lamentably in the back-ground. Fops, formerly the leaders of society, are as scarce as owls in the sunlight, the two last that remained of the tribe having gone off some years before with the two younger Misses Carter; who, finding themselves no longer appreciated, concluded to emigrate, with the best offers they could obtain, to some more congenial residence. Nor are the more general results flowing from these circumstances less observable. The village, instead of a trifling, has become a reading and a thinking community; doing every thing for the encouragement of popular education at home, and now yearly sending off, to the academies and colleges abroad, some half-dozen scholars, where one, and oftener none, were sent before. The proportion of vice and crime has already very sensibly decreased; while that of industry, general competence, and rational happiness, has still more sensibly increased. In short, the whole tone of society has changed; and that change, kind reader, great and beneficial as it is, has been effected by the nobly begun, and, subsequently, the no less nobly sustained efforts of THE COMMON SCHOOLMASTER.
A LIST OF BOOKS
BENJAMIN B. MUSSEY AND COMPANY,
10. 29, CORNEILL, AND 86, BRATTLE STREET, BOSTON.
THE MODERN HARP, Or, BOSTON SACRED MELODIST.-A Collection of Church Music, comprising, in addition to many of the most Popular Tunes in common use, a great variety of new and original Tunes, Sentences, Chants, Motets, and Anthems, adapted to Social and Religious Worship, Societies, Singing Schools, &c. By EDWARD L WHITE and JOAN E. GOULD.
This Book, in the short space of twelve months, has passed through no less than sixteen editions, and is now used in all the best Choirg and Societies in New England, and is universally considered as ono of the best books of Church Music now in use.
“So far as we havo been able to examine this work, we should judge it to be superior to any modern work that we have seen.". Slowhegan Deprocrata
"In bringing this work before the pablic, no timo or pains have been spared to render it not only a popalar, but a useful Collection. Moro than the usual number of new Tunes occupy a space in it and most of this new Music is of a high character, and possesses the true attributes of Church Music. There is also to be found an unusual number of Sentences, Select Pieces, Chants, &c., suitable for the opening and closing of divine worship, among which the entire service of the Protestant Episcopal Church is given in the order of performanco.
* The whole Collection is judiciously arranged, and will undoubtedly ako a rank second to none of the numeroas pablications of Church Music nov iz use" - Atlas
* This Book is composed mostly of Music new to the American public and embraces every variety of metre now in use, with numerous Sex tences, Chants, Motets, and Anthems, suited to particular occasions.". Saiem Obseryeg
[Extract of a Letter from Rev. M. K. Cross, of Palmer, Mass.] "I am free to acknowledge that I have been very highly gratified with the musical taste and talent exhibited by the authors. It seems to me that a larger proportion than is usual in books of this kind, will be found suitable and edifying for common choirs and congregations. The selection of words, set to the Music, is very chaste, and well adapted to deva tional purposes ; which gives an additional interest to the work. I am happy to learn that it is soon to be introduced in our own congregation"
M. K. CROSS
THE OPERA CHORUS BOOK, Consisting of Trios, Quartets, Quintets, Solos, and Choruses, selected and arranged from the most popular Operas of Von Weber, Rossini, Meyerbeer, Bellini, Benedict, Donizetti, Mercadante, Auber, Balfe, Verdi, and Bishop. By EDWARD L. WHITE and JOHN E. GOULD. (We select the following from numerous Notices of this Work?
“SALEM, NOVEMBER 1st, 1847. " MR. B. B. MUSSEY - DEAR SIR-I have examined the new publica tion which has lately come from your press, called the 'OPERA CAORUS Book,' and do not hesitate to commend its design and execution. The Selections are well made and well arranged, and are, almost all of them, gems of high musical value. The field from which they were gathered, has not, until now, been explored. It is rich in fruits, and it is to be hoped, that such success may attend this first gathering, as to induce the reapers again to try the sickle." Your friend and servant,
H. K. OLIVER. "On every page there is evidence of mach patience, care, and industry, on the part of the Editors, and we question if among all the volumes of Secular Music that have been published in this country, there will be found one that has more real claims to the admiration of the musical public than this. The Work abounds in those delicious gems of the Opera, any one of which is beautiful enough to tempt our readers to the purchase of the whole collection.” — Boston Daily Whig.
(From Thomas Power, Esq.]
“Boston, DEC. 29TH, 1847. GENTLEMEN, -Having examined, with some care, the OPERS CHORUS Book,' of which you are the publishers, I cheerfully give you my opinion of its partieular merits. 'As the stady and practice
Becular Part Music has been pursued with increaso, zeal and special, within a few years, it has been a leading object to find accessible advanced works of a good character. The practice of the old standard Glees, however excellent, has lost its novelty, and some of its interest. A bigher grade of compositions has been required; and the gracciul and charming choruses of the modern Opera have given an increasing Icsire for that class of compositions.
" In selecting from the standard works of the day, a knowledge of the requirements of performers, and a good judgment as to what shall meet these requirements, were imperative. The collection of the OPERA Cuorus Book has been made with good discretion, combining what is in advance of the current standard, and, at the same time, affording to social parties, for which it seems to be partcularly prepared, the easy means of studying gems of some of the best masters.
" Whatever motive of ambition or interest suggested the idea of this Collection, the Book is exactly what is wanted at this time; and it will be taken as a favor to the musical public, inasmuch as it cannot fail to be a great acquisition for practice, and a means of creating a better taste. A book got at with such good properdes, cannot fail to be well received."
THE TYROLIEN LYRE,
A Glee Book, consisting of easy pieces, arranged mostly for Soprano Alto, Tenor, and Bass Voices, with and without Piano Forte A companiments, comprising a complete collection of Solos, Duets, Trios, Quartets, Quintets, Choruses, &c., for the use of Societies, Schools, Clubs, Choirs, and the Social Circle. By EDWARD L. WHITE and John E. GOULD.
The sale which this Work has already met, is evidence that its merita are well known to the public; but we extract the following from “ The World of Music:"- 'It contains many subjects from different popular Operas, very beautifully elaborated, among which we recognize many genis of melody from Rossiris, Auber, Bellini, Balfe, &c. Also somo sterling Glee compositions from Bishop, Spotforth, Danby, &c., and a large number of those Tyrolien melodies which Malibran and the · Rainer Family' used to electrify their hearers. The Work will not only be a pleasant social companion, but will be found extremely useful for Choirs, Schools, &c.”
" It is a large and well executed volume of two hundred and thirty pages, containing easy pieces, arranged mostly for Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass Voices, with and without Piano-Forte Accompaniments, comprising a complete Collection of Solos, Duets, Trios, Quartets, Quintets, Choruses, &c. The names of EDWARD L. WHITE and Johx E Gould, by whom the Music is composed, selected, and arranged to a sufficient recommendation of its excellence." Olive Branch.