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BAYLY, Anselm.
A practical Treatise on Singing and Playing with just Expression and real Elegance. Being an Essay on I. Grammar. II. Pronunciation; or, the Art of just Speaking. III. Singing its Graces their Application. On Cathedral Compositions
London: Printed for J. Ridley 1771. 8vo (198 x 135 mm) in half-sheets, pp. v, [1], 16, 99, [1]; a few musical examples, printed typographically, in the text; p. 27 mispaginated 28 ; early ms. (price/binding) note to the title; nineteenth-century red pebbled half roan, marbled paper sides, all edges marbled, spine lettered gilt; rubbed, corners a bit worn. First edition, dedicated to Queen Charlotte, of a short critick on the sacred musick used in the Royal Chapel, and on the manner of performing it . It was also issued the same year, printed by S. Towers and sold by J. Rivington , as The Sacred Singer, to which New Grove gives precedence (Senate House, Sutro Library, and Library of Congress only in ESTC). This treatise, though very short, and consequently superficial, discovers the author to be a man of taste, a respectable philologist, and a good judge of musical compositions (Critical Review). It is very much a practical guide written by a practising church musician: Bayly had thirty years experience singing in the choirs of Westminster Abbey and the Chapel Royal and, as Sub-Dean of the latter since 1764, was responsible for the music there, together with William Boyce, Organist 1758 79. As well as his views on performance practice, Bayly is ready to comment on composers and their works, including Handel, Purcell, Blow, Pelham Humfrey, Jeremiah Clarke ( plaintive and lulling ), Michael Wise, William Croft ( seldom elegant and scarcely ever pathetick ), and Maurice Greene ( sometimes inattentive to the sentiment As solemnity sometimes leads Croft into heaviness, so doth el … [Click Below for Full Description]
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