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THE HOUR OF SONG

Songs Secular and Sacred

WITH A

COLLECTION OF OPENING EXERCISES ON SPECIAL SUBJECTS,
FOR HIGH SCHOOLS, ACADEMIES, UPPER GRAMMAR
GRADES, CHORUSES, ETC.

BY

N. B. SARGENT, A.M.

PRINCIPAL OF BARKER FREE SCHOOL, AUTHOR OF HIGH
SCHOOL OPERETTAS AND CANTATAS

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LEACH, SHEWELL, & SANBORN

BOSTON AND NEW YORK

COPYRIGHT, 1892, BY LEACH, SHEWELL, & SANBORN

KEH155

HARVARD
UNIVERSITY
LIBRARY

PREFACE.

THIS work is largely a schoolroom growth. The author has for years been in the habit of writing songs and exercises on the blackboard, and those that the pupils have sung with pleasure, and of which they seemed not to tire, he has retained; and all others rejected.

It is divided into four parts:

1st.

Two-PART SOLFEGGIOS AND SONGS. 2d. THREE-PART SOLFEGGIOS AND SONGS. 3d. FOUR-PART SOLFEGGIOS AND SONGS.

The first three begin with exercises that can be advantageously used with beginners in part-singing, and increase in difficulty until they afford work for advanced singers. Variety and excellence have been sought; and music appropriate to all occasions may be found within these pages.

Part Fourth, which consists of sacred music and opening exercises, the author has made a prominent feature of the work.

He believes that sacred music should receive especial attention in our schools, as only a small per cent of those who study music in school ever make any other public use of their musical attainment than in church service. He has endeavored to give not pious words to the jingle of sweet sounds, but words of deep religious feeling wedded to music that will best aid in expressing that feeling.

The greatest pains should be taken from the first to bring all to feel the sentiment. of the words, then to express that feeling through the voice of song. All good music is elevating, but this class is particularly so, when it comes from the soul and is sung so that it reaches the soul. It is an aid in character-building that should not be overlooked. It is a help in the school discipline that no teacher can afford to lose.

To teacher and pupil the book is kindly inscribed, with the hope that it may bring to the schoolroom many a joyful hour.

August, 1892.

N. B. SARGENT,

West Boxford, Mass.

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