Harmonic Companion (Law, Andrew)
Philadelphia: published by the author and David Hogan, 1807.
Printer: Thomas T. Stiles
[Philadelphia: Robert and William Carr, for the author, n.d.]
Missing title-page, pages 107-111 & index.
[Philadelphia: published by the author]
This is only pp.89-112; the rest is missing. Originally bound in at the end of a copy of Law's Art of Singing (after #265033 on that page).
|Work Title||Harmonic Companion|
|Alternative Title||Harmonic Companion, and Guide to Social Worship: being a choice selection of tunes, adapted to the various Psalms and hymns, used by the different Societies in the United States, together with the principles of music, and easy lessons for learners. By Andrew Law.|
|Dedication||The Ministers of the Gospel, and the Singing Masters, Clerks and Choristers throughout the United States|
|Instrumentation||3-4 voices / choir|
N.B. The 4-shape notation here is Law's own invention - in addition to being printed without staff lines, it differs from the more common 4-shape system that is still in use today (first used in The Easy Instructor) in that the rectangle notehead denotes faw, and the triangle law.
He later revised this so that 7 syllables could be used, by distinguishing three shapes with a dot (looking like a staccato dot), in effect a sort of 7-shape notation.