BURROWES, John Freckleton.
BURROWES, John Freckleton. The Piano-Forte Primer; containing the Rudiments of Music: calculated either for private Tuition, or Teaching in Classes … Second Edition.
London: Published for the Author, by Chappell and Co. … and Clementi and Co. …  1819.
12mo (185 × 110 mm) in half-sheets, pp. ix, [3], 56, [4] advertisements, with a printed slip (‘Just published, A Collection of old and new Psalm Tunes … Selected and composed by J. F. Burrows’) tipped in after p. 56; musical examples in the text; uncut in the original printed boards, spine largely perished; early ink ownership inscription (‘Miss P. Wrightson’) to front pastedown.
Second edition. ‘The first edition [1818] of The Piano-Forte Primer was reviewed by G. L. Engelbach in Ackermann’s Repository, who commended Burrowes for developing the rudiments of music “with great method and perspicuity.” Engelbach thought that the author’s “definitions are clear and satisfactory, and his language will be found altogether plain and intelligible to juvenile capacity.” The tutor enjoyed considerable popularity: by 1831 eleven editions had appeared along with numerous reissues of the different editions; and it continued to be reprinted well into the 19th century’ (Kassler, p. 138).
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