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Now on sale: The Choral Works of William Billings

America’s first master composer

The Complete Works of William Billings is a carefully edited and finely produced four-volume set published by the American Musicological Society together with the Colonial Society of Massachusetts.

Volume I: The New-England Psalm-Singer (1770) [1981] lxviii, 383 pp.

Volume II: The Singing Master’s Assistant (1778), Music in Miniature (1779) [1977] xv, 362 pp.

Volume III: The Psalm-Singer’s Amusement (1781), The Suffolk Harmony (1786), and the independent publications [1986] lii, 399 pp.

Volume IV: The Continental Harmony (1794), [1990] lxxii, 332 pp.

"The Billings edition is a remarkable national achievement, the first of its kind in this country, one in which the nation can take justified pride, and one which by virtue of musical worth and meticulous execution calls for celebration.” —H. Colin Slim, from the foreword to Volume IV

“The music of Billings has a charming freshness, an innocence of urban tensions, that combines in fascinating ways with a high degree of skill and sophistication in the technical handling of combined melodic lines, and with a flair for text setting.” —Nicholas Temperley

Volumes I, II, and III are hard-bound, beautifully printed by Meriden-Stinehour Press; volume IV is hard-bound, reprinted in 2013 in matching style to the other three volumes. The publishers have reduced the price to $35 per volume, plus shipping and handling. Orders of all four volumes receive a 10 percent discount ($126 plus shipping and handling).

For orders: 212 992 6340 • toll-free phone/fax: 877 679 7648;

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