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    The Anacreontick Song

    It is this edition from which most claims of Smith's authorship of the tune come. While it is accepted that he did the arrangement for the tune, other initial sources for the melody have been given as an old hunting song or traditional bar song. Published in "A fifth book of canzonets, catches, canons & glees, sprightly and plaintive, with a part for the ...

    • Contributor: "printed for the Author" - Smith, John Stafford - [tomlinson, Ralph]
    • Date: 1799

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    Songs (1788) [from old catalog]

    sheet music | [15] l. 24 x 35 cm. | Sheet Music (Form). Print (Form).

    • Contributor: Published by T. Dobson, I. Aitken - Hopkinson, Francis
    • Date: 1788

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    Adams and liberty

    "Adams and liberty" is written to the tune of the Anacreontic song, and this is believed to be the first American book publication of the music of that song. Published in "The American musical miscellany," pages 211-218. Author was christened Thomas Paine, and changed his name after the piece was published.

    • Contributor: A. Wright, for D. Wright and Company - [smith, John Stafford?] - [paine Jr., Robert Treat]
    • Date: 1798

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    Boston patriotic song [Adams and liberty]

    Lyrics only -- tune called for is "To Anacreon in Heaven." Printed in "A collection of songs" (Charles Dibdin, compiler?), pages 326-328.

    • Contributor: J. Bioren for H. & P. Rice - [paine Jr., Robert Treat]
    • Date: 1799

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    [ Song 566] Anacreontic Society

    Published in "The vocal magazine," pages 147 and 148 (Content). First dated printing of the poem "To Anacreon in Heav'n" (no music). B1 in Star Spangled Books.

    • Contributor: J. Harrison for J. Bew - Tomlinson, Ralph, Esq
    • Date: 1778

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    To Anacreon, in heav'n

    First book printing of both the poem and the tune of the Anacreontic song. There is reasonable historical doubt about John Stafford Smith's actual composition of the melody. Published in "The vocal enchantress," pages 336-338.

    • Contributor: J. Fielding - [smith, John Stafford?] - [tomlinson, Ralph]
    • Date: 1783

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    The Library of Congress Celebrates the Songs of America

    See and Hear American History Through Song "Know the songs of a country and you will know its history for the true feeling of a people speaks through what they sing." – Preface to The Songs of Henry Clay Work (1884) Listen to the changes in the "Star Spangled Banner" as played by different bands in different eras. Look at the ways in ...

    • Date: 1581

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    Divine songs

    114 p. |

    • Contributor: Wood, Abraham
    • Date: 1728

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    A new version of the psalms of David

    405 p. |

    • Contributor: Brady, Nicholas - Tate, Nahum
    • Date: 1767

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    Sixteen anthems

    80 p. | collected from Tans'ur, Williams, Knapp, Asworth & Stephenson. To which is added, a few psalm tunes. Proper to entertain and improve those who have made some proficiency in the art of singing. (Statement Of Responsibility).

    • Contributor: Flagg, Josiah
    • Date: 1766

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    Urania, or A choice collection of psalm-tunes, anthems and hymns

    310 p. |

    • Contributor: Lyon, James
    • Date: 1761

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