This antique book by Henry Southwick Perkins (1833 - 1914) brother of William Perkins, Henry inherited musical talent from his parents: his father was a noted singing teacher, and his mother an excellent vocalist. He received his first musical training from his father, and attended some of the best literary schools in his youth. His formal music education began in 1857, when he entered the Boston Music School, where he graduated in 1861. For over 20 years, he devoted considerable time to conducting music festivals and conventions throughout America, from Maine to California, and in teaching in “normal” music schools in New York, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Colorado, Kansas, and Texas. He also served as Professor of Music at the University of Iowa (1867-1869); principal of the Iowa Academy of Music, Iowa City, for five years; and principal at the Kansas Normal Music School for five consecutive summers. He also composed vocal music for choirs, Sunday school, public schools, choral societies, conventions and festivals. He helped organize the Music Teachers’ National Association in in 1876, and served in nearly every official capacity in that organization between 1887 and 1897. He also organized the Illinois Music Teachers’ Association in 1886, and served as its president for 10 years. He settled in Chicago, Illinois, in 1872, and was a noted music critic for the papers there. In 1891, he established the Chicago National College of Music.
This book is for the use of singing classes, choirs, musical institutes, seminaries, academies, conventions, etc., combined in 249 pages. It contains a very full and complete elementary course; a large collection of glees, and part songs for male, female and mixed voices; hymn tunes, chants, responses, invocations, anthems, choruses, etc. It measures 9 1/2" x 6 7/8". The binding is weak with some loose pages, but none are missing. There is wear to the cover due to age but fully intact. The original owner wrote their name in pencil on inside cover. A great display piece or addition to any collection.