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date: 22 October 2019

Law, Andrew locked

  • Richard Crawford
  • , revised by Laurie J. Sampsel


(b Milford, CT, March 21, 1749; d Cheshire, CT, July 13, 1821). American singing teacher and tunebook compiler. Law established a singing-school at Rhode Island College (Brown University) in Providence, where he graduated in 1775. That same year a Connecticut newspaper referred to him as “Mr. Andrew Law, Singing Master.” He studied theology and obtained a license to preach in Congregational churches in 1776; in 1787 he was ordained as a minister. By 1778, however, he was involved in a musical career that made him perhaps the most widely traveled American-born musician of his age, and certainly the most prolific compiler.

Law never married, and he remained at the family home in Cheshire teaching singing-schools and compiling tunebooks, which were printed by his brother William. The first work he edited, Select Harmony (Cheshire, 1778–87), was also the first American sacred tunebook to combine music by English and American psalmodists in roughly equal proportion. In ...

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Journal of the American Musicological Society