Vox Humana Posted May 20, 2006 Share Posted May 20, 2006 Francis Linley was born in Doncaster in 1770 or 1771. Blind from birth, he was taught the organ by Edward Miller, the organist of Doncaster parish church. In his early twenties he moved to London as organist of St James's Chapel, Pentonville, and in December 1795 he purchased the music publishing business of John Bland in Holborn. After the failure of the business in 1797 he went to America, but returned to his birthplace in 1799, where he died the following year, aged 29. His book, A Practical Introduction to the Organ, is specifically aimed at young organists. It is usually dated c.1800, but I am not sure why. The title-page states that it was 'Printed & Sold by J. Bland, No 45 High Holborn', so it seems more likely to me that he actually published it sometime during the 1790s while he was in London - perhaps while he owned the business. It must have proved popular since it was still being published in 'corrected and enlarged' editions well after his death. The book is in five parts. The first is an introduction; the other four consist of music: preludes, voluntaries, 'full pieces and fugees' [sic] and psalms [i.e. hymn tunes]'. In the following post I give the text of the title page and Part 1. Spelling and punctuation is as in the original. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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