Macpherson’s rudiments

rudimentsA small treasure from my bookshelves, handed down from my father about forty years ago. Very useful for an apprentice singer!

Rudiments of of Music, by Stewart MacPherson. New and revised edition, with addenda, 1908. Further revised edition, 1910. (New edition 1939) London: Joseph Williams, 1939 (JW12990). 84pp. The 3rd Galliard edition, edited by Anthony Payne was published by Stainer & Bell as recently as 1969. ISBN 0852490100

This long-lived little book has been handy for many a chorister and has the great virtue of concisely stating the basic facts in compact form. (It’s interesting to see how many books have benefited by being published with the same title.)