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LAW, Andrew, psalmodist, born in Cheshire, Connecticut, in 1748; died there in July, 1821. About the beginning of the 19th century he began the issue of a periodical, the "Art of Singing." It was in three parts, entitled, respectively, " Musical Primer," "Christian Harmony," and "Musical Magazine," and is thought to be the first musical periodical that was issued in this country. He endeavored to introduce a new system of notation without the five lines, and, failing in this, modified the system by restoring the five lines in a broken manner. The heads of the notes had peculiar shapes--square, diamond, half-diamond, and quarter-diamond, according to their value. He published " Musical Primer" (1780); "A Collection of the Best and most Approved Tunes and Anthems known to exist" (Cheshire, 1782), which was subsequently combined with a second volume entitled "Christian Harmony "; " Original Collection of Music" (Baltimore, 1786); and "Rudiments of Music."
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