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BEDFORD, Arthur (1668--1745)
The great abuse of musick. In two parts. Containing an account of the use and design of musick among the antient Jews, Greeks, Romans, and others; with their concern for, and care to prevent the abuse thereof. And also an account of the immorality and profaneness, which is occasioned by the corruption of that most noble science in the present age. By Arthur Bedford, M.A. ...
London: printed by J.H. for John Wyatt, 1711.
[4], 276 p. : illus. (music) ; 19.3 cm. (8º)

Includes 'A Canon Of Four Parts in One, According to Mr. Purcell's Rule of Fuging' at the end. Pages 240, 256 and 268 are misnumbered 40, 156 and 168 respectively. Arthur Bedford's attack on the morality of stage-music at the time takes strength from Collier's systematic demolition of the character of Restoration drama in his series of publications taking a 'short view of the immorality, and profaneness of the English stage', 1698--1708 (qq.v.). Bedford had similarly published his own attack in this kind, The Evil and Danger of Stage Plays, Bristol, 1706, itself a contribution to the 'battle of the books' between Temple, Swift, Bentley and others. Bedford later became Chaplain to the Hanoverian Prince of Wales and is also represented in the library by his Animadversions on Isaac Newton (q.v.); his reputation as a writer on music is based on his The Temple Musick: or, an essay concerning the method of singing the psalms of David in the temple, 1706. ESTC 116425.

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink on front free-endpaper John Soane.

Binding C18th Cambridge-style panelled calf, plain spine without label or lettering.

Reference Number 3729


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