William Smith (compiler)

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Born: 1761

Died: 1808


American music book compiler and composer. Born near Hopewell, New Jersey, where he lived most of his life. Smith was the author and publisher of Part II of The Easy Instructor in 1803; other editions have the lead author as William Little. Nine pieces in the 1803 edition of The Easy Instructor are unattributed there and otherwise unknown; they may have been composed by William Smith.

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  • Little, William, and William Smith. 1801. The Easy Instructor, Or a New Method of Teaching Sacred Harmony. Philadelphia. Further editions 1803–1844.


  • Condit, Lester. 1946. Bibliographical Notes: Editions of Little & Smith's Easy Instructor. The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 40(3):233-236.
  • Kaufman, Charles H. 1981. Music in New Jersey, 1655-1860: A Study of Musical Activity and Musicians in New Jersey from Its First Settlement to the Civil War. East Brunswick, New Jersey: Associated Universities Presses. William Smith and the "Hopewell" Easy Instructor, Part II (1803), pp. 143-147.
  • Lowens, Irving, and Allen P. Britton. 1953. "The Easy Instructor" (1798-1831): A History and Bibliography of the First Shape Note Tune Book. Journal of Research in Music Education 1(1):30-55.
  • Metcalf, Frank J. 1937. "The Easy Instructor": A Bibliographical Study. The Musical Quarterly 23(1):89-97.

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