"Exercises on graces and cadences, also a method of teaching how to sing a second and to an accompaniment of any instrument for which pupose a duett and two songs are added."--title page.
Biographical note: William Leopold Grosse was born in Dessau, Upper Saxony, in c.1781. As a child he studied piano and french horn. At the age of 25, having spent the previous six years working as a surveyor on the estates of the local Duke, Grosse opened a music shop at the university of Halle. Following the Battle of Jena, in 1806, Grosse was expelled from the region, along with other teachers and students, and was forced to join a German regiment then being raised by the French. He was taken prisoner at Flushing and transported to England. He stayed in London, establishing a music school in Pimlico and wrote [or arranged] and published many songs and piano compositions. Source: 'A dictionary of musicians', London: Sainsbury and Co., 1827.
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Contents: Preface -- The minor scale -- The shake -- Chromatics -- [Articulation] -- Distances in the scale commonly in use -- To render the voice flexible -- Of graces -- Of cadences in melody -- Singing a second or other parts of harmony -- Introductory lessons for the singing to an accompanyment -- 'Ah! Fear me not sweet bird! but stay' / written by a Lady ; music by Wm. Grosse -- 'Why should misfortune our days overclouding' / music by Mr Grosse ; words by P.H. Valle -- ''Tis pleasant at eve thro' the woodland to stray'. Full text available online at Internet Archive
Provenance: Music seller's ink stamp on cover: From W.H. Tyrers, 81 George Street, Sydney.