Timothy Swan

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Born: 23 July 1758, Worcester, Massachusetts

Died: 23 July 1842, Northfield, Massachusetts

Biography: Timothy Swan was an American hatter, merchant, poet, and composer of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. During the American Revolution, he was a fifer. He contributed psalm-tunes to compilations from 1783, and published his own New England Harmony in 1801.

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  • Bayley, Daniel. 1785. The Essex Harmony, or Musical Miscellany. Newburyport: The Author and Son. 40 pp.
  • Benham, Asahel. 1790. Federal Harmony. New Haven: A. Morse. 36 pp.
  • Benjamin, Jonathan. 1799. Harmonia Cœlestis. Northampton: Andrew Wright. 79 pp.
  • Brownson, Oliver. 1785. Select Harmony. [Hartford, Connecticut?] 84 pp.
  • Brownson, Oliver. 1797. A New Collection of Sacred Harmony. [Hartford, Connecticut?] 56 pp.
  • Cooke, Nym, Editor. 1997. Timothy Swan: Psalmody and secular songs. Madison, Wisconsin: American Musicological Society and A-R Editions.
  • Ely, Alexander. 1792. The Baltimore Collection of Church Music. Baltimore: John Hagerty. 48 pp.
  • Little, William, and William Smith. 1801. The Easy Instructor, or A New Method of Teaching Sacred Harmony. [Philadelphia] . 105 pp.
  • Steel, David Warren, and Richard H. Hulan. 2010. The Makers of the Sacred Harp. Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois Press. 322 pp.
  • Stickney, John. 1783. The Gentleman and Lady’s Musical Companion. Newburyport: Daniel Bayley. 160 pp.