Oliver Shaw

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Born: 13 March 1779, Middleboro, Massachusetts

Died: 31 December 1848, Providence, Rhode Island

Biography Oliver Shaw was a singing master, organist, composer, singer, and music publisher. He moved to Providence in 1807, where he served as organist, and sang in concerts of the Boston Handel and Haydn Society. One of his students was Lowell Mason. His later songs became the first American ballads in the English style of the time (Britton, Lowens, and Crawford 1990).

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  • Shaw, Oliver, Amos Albee, and Herman Mann. 1808. The Columbian Sacred Harmonist: Or, collection of grammatical music. Dedham, Massachusetts: Hermann Mann. 128 pp.
  • Shaw, Oliver. 1815. The Providence selection of Psalm and hymn tunes. Dedham, Massachusetts: H. Mann and Company. 128 pp.
  • Shaw, Oliver. 1818. Sacred Melodies, selected from Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and others, with several original compositions. Providence, Rhode Island: Miller and Hutchens. 84 pp.
  • Shaw, Oliver. 1819. Melodia Sacra or Providence Selection of Sacred Musick. Providence, Rhode Island: Miller and Hutchens. 167 pp.


  • Britton, Allen P.; Irving Lowens; and Richard Crawford. 1990. American Sacred Music Imprints 1698-1810: A Bibliography. Worcester, Massachusetts: American Antiquarian Society. 798 pp.

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