James Lyon


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(1735–94), Presbyterian minister of Nova Scotia and Maine, as a psalmodist and writer of hymn tunes was one of the earliest American composers. Born in New Jersey, he graduated from Princeton (1759) and in 1761 published his Urania, or A Choice Collection of Psalm-Tunes, Anthems, and Hymns. During his pastorates in the northern colonies, he continued to compose religious music, which was published by later anthologists.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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