A Dictionary of Music and Musicians/Hamilton, James
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HAMILTON, James Alexander, born in London in 1785, was the son of a dealer in old books, and self-educated. Music became his particular study—the theory rather than the practice. He wrote many elementary works, including a long series of useful catechisms on musical instruments and subjects, many of which have passed through numerous editions, and a list of which will be found in the catalogue of R. Cocks & Co. He also translated and edited Cherubini's Counterpoint and Fugue, Baillot's Method for the Violin, and other important treatises. He died Aug. 2, 1845.
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