Song book

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A song book is a book containing lyrics for songs. Song books may be simple composition books or spiral-bound notebooks. Music publishers also produced printed editions for group singing.[1][2] Such volumes were used in the United States by piano manufacturers as a marketing tool.[3]

Song books containing religious music are often called hymnals; books containing the music for hymns with minimal, or no words, are sometimes called tune books.[4][5]

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  1. ^ Beattie, John (1941). The Gray Book of Favorite Songs (Enlarged ed.). Chicago, IL: Hall & McCreary. OCLC: 11729190.
  2. ^ Dann, Hollis (1919). Twice 55 Plus Community Songs : The New Brown Book. Boston, Ma: C. C. Birchard Co. OCLC: 2343182.
  3. ^ The One Hundred and One Best Songs, The Cable Company, Piano Makers, Chicago, IL. 1912
  4. ^ Stone, Alfred (1891). The Bristol Tune Book (Third ed.). London, UK, New York, NY: Novello, Ewer & Co.
  5. ^ Eskew, Harry (1970), "Using Early American Hymnals and Tunebooks", Notes, vol. 27, no. 1, p. 19, JSTOR 896750, early America there were two books: the hymnal, typically with words only, and the tunebook, usually with tunes printed in open staves and frequently with only single stanzas of text. ... The hymnal was produced primarily for church use, whereas the tunebook was produced for a greater variety of uses ... .

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