Ingalls, Jeremiah, American tunebook compiler and composer; b. Andover, Mass., March 1, 1764; d. Hancock, Vt., April 6, 1838. He settled in Vt., where he was active as a singing-school master, bass viol player, and choral conductor. He publ. the tunebook The Christian Harmony, or Songster’s Companion (Exeter, N.H., 1805), which includes the first publ. spiritual folk songs, a sacred text set to a secular or folk melody.
D. Klocko, J. I.’s “The Christian Harmony: or, Songster’s Companion (1805)” (diss., Univ. of Mich., 1978).
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