LYON, James. b. Newark, New Jersey, 1 July 1735; d. Machias, Maine, 12 October 1794. Lyon was a Presbyterian minister, patriot, tunebook compiler, and composer. He is known primarily for compiling the tunebook Urania.
Lyon was the son of Zopher Lyon (1717-1744) and Mary Wood Lyon (1716-1746). Little is known of his childhood and musical training. He attended the College of New Jersey, then known as Nassau Hall, a large building completed in 1756 (now Princeton University). The 1759 Commencement held in Nassau Hall ‘ . . .concluded with [an] Ode, set to Music by [graduating student] James Lyon’ (Sonneck, Hopkinson and Lyon, pp. 124-125). It is noted that this ode-music and a...
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