Long-lost Shenandoah tunebook found...

Jul 25, 2013 by

It’s rare to discover lost shape-note songs, let alone entire books, so I was completely floored to find that a copy of the long-lost James P. Carrell’s Songs of Zion (1821) was recently cataloged by the University of Virginia. Songs of Zion is a 64-page collection of shape-note tunes published by Ananias Davisson one year after his A Supplement to the Kentucky Harmony.  Unlike A Supplement and most other contemporary shape-note tunebooks, which contain folk hymn arrangements and compositions by several people, Songs of Zion claims to consist almost entirely of Carrell’s own arrangements or compositions.  It gives us a rare opportunity to study one Shenandoah Valley composer in depth.  As I understand it, the last known copy of Songs of Zion belonged to W. E. Chute, who died in 1900, so many of these songs have gone unsung for more than...

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Morgan’s Judgment Anthem, newly typeset...

Aug 26, 2013 by

UPDATE: Our friends Becky, Leland, Cheri, and Ivy in Northampton recorded JUDGMENT ANTHEM! You can hear and download it from Soundcloud. I just completed a new shape-note edition of Justin Morgan’s JUDGMENT ANTHEM, available for download here. It’s a real choral showpiece, with multiple key changes and solo sections.  Asahel Benham first published JUDGMENT ANTHEM in his Federal Harmony in 1790.  It was the first anthem ever published in shapes, appearing in the first shape-note book, Little and Smith’s Easy Instructor (1801), and continued to be popular among early shape-note publishers, including Davisson and his contemporaries.  It appeared in Wyeth’s Repository of Sacred Music, Part Second (1813), Davisson’s Kentucky Harmony (1816), Carden’s Missouri Harmony (1820), Moore’s Columbian Harmony (1825), and several other books. Whether by accident or design, Little and Smith changed the anthem in several significant ways, and these changes were copied in all...

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NSV All-Day Singing 2013: Recordings and Photos...

Jun 5, 2013 by

Thank you so much to everyone who made our first all-day singing a huge success! We’re posting links to videos, recordings, and photos on this page. Please let us know if you have any to share.

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The Electronic Edition

May 30, 2013 by

The entire Shenandoah Harmony is available as a hyperlinked PDF for $12 or the equivalent in your currency. The eBook has a fuller bibliography and 35 additional pages of indices: Index of Composers and Arrangers (with songs titles) Source Index (with bibliographic information, song titles, and page numbers in the source) Chronological Index of Songs Index of Texts, by Author Metrical Index Index of Fugue Entrances Index of Choruses Two- and Three-Part Songs You may install your eBook on any device belonging to you and store it “in the cloud” in your private accounts.  If you are not sure whether the eBook will work on your device, please download the free demo edition and try it out HERE.  Directions are HERE. To purchase an eBook, please fill out THIS FORM and then pay for...

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Demo electronic edition

May 5, 2013 by

We are pleased to offer an electronic edition of The Shenandoah Harmony. It is available for $12 or the equivalent in your currency. The ebook is a PDF, so you can save it on your computer, tablet, and/or smart phone. It has everything that’s in the print book, plus additional indices and bibliography, including fuller source and composer information, a chronological index of songs, and a chronological index of texts, with hyperlinks to the songs. Directions: We have prepared a free 100+ page demo version (below). We recommend using Adobe Reader or any PDF Reader that allows you to type in a page number or follow hyperlinks.  The ebook has been arranged with the songs first so you can easily go to a song by typing in its page number. All blue text is hyperlinked.  On...

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What they’re saying about us...

Feb 25, 2013 by

We’re so very excited that the book is being reviewed!  We sent an advance electronic copy to Sheila Girling Macadam and Edwin Macadam of the UK Sacred Harp and Shape Note Singers.  Here’s a few excerpts from their thoughtful and positive review–you can read the entire review HERE. In a time of recession that stretches beyond national and geographical boundaries, there is a lot to be said for comfort derived from the past.  For many the arrival of The Shenandoah Harmony, in content and form an homage to sacred and secular music over more than two hundred years, will be welcomed as a ray of light in an otherwise troubled world.  …   What started out as an intention to bring the music and the times of the Kentucky Harmony to a 21st -century...

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