390 OHIO

May 28, 2012 by

We’re including several state songs in the book, including two PENNSYLVANIAs (by Ingalls and Shumway) and this song, Samuel Holyoke’s OHIO (ShH 390), published in 1791–a time when Ohio was the western frontier.  In the introduction to Holyoke’s Harmonia Americana, he writes, Perhaps some may be disappointed, that fugueing pieces are in general omitted.  But the principal reason why few were inserted was the trifling effect produced by that sort of music; for the parts, falling in, one after another, each conveying a different idea, confound the sense, and render the performance a mere jargon of words. Nevertheless, he thinks highly enough of OHIO to include it in the collection, and we’re including it in ours!  It features a triple fugue, each with a different pattern of entries.  My mother, Debbie Hall, introduced the song...

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