Suffering Savior (p. 344t)

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This was my response to a post by Matt Bell on the fasola-discussions list, but it deserves its own place here... The arrangement of SUFFERING SAVIOR that's in William Hauser's Hesperian Harp is one of my favorite songs.  It's in the…

200 Years of Bourbon

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One of the joys---and sometimes frustrations---of choosing songs for The Shenandoah Harmony   was the often overwhelming number of different shape-note arrangements available for the same song.  BOURBON (13t), which has been in print since…

Friendship (to every willing mind)

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221b FRIENDSHIP is one of the few folk melodies in A Supplement to the Kentucky Harmony that has a well known, secular source---it was written by George Frederick Handel for his 1736 opera Atalanta.  Sometime in the sixty years after its…

Four ``Irish'' Tenors

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Here are four favorite melodies I find myself coming back to time and again...  All four were published by Ananias Davisson in the Shenandoah Valley.  They're all minor and seem, at least to me, similar to a lot of Irish tunes I heard growing…