Rachel Wells Hall

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…
Rachel Wells Hall

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…
Rachel Wells Hall

Long-lost Shenandoah tunebook found

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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…

Morgan's Judgment Anthem, newly typeset

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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…
Rachel Wells Hall

Recordings from Hadley, Ma. singing

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We had a wonderful time singing in Massachusetts on Sunday, April 14th.  Thanks to everyone involved!  There was a great variety of songs called.  Though some of these recordings are rough, they're useful as an aid to learning the songs,…
Kelly Macklin

Committee picks, part 4: Kelly

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  After finally getting to peruse the book in hand, I have renewed my acquaintance with songs we sang months ago. I second many previous picks including 184 Sinai (my favorite fugue), 334 Gethsemane (we opened with this stark, minor…

Committee picks, part 3: Myles

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With The Shenandoah Harmony back from the printers and on sale, I am excited to share some of my favorites tunes...

Keystone 2013 Recordings

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We debuted our preview packet at the 2012 Keystone Convention in Bethlehem PA. We're hoping that this session, from Keystone 2013 in Philadelphia, was the last big singing from the packet before the book is available. It's interesting to compare…
Rachel Wells Hall

Committee Picks, part 2: Nora

I have truly had an amazing experience working on this book. This is a list of songs that have really grabbed me right from the beginning for a number of reasons: They are beautiful, they are interesting, I think they are going to sound amazing…
Rachel Wells Hall

Committee picks, part 1: Rachel

Now that the book is at the printers, we on the music committee have decided to write a series of posts about the songs we are most excited to be singing!  I got this idea because I always liked seeing "staff picks" at a bookstore. I've…