Plain Tunes, Hymns and Anthems from the New England Singing School Tradition
1998, Edited by Larry Gordon and Anthony Barrand. Illustrations by Tom Bower.
OUT OF PRINT
4th edition. Hardcover, 280 pages.
Northern Harmony has always been a singer's collection. These tunes have been taught to singers of every age, ability, background and musical taste. They work. There is, perhaps, no other easily accessible choral music that is as much fun to sing. The music is stark, rhythmic, frequently modal, and very distinctive, set to the fierce rhymed poetry of Issac Watts and others. We recommend this volume to singers and conductors everywhere, first and foremost because it is a collection of powerful and exciting music.
In the last two decades, there has been a tremendous resurgence of shape-note singing all over the country. This shape-note revival has inspired an outpouring of splendid new songs by young singer/composers. Over a third of this edition is accounted for by contemporary compositions.The largest part of this volume presents a selection of plain tunes, fuging tunes, and anthems written by American composers during the years 1770-1810, most of them hitherto unavailable in modern editions.
If you would like to peruse an online index for the book (where you can look up songs by title, first line, etc), please visit Robert Stoddard's site.
music, fuging tunes, singing schools & masters, the southern
tradition, contemporary compositions, issac watts and religious
poetry, suggested approach, shape notation, editing comments, singing
The Garden Hymn
Honor to the Hills
John Colby’s Hymn
My Life’s a Shade
Song of Praise
The Song of the Angels at the Nativity
Sweet Brother Weed
Sweet Was The Time
Ten Thousand Charms
To The Angels
When Shall We All Meet Again
Biographies and Notes
Extra Texts for Hymns and Psalms
This book is essentially subsidized by Northern Harmony so that it gets into people's hands. Even so, discounts are available for bulk purchases.