Clayton & Carrell. The Virginia Harmony, 4 note shape tunebook
Clayton & Carrell. The Virginia Harmony, 4 note shape tunebook
Clayton & Carrell. The Virginia Harmony, 4 note shape tunebook
Clayton & Carrell. The Virginia Harmony, 4 note shape tunebook

Clayton & Carrell. The Virginia Harmony, 4 note shape tunebook

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Clayton, David L.; Carrell, James P. The Virginia Harmony, A New and Choice Selection of Psalm & Hymn Tunes, Anthems & Set Pieces, in Three and Four Parts, some of which have never before been published; Prepared for the Use of Singing Societies, Teachers of Sacred Music, and Individual Instruction. To which is Prefixed, An Introduction Explanatory of the System, and A Series of Progressive Lessons. Winchester: Printed by Robinson & Hollis, 1836. Second Edition, Revised and Enlarged, by D. L. Clayton. [8676]

Leather spine with plain paper over card, vertical crease to center of front, joints good, binding is scuffed and worn. Oblong 12.5 cm (5 x 9 inches). (1)-174, 177-200. Title page is detached and creased; leaf 177-178 is detached; no front end papers. DEFECTIVE: lacking one leaf, pp. 175-176 Good. Hardcover.

Stanislaw 35. A four-shape note tunebook.

"There are seventeen songs composed by Carrell. These songs are uniformly dignified and decidedly above the average rural southern product in the matter of musical invention or, I might almost say, inspiration. The rest of the tunes conform to what the Preface promises, namely, that 'the compilers...have passed by many of the light airs to be found in several of the recent publications...and have confined themselves to the plain psalmody of the most eminent composers.'"- Jackson, White Spirituals in the Southern Uplands, pp, 35-36.

The Virginia Harmony was first published in 1831 at Winchester, Virginia, and contained 191 tunes on 167 pages. This second edition has 33 additional pages of music.

David Little Clayton (1801-1854), b. Monongahela Co., Virginia; d. Frederick Co., Virginia. A Presbyterian, Clayton was a farmer, magistrate, and church elder. - see David Warren Steel, Lazarus J. Jones and the Southern Minstrel (1849), American Music Vol. 6, No. 2. (Summer, 1988).

James P. Carrell (1787-1854), Methodist minister from Lebanon, Virginia. In addition to his ministry with the Methodists, he was a singing teacher, composer and songbook compiler. He is credited with two tunebooks in the four-shape note tradition.

"It is one of the earliest known print sources of the tune for 'Amazing Grace', given in The Virginia Harmony as 'Harmony Grove' and used as a setting for the Isaac Watts hymn 'There Is a Land of Pure Delight'. The 'Amazing Grace' text was not set to this melody until the 1847 Southern Harmony, where the tune was called 'New Britain'." - wikipedia.

"Harmony Grove" is on p. 19 of this tunebook.

With a signed provenance card from the collection of A. Merril Smoak, Jr., DWS.