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American Music] Gifford, Isaac. (1772-1843)
Decorated Tenor Partbook from Early American Fa-Sol-La Tradition, dated 1797
Autograph musical manuscript, dated 1797, approx. 70 pp., handwritten in ink throughout, followed by additional blank leaves and containing nearly 50 songs in total (with titles such as "French tune", "London tune", "York tune", "Dundee tune", "Dublin tune", "Martyrs tune", "Aby tune", "Newton tune", St. David's tune", etc.), consisting of a combination of popular tunes from the period and apparently original compositions penned by Isaac Gifford. Entries are embellished throughout the book with assorted decorative border patterns painstakingly hand-drawn by Gifford. 3.75 × 6.5 inches (9.5 × 16.5 cm), leather-backed paper-covered boards. Cover worn and partially detached, some loose leaves, one leaf lacking, scattered staining and minor tearing, mild toning, ink bold and legible throughout. A fascinating early American manuscript music book kept by Isaac Gifford of Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, founded just ten years previous, in 1787. This manuscript is an early witness of the American singing tradition that encompassed shape-note singing and the Sacred Harp. The present collection is a partbook for the "tenner" or tenor voice, which in this tradition sang the melody in the middle of a texture, harmonized by higher and lower voices. Its notation was designed for readers and singers who possessed differing kinds of musical literacy. Instead of note heads, the letters F, S, L, and M were written on a five-line staff: the whole-step syllables fa-sol-la repeated within the octave, along with the half-step syllable mi. In the present manuscript, a single tune is given on each … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Schubertiade Music [Newton, MA, U.S.A.]
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