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Walker, William
SOUTHERN HARMONY, AND MUSICAL COMPANION
Philadelphia: Miller & Burlock, 1854. xxxii, 336 pages. Oblong 5 3/4 inches by 9 1/4 inches. Revised edition. Original half leather binding with printed paper covered boards. First published in 1835 and revised and expanded for the last time in this 1854 edition, Southern Harmony was the most influential of the early shape-note (fasola) hymnals and songbooks. Unlike its competitor The Sacred Harp (1844), which has been continually revised into the 20th century, Southern Harmony has been unchanged since 1854; yet is still used today by some shape-note singers in the Southeastern United States. In Benton, Kentucky every May since 1884 there has been a shape-note singing event known as Big Singing Day. The singers always use the 1854 edition of Southern Harmony for the event which has been recognized by the National Music Council (NMC) as a “Landmark of American Music.” The book is generally clean and tight, with much rubbing and wear, especially along the edges of the covers. Internally clean, but as is frequently the case, there is much water staining of pages--the stains are pale and do not interfere with the legibility of the music. In all, a good example of this scarce classic of American music.. Revised Edition. Hardcover. Collectible-Good. Oblong--5 3/4 inches by 9 1/4 Inches. Book.
Bookseller: Tennyson Williams Books and Fine Art [Williamsburg, VA, U.S.A.]

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