The following (more-or-less) alphabetical list is
intended as a companion to Steven Sabols'
Tunebooks, Music Books, and Hymnals,
where you will find reviews for most of them. You may wish to open his page in a separate browser window, so that you can
easily go back and forth between his page and mine.
America's Music: From the Pilgrims to the Present; Gilbert Chase;
University of Illinois Press Third edition (November 1992)
An American Christmas Harp; Third Edition, 2009, compiled by Karen Willard; ISBN 978-1-61584-532-3
American Fuging Tunes, 1770-1820: A Descriptive Catalog; Karl Kroeger; (Music Reference
Collection, No 41); Greenwood Publishing Group (November 1993)
See Karen Willard's Review below the initial book information.
The American Musical Miscellany: A Collection of the Newest and Most Approved Songs, Set to Music; H. Wiley Hitchcock; Da Capo Press; 1972 facsimile (June 1978)
American Psalmody, or titles of Books Containing Tunes Printed in America from 1721 to 1820;
Frank J. Metcalf; Da Capo Press
American Sacred Music Imprints, 1698-1810: A Bibliography; Allen Perdue Britton, Irving Lowens,
Richard Crawford; American Antiquarian Society; (October 1990)
Same ISBN# as A Bibliography of American Sacred Music, 1698-1810.
Andrew Law, American Psalmodist; Richard Crawford; Da Capo Press;
original published in 1968
The Anthem in New England Before 1800; Ralph T. Daniel; Da Capo Press;
originally published in 1966
Catalog of the Musical Works of William Billings (Musical Reference Collection, no. 32); Richard Crawford,
compiler; Greenwood Publishing Group; (June 1992)
A Checklist of Four-Shape Shape-Note Tunebooks;
Richard J. Stanislaw; Institute for Studies in American Music Monograph No. 10; 1978; Brooklyn College of the City University of New York
The Christian Harmony; Jeremiah Ingalls; Thomas B.
Malone, edMusic of the New American Nation2005
Shapenotes edition printed in four shapes
Tom Malone email
The Christian Harmony;
Jeremiah Ingalls; David Klocko, editor; 1981 facsimile of a New England tunebook, written in round notes
N.B. This is not the same book as William Walker's shape-note The Christian
The Christian Harmony, 2010 Edition; William Walker
This revision combines William Walker's 1873 edition ("Carolina book") with the 2002 printing of the Deason-Parris
revision ("Alabama book").
The Christian Harmony; William Walker Edition; 2015 Folk Heritage Facsimile Edition
Seven shapes. Not currently listed at Amazon.com (October 2021)
Folk Heritage Books
The Church Music of William Billings; J. Murray Barbour; Da Capo Press; (June 1972)
Collected Works (Recent Researches in American Music, Vol. 18); Stephen Jenks (1772-1856); David
Warren Steel; A-R Editions; (June 1995)
Collected Works (Recent Researches in American Music, Vol. 24); Daniel Read (1757-1836); Karl
Kroeger, editor; A-R Editions; (October 1995)
Also published as Vol. 4 of Music of the United States of America (same ISBN#)
The Complete Works of William Billings (4 volume set);
Karl Kroeger; Hans Nathan; Richard Crawford; University Press of Virginia
The Complete Works of William Billings: Volume I: The New England Psalm-Singer (1770); Karl
Kroeger, editor; University Press of Virginia; (November 1981)
The Complete Works of William Billings: Volume II: The Singing Master's Assistant (1778) and Music in Miniature
(1779); William Billings; University Press of Virginia; (December 1984)
The Complete Works of William Billings: Volume III: The Psalm Singer's Amusement (1781);
William Billings; University Press of Virginia; (February 1987)
The Complete Works of William Billings: Volume IV: The Continental Harmony (1794); William
Billings; Karl Kroeger, editor; University Press of Virginia; (May 1990)
The Core Repertory of Early American Psalmody (Recent Researches in American Music, Vols. 11-12);
Richard Crawford, editor; A-R Edition; (June 1984)
Down-East Spirituals and Others: Three Hundred Songs Supplementary to the Author's "Spiritual Folk-Songs of Early
America"; George Pullen Jackson, editor; Da Capo Press
Early New England Psalmody: An Historical Appreciation; Hamilton C. MacDougall;
originally published in 1940
An Eclectic Harmony:
A Collection Of Four-Shape Tunes, Old And New, In A Great Variety Of Styles And Metres From Sources
Additional To The Denson Revision Of The Sacred Harp, Submitted For The Spiritual Upliftment And Enjoyment Of The Discerning Public; Compiled by Liz Bryant et alia; 1999
This is not the same book as The Sacred Harp, Or, Eclectic Harmony, which is a round-note tune book compiled by Lowell Mason and Timothy B Mason.
An Eclectic Harmony II:
A collection of tunes in a great variety of styles and meters from early seven-shape songbooks in use today and new compositions; compiled by Sharon Kellam, Berkley Moore, et alia
Predominantly seven-shape notation.
contact Richard L. Schmeidler at schmeidler-at-alum-dot-calberkeley-dot-org
Encyclopedia of Southern Culture; Charles Reagan Wilson, William Ferris, Alex Haley, Ann J.
Abadie, editors; University of North Carolina Press; (July 1989)
Fuging Tunes in the Eighteenth Century; Nicholas Temperley and Charles G. Manns;
(Detroit Studies in Music Bibliography, No. 49.)
Harmonia Sacra: A Compilation of Genuine Church Music; Joseph Funk and Sons, editors
The Harmonia Sacra
Typeset by James Nelson Gingerich and published online by James Nelson Gingerich & Will Fitzgerald, includes extensive information.
HarmoniaSacra.og presents this book free on-line in both the original 7-shape version and a 4-shape (Sacred
Harp style) version.
The Harmonia Sacra Handbook: A compilation of Genuine Information, Comprising a Great Variety of Tedious
and Tasteless Details, gathered for the 25th EditionTogether with a Copious Documentation of Authors, Composers and Sources. Exemplified with Dates and
Cross-References, in a Plain and Comprehensive Manner; James Nelson Gingerich and Matthew Lind
James Nelson Gingerich
Harmony of Maine; Supply Belcher; Da Capo Press; originally printed in 1794
Written before the days of shaped notes, some of Belcher's music later got into shape-note tune books.
Hymn Tune Index: A Census of English-Language Hymn Tunes in Printed Sources from 1535 to1820;
Nicholas Temperley, Charles G. Manns, and Joseph Herl; Oxford University Press/Clarendon Press
Hymns and Tunes: An Index; Katharine S. Diehl; Scarecrow Press
Mennonite Hymnal, Shaped Notes; Herald Press; 1960
The Missouri Harmony: Or a Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes, and Anthems; 1846 edition; Allen D.
Carden, compiler; University of Nebraska Press facsimile reprint of the 1846 edition
The Missouri Harmony: Or a Choice Collection of Psalm Tunes, Hymns, and Anthems; 2005 edition;
Allen D. Carden, compiler; Missouri History Museum Press; Revised edition
St. Louis Shape Note Singers
Music of the New American Nation: Sacred Music from 1780-1820; Karl Kroeger and others,
editors; Garland Publishing Co.; 15-volume series
Music of the New American Nation: Volume 1.: Amos Bull, The Collected Works; Karl Kroeger,
editor; Garland Publishing Co.; (March 1996)
Music of the New American Nation: Volume 2.: Three Connecticut Composers: The Collected Works of Oliver Brownsonson,
Alexander Gillet, and Soloman Chandler; Karl Kroeger, editor; Garland Publishing Co
Music of the New American Nation: Volume 3.: Three New York Composers: The Collected Works of Lewis Edson, Lewis
Edson, Jr., and Nathaniel Billings;
Karl Kroeger, editor; Garland Publishing Co.; (October 1995)
Music of the New American Nation: Volume 4.: Elias Mann (1750-1825), The Collected Works;
Daniel C. L. Jones, editor; Garland Publishing Co.; (March 1996)
Music of the New American Nation: Volume 5.: Supply Belcher (1751-1836), The Collected Works;
Linda Davenport, editor; Garland Publishing Co.; (November 1996)
Music of the New American Nation: Volume 6.: Abraham Wood, The Collected Works; Karl
Kroeger, editor; Garland Publishing Co.; (March 1996)
Music of the New American Nation: Volume 7.: Two Vermont Composers: The Collected Works of Elisha West (1752-ca. 1808) and
Justin Morgan (1747-1798);
Karl Kroeger, editor; Garland Publishing Co.; (March 1997)
Ever wonder what happened to Justin Morgan's horse?
Justin Morgan Had a Horse; Marguerite Henry, Wesley Dennis (Illustrator); Aladdins
Reading level: Ages 9-12 I read this just a few years ago, and thoroughly enjoyed it.
However, it's more about the horse than the Singingschool Master!
Music of the New American Nation: Volume 8.: Two Connecticut Composers: The Collected Works of Asahel Benham and Merit
Woodruff; Karl Kroeger, editor; Garland Publishing Co.; (October 1995)
Music of the New American Nation: Volume 9.: Jacobs French (1754-1817), The Collected Works; Daniel
C. L. Jones, editor; Garland Publishing Co.
Music of the New American Nation: Volume 10.: Joseph Stone (1758-1837), The Collected Works; Karl
Kroeger, editor; Garland Publishing Co.; (March 1996)
Music of the New American Nation: Volume 11.: Samuel Babcock (ca. 1760-1813), The Collected Works;
Laurie Sampsel, editor; Garland Publishing Co.
Music of the New American Nation: Volume 12.: Samuel Holyoke (1762-1820) and Jacob Kimball (1761-1826), Selected
Works; Harry Eskew and Karl Kroeger, editors Garland Publishing Co.; (November 1997)
Music of the New American Nation: Volume 13.: Oliver Holden (1765-1844), The Collected Works;
Oliver Holden, David W. Music, editors; Garland Publishing Co.; (January 1998)
Music of the New American Nation: Volume 14.: Daniel Belknap (1771-1818), The Collected Works;
David Warren Steel, editor; Garland Publishing Co.
Music of the New American Nation: Volume 15.: Two Connecticut Composers: The
Collected Works of Eliakim Doolittle (1772-1850) and Timothy Olmstead (1759-1848); Maxine Fawcett-Yeske, editor
Garland Publishing Co.
Eastendbooksptown (scroll down)
New Harp of Columbia: Tennesseana Editions Series; M. L. Swan University of Tennessee
Press, 1978 Trade
Northern Harmony: Plain Tunes, Fuging Tunes,
and Anthems from the New England Singing School Traditions; Larry Gordon et al., eds.
Various editions contain different song selections.
The Norumbega Harmony: Historic and Contemporary Hymn
Tunes and Anthems from the New England Singing School Tradition;
Stephen A. Marini, University Press of Mississippi; (January 2004); (American Made Music Series)
The Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts: With All the Additional Hymns and Complete Indexes; Isaac Watts
Soli Deo Gloria Publications (June 1998)
The Psalm-Singer's Amusement; William Billings; Da Capo Press; (June 1974)
A 1974 Facsimile of The Psalm-Singer's Amusement (Earlier American Music, No 20)
Public Worship, Private Faith: Sacred Harp and American Folksong; John Bealle University of
Georgia Press; (October 1997)
The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition; Benjamin F. White and E. J. King
The See Steven Sabol's Tunebooks, Music Books, and Hymnals
This essential tunebook is not available from Amazon, because it has no ISBN #.
The Sacred Harp
Book Publishing Company Alibris.com
The Sacred Harp; B. F. White and E. J. King; Reprint Services Corp.; Library Binding
Facsimile of the Third (1859) Edition. Subsequent editions removed some songs while introducing others.
The Sacred Harp: A Tradition and Its Music; Buell E. Cobb; Thrasher Book
See Warren Steel's Review
The Sacred Harp: an Index to Every Word and Verse in the Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition;
September Psalms: The Shape-Note Community Remembers;
Chris Noren, editor; Spiral-bound
A collection of tunes in the tradition of The Sacred Harp and related shape-note
tunebooks, including 26 original tunes by living composers and with seven early American revival and patriotic tunes, some newly arranged. All
proceeds collected from sales of the book were donated to the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund Out of print.
Singing Baptists: Studies in Baptist Hymnody in America;
Harry Eskew, David W. Music, and Paul A. Richardson; Church Street Press; (June 1998)
Includes articles about shape-note tunebooks, including Southern Harmony,
Christian Harmony, and The Little Seraph (by J. R. Graves).
The Social Harp; by John G McCurry (Author),
Daniel W Patterson (Editor), John F Garst (Editor); University of Georgia Press; (April 13, 2006)
The Sound of the Dove: Singing in Appalachian Primitive Baptist Churches; (Music in American Life);
Beverly Bush Patterson; University of Illinois Press; (Pro Ref, March 1995)
The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion; William Walker,
Glenn C. Wilcox, eds.; University of Kentucky Press; (with CD)
See Warren Steel's Review of the 1997 edition of the Tunebook,
written for Ethnomusicology 33 (Spring/Summer 1989)
Digital (Work in Progress)
Spiritual Folk-Songs of Early America; George P. Jackson, editor; Peter Smith Pub. (1975)
Stoughton Musical Society's Centennial Collection of Sacred Music (Earlier American Music
Series No. 23); Stoughton Musical Society Da Capo Press; reprint (June 1980) of the original 1878 tunebook
A Survey of Christian Hymnody; William J. Reynolds and Milburn Price; Hope Publishing Company
3rd edition; (October 1987)
Timothy Swan: Psalmody and Secular Songs (Music of the United States of America, Vol. 6); Nym Cooke, editor
A-R Editions; (August 1997)
Also published as Vol. 26 of Recent Researches in American Music; (same ISBN#)
White and Negro Spirituals, Their Lifespan and Kinship; George Pullen Jackson; Da Capo
Press reprint (July 1975)
White Spirituals in the Southern Uplands: The Story of the Fasola Folk,
Their Songs, Singings, and "Buckwheat Notes"; George Pullen Jackson
William Billings of Boston: Eighteenth Century Composer; David McKay and Richard Crawford; Princeton
University Press; (June 1975)
Shape Note Music: Audio
Some Sacred Harp MP3 selections are at Amazon.com
Many shapenote selections are also on Youtube.com
| The following (more-or-less) alphabetical list is intended as a companion to Steven Sabols'
Sacred Harp and Related Shape-Note Music: Resources,
where you will find reviews for most of them. At Berkley Moore's searchable Shape Note Recording
Index, you can find tune-lists for many recording titles, and you can search by a tune name to discover which recordings include
it. New listings appear at online bookstores frequently, especially among used recordings.
American Christmas: Shapenote Carols from New England and Appalachia;
Anonymous, William Billings, Edward French, R. Herron,
Jeremiah Ingalls, John Massengale, John G. McCurry, Daniel Read,
Joseph Stephenson, Timothy Swan, William Harvey Jr. Swan, Christmas Traditional, Composers
Wesley Rogers (Performer) Loft Recordings (August 5, 2003) Audio CD
American Christmas; Anonymous, George Frederick Handel, John Jacob Niles, American Traditional,
Christmas Traditional, John Francis Wade (Composers) Frederick Jodry, Joel Cohen (Conductors)
Boston Camerata (Performer) Erato (September 7, 1993) Audio CD
Some of the tracks are Shape-note hymns.
1. I. Prepare The Way: Watchman Of Zion [of the Mennonite shape-note tradition, according to M. J. Smith, review at Amazon.]
2. I. Prepare The Way: Kingsbridge [in The American Harmony. Performed with instruments,
rather than women's voices; Cohen states that this reflects what we know about early practice in English country churches.]
Kingsbridge was incoporated into The Sacred Harp.]
3. I. Prepare The Way: Bozrah [in several shape note tune books, including The
Sacred Harp, where the tune name is "The Traveler".]
4. I. Prepare The Way: Baptismal Anthem ["Baptismal Anthem is from the Original Sacred Harp
with the addition of the alto line but no shapes." - M. J. Smith, review at Amazon.]
5. II. A Virgin Unspotted: A Christmas Hymn (Stephenson) [in Wyeth's Repository of Sacred Music Part
6. II. A Virgin Unspotted: A Virgin Most Pure - A Virgin Unspotted
7. II. A Virgin Unspotted: Boston [in The Sacred Harp tune name is "Boston."]
8. III. Lo, The Bridegroom: The Heavenly Courtier
9. III. Lo, The Bridegroom: Pretty Home
10. III. Lo, The Bridegroom: The Midnight Cry [19th c., American; it is in The Sacred Harp.]
11. IV. I Wonder As I Wander: Wayfaring Stranger [flute solo] [it's in The Sacred Harp]
12. IV. I Wonder As I Wander: Slow Traveller
13. IV. I Wonder As I Wander: I Wonder As I Wander
14. IV. I Wonder As I Wander: Lullay, Thou Tiny Little Child
15. V. Shepherds Rejoice: Lovely Vine [in The Christian Harmony
North Carolina and Alabama)."]
16. V. Shepherds Rejoice: Adeste Fideles [in The
Sacred Harp tune name is "Portuguese Hymn"]
17. V. Shepherds Rejoice: Still Water
18. V. Shepherds Rejoice: While Shepherds Watched (Folksong)
19. V. Shepherds Rejoice: Sherburne [in The Sacred Harp
20. V. Shepherds Rejoice: Shepherds Rejoice [The Sacred Harp tune name is "Plenary".]
21. VI. Light Of The World: Fulfilment [The Sacred Harp spelling of the tune name is "Fulfillment".]
22. VI. Light Of The World: Fulfilment
23. VI. Light Of The World: Hush My Babe, Lie Still And Slumber [in The Sacred Harp tune
name is "Charlestown".]
24. VI. Light Of The World: Jesus The Light Of The World
25. VI. Light Of The World: Joy To The World [in The Continental Harmony,
"Father" Kemp [R. C. Kemp], 1857
The American Vocalist ~ Spirituals, 1850-1870;
William Billings, Daniel Read, et al., Composers. (October 20, 1992)
Joel Cohen conducting the Boston Camerata, Schola Cantorum Boston, et al.
An American Idyll;
Daniel McCabe, et al. Fleur De Son - #57924, June 24, 1997
Christmas in Early America; Columbus Consort/MP3
The Colored Sacred Harp;
Wiregrass Sacred Harp Singers.
See Warren Steel's Review
Desire For Piety / Wiregrass Sacred Harp Singers;
Benjamin Franklin White, Henry G. Mann, et al., Composers. New World Records (June 10, 1997)
Folk Music U.S.A.: Vol. 1; MP3; Rocky Road: Shape-Note Singing
Glory Shone Around: A Christmas Collection;
Northampton Harmony, Tony Trischka et al. Rounder Records, 1995
Includes "Sherburne" ("Glory Shone Around") Sound Samples Available
In the Spirit: Alabama's Sacred Music Traditions;
Henry Willett, editor Black Belt Press Paperback and Audio CD
Joe Beasley Memorial Sacred Harp Album; Underwritten by the Joe Beasley Memorial Foundation.
This 2-CD or 2-tape set, each with a 28-page booklet, has tunes that Joe recorded in 1954 at an Old Flatwoods
(Nauvoo, AL) night singing, in 1976 and 1977 at Concord (Winfield, AL), and in 1978 at the Shady Grove (Double Springs, AL) Dutch Treat Singing. Cover photo by
Beasley Memorial Foundation Joe
Beasley Memorial Foundation Free MP3s
Kisses Sweeter Than Wine;
The Weavers. Omega Classics (February 14, 1994) Set (2)
This Two-CD Set includes one track entitled "Two Shape Note Hymns" - (previously unreleased). One of the two hymns is
"Evening Shade." They sing it very fast!
A Land of Pure Delight: William Billings: Anthems;
William Billings. Paul Hillier conducting His Majesties Clerkes. Harmonia Mundi (Fra) - #907048 (March 2, 1992)
Joel Cohen, Boston Camerata. Wea/Atlantic/Erato - #21668, August 18, 1998
Present Joys, Blessings Past; The 1998 Potomac River Sacred Harp
Two-CD Set Field Recording: Singing from The Sacred Harp, 1991 edition, The B. F. White Sacred Harp, 1992
Cooper Edition, and "New Traditions" (songs recently composed in the Sacred Harp Tradition). Underwritten
by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington through the Susan Wantland Memorial Fund for Shape-Note
Singing. This recording is dedicated to her memory.
Joys, Blessings Past details
Out of print; please search for used copies.
Rivers Of Delight;
Word Of Mouth Chorus Wea/Atlantic/Nonesuch - #71360, July 25, 1989.
Sacred Harp Singing;
Alabama Sacred Harp Singing Convention of August 1942 (January 13, 1998)
The Shapenote Album;
Loft Recordings - #1042 (August 7, 2001)
Composers: Justin Morgan, Daniel Read, et al.
Showers of Blessings
From the 1995 Garden State Sacred Harp Convention - more than 30
songs from this strong and joyous singing. An excellent learning and
The Social Harp ~ Early American Shape-Note Songs;
sung by traditional singers led by Hugh McGraw (Rounder 0094, August 2, 1994)
The Sound of the Dove: Singing in Appalachian Primitive Baptist Churches (Music in American Life);
Beverly Bush Patterson. University of Illinois Press (Pro Ref, March 1995)
Book & CD; see Books
William / Gregg Smith Duckworth Singers, 1996
Southern Journey, Vol. 9: Harp Of A Thousand Strings - All Day
Singing From The Sacred Harp;
Alan Lomax Collection (Rounder Series), Southern Journey (Rounder Series),
Alabama Sacred Harp Singers. (August 10, 1998)
Includes these Christmas selections:
Southern Journey, Vol. 10: And Glory Shone Around - More All Day Singing
From The Sacred Harp; Alan Lomax Collection (Rounder Series),
Southern Journey (Rounder Series), Alabama Sacred Harp Singers. (August 10, 1998)
Western Massachusetts Sacred Harp Convention;
White Spirituals From The Sacred Harp;
Alabama Sacred Harp Convention.
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