1817.096: The Virginia Sacred Minstrel.

Published: 1817

Full Title: The Virginia sacred minstrel, containing a collection of psalm and hymn tunes; suited to many of the metres now in use among the different religious denominations in the United States; and selected from celebrated and approved authors--European and American, for the purpose of public and family worship by W. Gillet, &c., &c.

Author: Gillet, Wheeler

Place Issued: Winchester

Issuing Press: Jonathan Foster

Description: 1 musical score [124 pgs.]; 14 x 23 cm.


Shape-note hymnal published by Gillet, a recently-transplanted Baltimore music teacher, as part of Foster's post-1815 effort to build a major book-printing concern at Winchester; this compilation followed close on the heels of two other shape-note hymn collections produced in Harrisonburg by Ananias Davisson (Kentucky Harmony: 1816.084) and Joseph Funk (Die Allgemein N├╝tzliche Choral-Music: 1816.082) the year before; herein, Gillet sought to turn church music from the fugue-influenced tunes in the Funk & Davisson collections to more melodious ones in three-part harmony.

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