1817.096: The Virginia Sacred Minstrel.
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 Nützliche 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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