Item description for Harmonia Sacra by Joseph Funk...
Overview First published in 1832 by Joseph Funk of the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, this popular shape-note hymnbook has enjoyed sales of nearly 100,000 copies. This new edition is built on the 12th edition (1866), the first 4-part edition. It includes materials added in later editions, as well as a section of three-part tunes from the early editions. In addition, hundreds of typesetting errors have been corrected. Funk was known as "the father of music" in northern Virginia. This beloved hymnbook is still used widely today by singings and song groups. This new edition brings to the public the best of this rich tradition in music.
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Studio: Good Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.8" Width: 9.82" Height: 1.27" Weight: 2.14 lbs.
Release Date Dec 31, 1993
Publisher Good Books
ISBN 1561481041 ISBN13 9781561481040 UPC 023755403599
Availability 0 units.
More About Joseph Funk
Joseph Funk (1778-1862) was a pioneer American music teacher, publisher, and one of the first American composers. He was a member of the Mennonite Church. In 1847, he established the first Mennonite printing house in the United States, at Mountain Valley, Virginia (renamed Singers Glen in 1860). For forty-six years, he was a teacher of music, a trainer of music teachers, and a publisher of music books and periodicals. By 1858 he and his sons had taught music classes in at least ten counties of Virginia. Records show that by the same year his books had been sold and used in twenty-seven counties and cities of Virginia, as well as in other states and Canada. By the 1870s, between 75,000 and 100,000 copies of his famous Harmonia Sacra had been sold. He may with justice, be called the father of song in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
Reviews - What do customers think about Harmonia Sacra?
Harmonia Sacra Mar 7, 2008
A very beautiful and informative book. It is a text as well as book of shape-note church music. Over 400 pages of educational and musical information. But please be aware that this is not the standard blue shape-note book used by shape-note singing groups. (I can't remember the name of that book right now). If you tote this book to a shape-note sing you will not get much use out of it, I don't think. It sits on our coffee table between some classical guitar magazines and every now and then someone will open it up to take a look inside. My husband wanted it for Christmas but I accidentally bought this thinking it was the book used at shape-note sings. We kept it because it is such a beautiful, informative book. It's preface, note to teachers, rudiments and elucidations of vocal music look and read old-fashioned style. I thought that was especially poignant.
Early American Hymns in Seven-shape Notation Jul 27, 1999
The complete title is:
The Harmonia Sacra, A Compilation of Genuine Church Music: Comprising a Great Variety of Metres, Harmonized for Four Voices: Together with a Copious Explication of the Principles of Vocal Music. Exemplified and Illustrated with Tables, in a Plain and Comprehensive Manner. By Joseph Funk and Sons.
In her introduction, Mary K. Oyer writes:
"We hope this new edition will help perpetuate community music-making among Mennonites by reinvigorating traditional Harmonia Sacra singing."
Amen, sister...and among singers everywhere!
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