The Southern Harmony (1835), Hymn Setting
Concert Band - Sheet Music

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The Southern Harmony (1835), Hymn Setting. Composed by Pierre La Plante. Band Music. Music for Young Bands. Score and set of parts. Published by Bourne Music (BC.380063).

The Southern Harmony, and Musical Companion, published in Philadelphia, was one of the more popular "shaped-note" tunebooks in 19th century America. Shaped notes were devised to make music-reading easier for the novice. Each of the four notes used had its own particular notehead shape. Tunebooks were, as a result often used to teach music (Harmony explains the Rudiments of Music in it introduction) by the traveling music teacher.

The Southern Harmony is also a wealth of folk tunes, popular airs, and ballads, as well as the expected hymn tunes. It is not only the source of Prospect, but of other well-known tunes such as Amazing Graces and Rock of Ages.

Pierre La Plante has cast Prospect in a reverential but thoroughly modern idiom. It is simple, yet expressive; it builds slowly and steadily to a broad, quasi-fanfare finish. Except for a brief cornet solo at No. 34, most sections have a chance to play the melody.

Prospect is also known among folksings and chanteymen as "The Seaman's Hymn.".