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From All That Dwell Below the Skies

By Nehemiah Shumway

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Choral - Intermediate
Composed by Nehemiah Shumway. Arranged by Ryan D. Neaveill. Instructional, Sacred, Classical Period, Folk Music, World. Octavo. 10 pages. Ryan Neaveill #SP1998-001. Published by Ryan Neaveill (S0.12970).

Item Number: S0.12970

This is a marvelous piece from one of the United States’ earliest composers. From All That Dwell Below the Skies falls under the classification of fuging tune--a popular idiom in colonial New England in the late 18th century and used frequently by many early American composers including William Billings. Fuging tunes typically begin with all voices together in a homophonic hymn-like statement, followed by a section where each voice enters one after the other in an imitative manner similar to a fugue. Another striking characteristic of this genre is the use of open fifths, as well as the nontraditional use of parallel fifths. These features, in addition to the contrast between homophony and polyphony, give this style of music its unique flavor.

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