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The Southern Harmony (1835), Hymn Setting

By Pierre La Plante

Concert band concert band - Grade 2+
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).

Item Number: 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.".

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  • 5

    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • March 31, 2010 Amazing

    I played this in 7th grade and it is a very beautiful piece. It sounds AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Get it and love it forever. It teaches students to listen to them and each other and blend sound. The only down side is that there isnt much percussion, otherwise it is an awesome...

    piece. Also note that it is pretty slow, which makes it sound great.

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  • December 02, 2009 Prospect

    As a student, I really enjoy listening to and playing this piece. It really is a beautiful composition that your band may also enjoy playing.

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