We are very pleased to announce that the latest issue of The Trumpet is now available, with fine new songs to sing, and an essay or two to read. Download it now, and find a few people to sing it with you.
We are pleased to announce that the Volume 2, Issue 3 of The Trumpet is now available for download. It is somewhat pleasant to say that we have reached 100 pages of new compositions for you to enjoy.
There will be an all-day singing from The Trumpet on November 4th 1pm-5pm at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell at Durgin Hall, 35 Wilder Street. If you think you might be in the area, contact Tom Malone at firstname.lastname@example.org. This will be the second annual singing.
I asked James Solheim, composer of Kyrkjebøbakken in the most recent issue of The Trumpet, to tell us a bit about where the name “Kyrkjebøbakken” comes from. This is what he wrote:
About “Kyrkjebøbakken” by James Solheim
The tune’s name (approximately pronounced CHURCH-uh-bu-BOCK-en, with a Norwegian lilt) refers to the farm where my grandfather was born, on a hill overlooking Svatsum Church in Vestre Gausdal, a valley in central Norway.
Svatsum Chruch is a tiny, octagonal, all-wood country church with incredible acoustics about forty-five minutes northwest of Lillehammer. Shape-note music would sound great in this church, the building where my grandfather was baptised—but I doubt if the pews can be moved into a square.
“Kyrkje” means “church, and “bø” means the meadows where a farm’s buildings are located. Historically, rural churches in Norway had their own prosperous farms—so “kyrkjebø” would be the land where a church stands. Since “bakken” means “the hill,” “kyrkjebøbakken” would be the the hill over the church’s lands. A decent English translation of “Kyrkjebøbakken” would be “The Churchyard Hill.”
My ancestors had a beautiful view of Svatsum Church, and my relatives still live on the hills there. You can go to Flickr.com and see views of the church and surrounding hills.
Norwegian is a complicated language, with two official written forms and hundreds of dialects, and “kyrkje” is perhaps more often spelled as “kirke” in the valley where Svatsum Church sits—but I chose “kyrkje” because it’s the more historically Norwegian spelling and because that crazy mix of letters is so fun to read!
There have been a few more changes (to fix typographical errors) in Issue 2, Volume 2. You may want new copies of the tune OLIVE TREE (corrected composer’s name) and the table of contents.
A significant change was made to Issue 2, Volume 1: We added a tune by James P. Page, BERRYTREE, at page 66 (the last page). This will keep the pagination running continuously. We had hoped to include BERRYVILLE in 2.2, but space constraints prevented us. So, print out 66, and add it to your collection — and, most importantly, sing it!
The Index file has also been updated.
If you’ve downloaded a copy of Volume 2, Issue 2, The Trumpet, you might wish to do so again, for we have found a few errors that we’ve corrected — thanks to the eagle eyes of our subscribers.
The songs affected were:
- Flaming Tongues (70)
- Palmer (73)
- Forest Rose (77)
As an additional note, the latest versions of the Trumpet are now linked (with a somewhat intelligible naming scheme) in the “Links” column, but also at Entish.org.
The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land. — Song of Solomon 2:12
Download Volume 2, Issue 2, The Trumpet
- In this Issue, iii
- A Peek at the New Cooper Book, by Karen Willard, iv
- Sacred Harp Takes Root at Bennington College, by Kestrel Slocombe, v
- Psalm 121, by Isaac Watts, v
- Laurelton, Deidra M. Montgomery, 67
- Walton, Ed E. Thacker, 68
- Joshua, Glenn Keeton & Chris Ballinger, 69
- Flaming Tongues, Gabrielle Fulmer, 70
- Olive Tree, Carol Mendicott & R.C. Webber, 71
- Evergreen, Logan Green, 72
- Palmer, Kevin Barrans, 73
- The Trumpet Sounds, K.R. Swenson, 74
- Kyrkjebøbakken, James Solheim, 76
- Forest Rose, Thurlow Weed, 77
- Lamb of God, Theresa Hamrick Westmoreland, 78
- Allegheny, G.J. Hoffman, 78
- Runyan, Micah Sommer, 79
- NoW I Was Free, Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg, 80
- Needful, Janie Short, 82
We are all glad to be welcoming the warmer days and the big summer season of Singings that comes with it — Fourth of July Singings, Decoration Day Singings, Camp Fasola, and countless other singings, both large and small, that we look forward to each Spring and Summer. As you travel on your way this year, chances are you might even meet up with one of the authors whose music finds its way into our pages.
A small and humble effort with no monetary obligation, our thrice- yearly publication reaches around the world, and across the united bands of fasola singers. We hope you will enjoy the songs and — “look out!” — because there are beautiful songs being written all around you, and we like to think that we play a part in encouraging those who are writing in solitude to “let their songs abound.”
So take a look at these songs and see what speaks to you; some are
by authors whom we are presenting for the first time, though their names might be familiar to you. Ed Thacker’s Walton and Deidra Montgomery’s laurelton are among a group of plain-tunes and hymn tunes that will please and surprise you. Theresa Westmoreland, of Addison, Alabama, wrote the words and music for lamb of God, and shows a fine ear for dispersed harmony. Don’t overlook Palmer by Kevin Barrans either — sometimes those ‘little songs’ have a lot to say, and we appreciate the writers who keep them coming.
For lovers of fugues and anthems we have something for you as well, K.R. Swenson offers The Trumpet Sounds (a title we like very much); Logan Green’s Evergreen and Micah Sommer’s Runyan are fine examples of the fuging style as well. Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg offers an anthem with text by Harriet Tubman — a portion of which will serve to complete our introduction:
“There was such glory over everything, the sun came like gold through the trees, and I felt like I was in heav’n.”
— The Editors email@example.com
Volume 2, Issue 1 of The Trumpet is now available for download: The Trumpet Vol 2, Issue 1.
- In this Issue, iii
- The Trumpet Sounds (Report on the first All-Day Trumpet Singing), by Robert Stoddard iv
- Memories of My Uncle, Paine Denson, Mike Hinton, v
- Clinton, Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg, 49
- Jumanlan Rauhaan, Steve Luttinen and Kim Bahmer, 50
- Ivey, Wade Kotter, 51
- Jane’s Encouragement, Christine Guth, 51
- Goss, Linda Sides, 52
- Melanie, Anne Heider, 53
- St. James, Robert Stoddard, 54
- Rogers, Stanley Smith, 55
- Cartersville, Ed E. Thacker, 56
- Exultation, Nikos Pappas, 57
- Crest, Steve Helwig, 58
- Angel’s Gate, Dan Thoma, 60
- Redding, P Dan Brittain, 61
- San Juan Bautista, Dan Harper, 62
- Weep Not for Me, Fynn Titford-Mock, 64
- Hans, John Bayer, 65