From the Editors
A new year, and a new volume of The Trumpet; a good time to consider new things. The most delightful thing is that Rachel Wells Hall, one of the editors of the well-received Shenandoah Harmony, has agreed to join the editorial board of The Trumpet. Her expertise, we are sure, will add to the quality of our humble periodical. Rachel has agreed to curate, starting with this issue, a column called “Old Paths,” which examines old tunes, texts, and composers that have much to teach us in the present. In this issue, Rachel presents two tunes from the recently rediscovered Songs of Zion (1821), by James P. Carrell. We are very pleased that Tom Malone will stay on as a “founding editor,” and the rest of the board sends congratulations to him and Johanna on the birth of their son.
You may have had the pleasure of listening to Buell Cobb tell stories of Sacred Harp and shape note worthies; if not, we wish this pleasure on you. Wade Kotter reviews Buell’s new book, Like Cords Around My Heart: A Sacred Harp Memoir in this issue.
And tunes — of course, we have tunes. We asked Tom and Rachel to grace this issue with their compositions, and they each have provided page-and-a-half fuges — an interesting titbit of continuity and synchronicity. We have composers who have not appeared yet in The Trumpet. Yotin Tiewtrakul, of Hamburg, Germany, provides us with the provocatively titled Rulers of Sodom. Daniel Hunter’s arrangement of “a Baptist tune” he transcribed from Florida singer Tollie Lee, God’s Unchanging Hand, is, in Daniel’s words, “pretty catchy.” And Jason R. Fruit, a new singer from Illinois, gifted us with a plain tune, Old Stone.
Perhaps the most challenging piece is Aldo Ceresa’s Out of the Deeps, a three-page minor anthem with time changes. Give this some time! Wade Kotter’s tribute to Shelbie Sheppard, Muscadine, is here too. Other tunes are by composers you may recognize from past issues of The Trumpet.
Speaking of which — send in your compositions! We are excited to share this music with singers around the world.
— The Editors firstname.lastname@example.org
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As we complete nearly 150 pages of tunes and the third volume of our humble offering, The Trumpet, and in a season of Thanksgiving, we are grateful to all the composers and authors who share, and singers who sing, the music we set before you.
We have several newly published composers in this issue. Phil Summerlin’s Didache is a communion text taken from an ancient Christian treatise; Phil did both the tune and the poetic translation. Micah John Walter contributes Cold River, a short marching fuge. Micah Sommersmith provides Watts’ Pains, a meditation on affliction. Scott Luscombe’s Stanley is a setting for “Trav’ler, haste the night comes on.” After Cory Winter moved to Austin, he wrote his eponymous tune for the group he sings with there.
This issue has two anthems — both Gray and Memorial anthem have Dan Brittain’s name attached to them; the latter was written in collaboration with Bruce Randall. Gray has delightful poetry and you’ll find the four pages of Memorial Anthem a good challenge for your sight-singing skills.
In addition, you’ll find tunes by people we are starting to consider Trumpet “regulars,” — Rob Kelley, Linda Sides, Stanley Smith (to whom we wish a speedy recovery), Ed Thacker, Matt Bell, Aldo Ceresa, and Randy Webber. Randy’s tune, Kynzie, has a story that goes with it. Randy heard a young girl named Kynzie (pronounced like “Kinsey”) humming a tune. With her mother’s permission, Randy transcribed it and wrote fuging parts to go with it.
On the last page, you’ll find two plain tunes by Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg. Anniston was written right after Jesse heard the news of Jeff Sheppard’s death, and Farewell Brethren seems a fitting song to sing as we say goodbye yet again to a singer we miss deeply, and as a parting song for this year’s issue.
We look forward to the new year, though — and your new compositions. Look for news of a compilation of the first three years of tunes from The Trumpet, and additions to our editorial staff. But mostly, send us your tunes, and Sing on!
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From the editors:
We are delighted to bring before you another set of tunes composed in the tradition of dispersed harmony. Although these tunes will arrive to you a little later than usual — such are the pecadillos of the volunteer workforce involved — we think you’ll find these tunes “tunable and sound.”
You may be glad to know where some of the more unusal names come from. Chmielno by P. Dan Brittain was written for Camp Fasola Europe, held in that Polish city, and Plac Unii Lubleskiej, by Steve Helwig, is named for Lubin Union Square in Warsaw — so we are keeping up our Poland connections.
Matt Cartmill’s arrangement of Condescension found in the Southern Harmony may require special attention. It is in Mixolydian mode — it begins and ends on sol! — not the norm for Sacred Harp music. Matt wrote that he thought the tune “cried out” to be sung in Mixolydian. Give it a try.
We have one composer that we have not previously published — Christina Wallin’s sweet G# minor tune, Haven, can be found on page 116. We’ve enjoyed singing Kevin Barran’s tune, Shoreline, very slowly (as indicated); it’s a majestic plain tune doxology that will bring a class together, if the class is willing. Of course, we are also represented by other fine tunesmiths, including more plain tunes than usual. We like plain tunes, and are glad to publish them!
We do have two fine anthems. Nikos Pappas’s Bishkek is a fine setting of Perronet’s “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name.” Bishkek is named for the capital of Kyrgyzstan, where Nikos was sent as a cultural emmisary of the U.S. State Department to celebrate 20 years of peaceful relations between these two countries. Anne Heider’s Advent arrives in plenty of time to prepare for the Advent season — a good pairing with Linda Sides’s advent text for Good Tidings.
As we go to press, news comes to us of the death of our friend and mentor, Jeff Sheppard. We hope you’ll enjoy Tom Malone’s little tale of the Rocking Chair Convention, and we are grateful to Ginnie Ely for allowing us to publish her poem.
Dedicated to the memory of Jeff Sheppard.
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