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I work on recommendation systems and lexical resources for Wordnik.

The Trumpet, Vol 5, Issue 1 (September, 2015)

The Trumpet, Volume 5, Issue 1 (September, 2015)

We are pleased to present to the singing public a new issue of The Trumpet. Its songs have been gathered in from the United Kingdom and the United States, from North and South. We hope that classes of singing friends, in the range of tunes newly on offer here, will find more than the excuse they need to come together with open hearts and ears—in joint service to the warm fellow feeling enabled by the composers’ work and by their own proper work of forming a congregation in “sweet communion” (as Christopher Coughlin reminds us in his essay for this issue, “The Importance of Listening”).

The songs in this issue testify to a growing interest among Sacred Harp singers in sharing new songs and arrangements, introducing seven new composers, along with eight veteran contributors. Composers new to The Trumpet run the gamut from long-familiar presences in the hollow square to the two youngest composers yet featured (The Christian’s Entreaty and Centre Hall were authored at the ages of seventeen and nine, respectively).  Our new issue’s composers have taken lyrical inspiration from a diversity of interesting sources ranging from Moby-Dick (Jonah) to a “new book” song known in bluegrass circles (When I Die, I’ll Live Again) to contemporary verse written by a fellow singer (Soldiers’ Home) to camp meeting lyrics (We’ll Land On Shore) to a section of Tate and Brady’s Psalm 42 different from the verses we know in Converting Grace. We also present the first-ever publication of a song from more than two hundred years ago, Truman S. Wetmore’s Washington, which was previously only available in manuscript form.

“I can shout, and I can sing, / Make His praises gladly ring!” Enjoy!

— The Editors


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The Trumpet, Vol 4, Issue 2 (December, 2014)

It’s here. Have you been wondering when the next issue of The Trumpet was coming out? So have we! The Trumpet, Volume 4, Issue 2 is now available as a PDF file for downloading. Here’s the link: Download, link, and sing!
This new issue contains 11 recently written tunes by living composers, who are also Sacred Harp singers. We have a wide range of composers and compositions. Remember that these writers would love to hear from you. So if you like a song or have suggestions, let them know, or send us a message to pass on. In addition to songs by living composers, an 18th century tune by Nehemiah Shumway is included as part of the “Old Paths” column by Rachel Wells Hall.
This issue is dedicated to the memory of Raymond Hamrick.
 Help us sing these songs!
From the Editors, iii
Old Paths: Nehemiah Shumway, iv
Laminack, Thomas A. Ivey 165
Cabbage Town, Thomas Ward, 166
Legacy, Dennis George, 167
The Lord’s My Shepherd, Nancy Kulik, 167
Follow On, Tracey Craig McKibben, 168
Wordly Charms, Angharad Davis, 169
Carrollton, Aldo Thomas Ceresa, 170
Town Creek, T. D. George, 172
Little Vine, Cory Winters, 173
Lynn, Nikos Pappas, 174
Judgment, Nehemiah Shumway, 176
Waddell Street, Jesse P. Karlsberg, 178
From the Editors of The Trumpet


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The Trumpet, Vol 4, Issue 1 (February, 2014)

From the Editors

The Trumpet, Volume 4, Issue 1. Download.

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

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San Francisco Trumpet Singing Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Join us for snacks and singing from the latest issue of the Trumpet (4.1)!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
7:30pm in PST

1024 Chenery St., San Francisco
Directions. Facebook page.

Print copies will be available for $2.00.

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Template for Taking Minutes at Singings of The Trumpet

Use  “The Trumpet Minutes Template” (an Excel spreadsheet) to easily take minutes at singings of The Trumpet. Page numbers are given for The Complete Collection of Tunes.

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Update to Issue 3.3

We’ve corrected some musical typos in the tune Cooper (the first page of Issue 3.3). Please replace this page if you’ve already downloaded the issue.

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Volume 3.3 of The Trumpet available

Download the new issue here.

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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