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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 ed@singthetrumpet.com


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Call for compositions for Issue 5.2

As we’re moving towards completing Issue 5.1, we’re putting out a call for compositions for The Trumpet, Volume 5, Issue 2. The deadline is September 15. Please email your songs to Ed@SingTheTrumpet.com, preferably in PDF format. Songs that are selected for possible inclusion will be sent to groups around the country to review and composers will receive the groups’ comments later in the fall.

The Trumpet currently has well over a hundred submitted songs, and we can only publish a fraction of those we receive. If you have composed a lot of songs, please limit yourself to sending us no more than four of your best songs. If you sent songs more than a year ago and haven’t heard back, please let us know whether you would still like us to keep them in consideration.

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Call for Compositions and Upcoming Singings

We’re putting out a call for compositions for The Trumpet, Vol 5, Issue 1. Email your composition to Ed@SingTheTrumpet.com, preferably in PDF format. 

 We’re also pleased to announce two upcoming informal Trumpet singings, both of which will include a selection of recently published songs and songs that have been submitted for consideration for future issues.  The first is an adjunct to the All-California Convention in Alameda, January 17-18, 2015, and the other is at the Keystone Convention in Philadelphia, January 24-25, on Saturday after the conclusion of the singing.  In order to be considered for these sessions, please send us your songs by January 12.  We will continue to accept submissions for the next issue up to February 15.

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