Alexander Johnson

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Life

Born: 25 February 1791, South Carolina

Died: December 1832, Maury County, Tennessee

Biography

Alexander Johnson was a singing school teacher and tune book compiler in middle Tennessee. "He served as a private in the War of 1812, and married Nelly Craig on 25 January 1816. His Johnson's Tennessee Harmony (1818), the first music book in middle Tennessee, had a profound influence on The Missouri Harmony and other collections" (Steel and Hulan 2010, also see Music 1984).

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Publications

  • Johnson, Alexander, Compiler. 1818. Johnson's Tennessee Harmony. Cincinnati, Ohio: Morgan, Lodge, and Company. 110 pp. Second Edition, 1821. Third Edition, 1824.
Tunes attributed to Alexander Johnson in Tennessee Harmony *
Tune Name Ed. Missouri
Harmony
Columbian
Harmony
United States
Harmony
Southern
Harmony
Union
Harmony
Knoxville
Harmony
Sacred
Harp
Note 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Brown's Station 2
Canaan 1 Canaan
Captain Kidd 1 Captain Kid Captain Kid Captain Kid Green Meadow
Columbia 1 Columbia Columbia Columbia
Crucifixion 1 Marysville Marysville
Devotion 1 Devotion Solemnity Devotion Devotion Devotion Devotion
Harpeth 1 Harpeth Harpeth
Jefferson 1 Jefferson Jefferson Jefferson Jefferson Jefferson Jefferson
Leander 1 Leander Leander Leander Leander Leander Leander Leander
Nashville 2 Nashville Nashville
New Jerusalem 1 New Jerusalem New Jerusalem New Jerusalem New Jerusalem New Jerusalem
Olney 1 Olney Olney Olney Olney Olney Olney Olney
The Prodigal Son 1 The Prodigal Son
Revival 2
Separation 1 Separation Separation
Solicitude 1 Solicitude Solicitude Solicitude Solicitude
Submission 2
Versailles 1 Versailles
1. Edition of Tennessee Harmony, 1818-1821-1824. 2. Carden's Missouri Harmony, 1820. 3. Moore's Columbian Harmony, 1825. 4. Carden's United States Harmony, 1829. 5. Walker's Southern Harmony, 1835 . 6. Caldwell's Union Harmony, 1837. 7. Jackson's Knoxville Harmony, 1838. 8. White and King's Sacred Harp, 1860. *. Adapted from Music (1984). . Composed by Jeremiah Ingalls.

References

  • Music, David W. 1984. Alexander Johnson and the Tennessee Harmony. Current Musicology 37/38:59-73.
  • Music, David W., Editor. 2005. A Selection of Shape-Note Folk Hymns From Southern United States Tune Books, 1816-61. Middleton, Wisconsin: A-R Editions. 91 pp.
  • Steel, David Warren, and Richard H. Hulan. 2010. The Makers of the Sacred Harp. Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois Press. 322 pp.

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