Kentucky Harmony (Ananias Davisson)

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Short Title: Kentucky Harmony

Full Title: Kentucky Harmony: Or, a Choice Collection of Psalm Tunes, Hymns, and Anthems, in Three Parts, Taken from the Most Eminent Authors, and Well Adapted to Christian Churches, Singing Schools, or Private Societies.

Editor - Composer: Ananias Davisson

Publication date and place: 1816 by Ananias Davisson in Harrisonburg, Virginia, 140 pp. – Edition 1 Publication date and place: 1817 by Ananias Davisson in Harrisonburg, Virginia, 159 pp. – Edition 2 Publication date and place: 1819 by Ananias Davisson in Harrisonburg, Virginia, 159 pp. – Edition 3 Publication date and place: 1820 by Ananias Davisson in Harrisonburg, Virginia – Edition 4 Publication date and place: 1826 by Ananias Davisson in Harrisonburg, Virginia, 160 pp. – Edition 5

Editions

Edition 11816 – 140 pp.
Edition 21817 – 159 pp.
Edition 31819 – 159 pp.
Edition 41820
Edition 51826 – 160 pp.

Description: This book, along with its companion volume, Supplement to the Kentucky Harmony in 1820, had a large influence on music in the American West and South¹ of that day. Davisson's arrangements and original compositions were reprinted or revised in almost all following books of the West and South, including

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¹. The West and South included Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, western Virginia (now West Virginia), Ohio, western Pennsylvania, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia.

External Links

References

  • Music, David W. 1983. Ananias Davisson, Robert Boyd, Reubin Monday, John Martin, and Archibald Rhea in East Tennessee, 1816-26. American Music 1(3):72-84.

Works at CPDL

Edition 1 (1816)

Title Year Composer Arranger Lyricist First Line Meter Vo.
Albion 1816 Robert Boyd Isaac Watts Come, ye that love the Lord 66. 86 (S.M.) 4
Bethel 1813 Anonymous Isaac Watts Let Zion and her sons rejoice 86. 86 (C.M.) 4
Idumea 1816 Ananias Davisson Isaac Watts My God, my life, my love 66. 86 (S.M.) 4
Kedron 1816 Amos Pilsbury Ananias Davisson Charles Wesley Thou man of griefs, remember me 88. 88 (L.M.) 4
Milinda 1816 Robert Boyd Isaac Watts In vain the wealthy mortals toil 88. 88 (L.M.) 4
New Monmouth 1813 Lucius Chapin Robert Robinson Come thou fount of every blessing 87. 87 4
Ninety-Fifth 1813 Lucius Chapin Isaac Watts When I can read my title clear 86. 86 (C.M.) 4
Reflection 1813 Ananias Davisson Ananias Davisson Isaac Watts No sleep or slumber to his eyes 86. 86 (C.M.) 4
Rochester 1816 Israel Holdroyd Ananias Davisson Isaac Watts Come, children, learn to fear the Lord 86. 86 (C.M.) 4
Rockbridge 1813 Lucius Chapin Isaac Watts Sweet is the work, my God, my King 88. 88 (L.M.) 4
Salvation 1816 Robert Boyd Edmund Jones Come, humble sinner, in whose breast 86. 86 (C.M.) 4
Tender Thought 1816 Ananias Davisson Philip Doddridge Arise, my tenderest thoughts, arise 88. 88 (L.M.) 4
Tranquility 1816 Reubin Monday Isaac Watts My God, the spring of all my joys 86. 86 (C.M.) 4

Edition 2 (1817)

Title Year Composer Arranger Lyricist First Line Meter Vo.
New Orleans 1817 Robert Boyd Isaac Watts Why do we mourn departing friends 86. 86 (C.M.) 4
Pisgah 1817 James C. Lowry Isaac Watts When I can read my title clear 86. 86 (C.M.) 4
Solemnity 1817 Ananias Davisson Isaac Watts Twas on that dark, that doleful night 88. 88 (L.M.) 4
Solitude in the Grove 1817 Ananias Davisson Isaac Watts O were I like a feathered dove 86. 86. D (C.M.D.) 4

Edition 3 (1819)

No works at CPDL

Edition 4 (1820)

No works at CPDL

Edition 5 (1826)

No works at CPDL