The Missouri Harmony

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Title: The Missouri Harmony

Full Title: The Missouri Harmony, or a Choice Collection of Psalm Tunes, Hymns and Anthems, Selected from the Most Eminent Authors, and Well Adapted to All Christian Churches, Singing Schools, and Private Societies; Together with an Introduction to Grounds Of Music, The Rudiments Of Music, and Plain Rules for Beginners.

Editor - Compiler: Allen Carden

Publication date and place: 1820 by Allen Carden in St. Louis, Missouri; printed by Morgan, Lodge, and Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, 200 pp. Second Edition 1825. Third Edition 1827. Fourth Edition 1829. Fifth Edition 1830 (reprinted 1831). Sixth Edition 1832 (1833, 1834). Seventh Edition 1835 (1836, 1837). Eighth Edition 1838 (1839). Ninth Edition 1840 (1841, 1842, 1844, 1846, 1848). Tenth Edition 1850 (1855, 1857).

Description: A popular and influential singing book of the American frontier. Influenced by Wyeth's Repository of Sacred Music (1813), Kentucky Harmony (1816), Johnson's Tennessee Harmony (1818), and others. In turn The Missouri Harmony had an impact on tunebooks such as The Christian Lyre (1830-1831), Joseph Funk's A Compilation of Genuine Church Music (1832-1835), William Walker's Southern Harmony (1835), and The Sacred Harp (1844).

External Links


  • Bean, Shirley. 1994. Introduction, pp. vii-xx in The Missouri Harmony (reprint of Ninth Edition). Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press.
  • Richardson, Paul A. 2004. The Missouri Harmony: A Book of Many Chapters. The Hymn 55(2):15-23.

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