Title The Minstrel of Zion: A Book of Religious Songs, Accompanied with Appropriate Music, Chiefly Original.
Binding Paper over boards
Size 12mo in 6's, 9.5 x 15.2cm.
Location Published Philadelphia
Book Number 17923
Small Methodist Four-Shape Shape-Note Tunebook, Philadelphia, 1845
HUNTER, WILLIAM and SAMUEL WAKEFIELD. The Minstrel of Zion: A Book of Religious Songs, Accompanied with Appropriate Music, Chiefly Original. Philadelphia, Sorin & Ball, Stereotyped by L. Johnson and Co., 1845 (c1845 Printed by T. K. & P. G. Collins) 12mo in 6's, 9.5 x 15.2cm. $150.00
William Hunter (1811-1877), Methodist Episcopal pastor, presiding elder, editor, college prof., and gospel song writer. He was born in Ireland, emigrated with family in 1817; admitted to the Pittsburgh Conference 1833; editor of the Pittsburgh Conf. Journal and Pittsburgh Christian Advocate; filled pastorates in the Pittsburgh, West Virginia and East Ohio conferences, and was elected Professor of Hebrew and Biblical Literature in Alleghany College, where he remained for 15 years. Samuel Wakefield, admitted to the Pittsburgh Conference of the Methodist Ep. Church, 1834. "This work seeks not a place in the higher departments of poetry and music. It is rather designed as a contribution to the songs of plain Christian people, who make little pretensions to highly cultivated musical and poetical taste. The simple and pathetic have been more sought for than the lofty and sublime... Although this work contains a number of hymns and tunes adapted to the congregation, and especially to prayer-meetings, class-meetings and love-feasts, and to the `altar,' in seasons of revival, yet it is mainly intended for the family and social circle. Many of the compositions do not aspire to the character of hymns, but are rather `spiritual,' or religious songs... Frequent references are made throughout the book to hymns in the `Select Melodies,' suitable to be sung to particular tunes in this work. The two works will be found adapted to each other."--Wm. Hunter in the Preface. Rowe: Meth. Union Cat., #H7299. Stanislaw: Checklist Four-Shape Shape-Note Tunebooks, #109, "Rural and urban." We offer the First Edition of this small Methodist shape-note tunebook. Bound printed paper over boards, rebacked with modern brown acid-free paper with printed paper title label on spine, worn through paper at edges, library stamp, light foxing. Early owner inscription on front flyleaf from Dec. 12, 1845. Preface signed (i.e., printed) "W. H., Pittsburgh, 1845." Musical Introduction by Wakefield.
Collation: 1-186. Pagination: 216pp. Indexes. Music in 4 shapes, mostly in 2 part but a few in 4 part harmony. Hunter wrote the words for 88 of 183 hymns in this book. Wakefield composed 78 of the 157 tunes. (17923)
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