Tag: shapenote sacred harp

  • Judgment Anthem

    Judgment Anthem

    I completed a new, ten page shapenote edition of Justin Morgan’s JUDGMENT ANTHEM, available for download here. It’s a real choral showpiece, with multiple key changes and solo sections. Asahel Benham published JUDGMENT ANTHEM in his Federal Harmony in 1790. ┬áIt was the first anthem ever published in shapes, appearing in the first shapenote book,…

  • Did Lucius Chapin write the Amazing Grace tune?

    Did Lucius Chapin write the Amazing Grace tune?

    The melody sung to John Newton’s 1779 hymn “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound” is, without a doubt, America’s best-loved hymn tune. An 1828 manuscript by Lucius Chapin (1760-1842), who was famous in his day as a hymn tune writer, raises the possibility that Lucius was its composer.