Browse by Course
Intelligence and Security
Rowman & Littlefield
Down East Books
Rowman & Littlefield International
American Alliance of Museums
American Association of School Administrators
American Association for State and Local History
Bucknell University Press
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Council on Foreign Relations
Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
Urban Institute Press
Lehigh University Press
Library and Information Technology Association
Medical Library Association
National Association for Music Education
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
University of Delaware Press
Add to GoodReads
Divine Song on the Northeast Frontier
Maine's Sacred Tunebooks, 1800-1830
Linda Gilbert Davenport
The first book on Maine psalmody, this volume provides a fascinating look at the compilers, context, and contents of eighteen hymn-tune collections or "tunebooks" compiled in Maine between 1800 and 1830. The first part utilizes diaries, church records, town histories, newspapers, and other sources to provide the historical context in which the tunebooks were compiled and the social contexts in which they were used.
In the second part, the extant editions of tunebooks are compared and contrasted in terms of their prefaces, theoretical introductions, and overall repertory. Representative tunes by the Maine composers are discussed. Part III (Catalog of Music) provides an annotated index to the Belcher, Hartwell, Maxim, Robbins, and Washburn tunes printed in Maine collections from 1794 to 1830 and lists locations for the extant Maine tunebooks.
Size: 5 3/4 x 8 3/4
978-0-8108-3025-7 • Hardback • March 1996 •
Composers of North America
Music / Religious / General
For access to these
professor use only
then email us at
Linda Gilbert Davenport
, Ph.D., is a Maine native who has taught at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, CO, and Lewis and Clark College in Godfrey, IL.
...an important study...particularly suitable for scholars working in the field of American sacred music, but the biographical sections on the tunebook compilers will be of interest to general readers who want to know more about life—especially religious life—in early nineteenth-century New England.
Southwestern Journal Of Theology
..this topic is carefully researched and well-written...Thanks to Davenport..we now have a fine volume that sheds important light on this regional repertoire. I recommend her book for every research library and as a fascinating "read" for all hymnologists.
Rights and Permissions
National Book Network