Kentucky Harmony, and Supplement

Kentucky Harmony, and A Supplement to Kentucky Harmony.  These two books of fasola tunes were compiled and printed by Ananias Davisson* in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  Davisson published Kentucky Harmony in five editions (1816, 1817, 1819, 1821, 1826) and Supplement in three (1820-1826).  The success of these books and their influence on later Southern tunebook compilers stemmed largely from Davisson’s insightful selection of tunes.  Of the 143 tunes in Kentucky Harmony, 32 were counted by Rachel Harley as displaying folk-like characteristics such as the six formulated by George Pullen Jackson* in Spiritual Folk-Songs of Early America, and another 92 tunes were from collections published in...

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