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Shape-note tune books

The Robert S. Douglass Treasure Room of Kathryn Sullivan Bowld Music Library, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary contains over eleven thousand titles of rare books, scores, hymnals, gospel songbooks, and shape-note tune books. The shape-note tune books of the collection illuminate various musical aspects of the American history of church and society, including the singing school movement and the music education movement. Presenting a rich source of American musical life, the seven selected tune books for the digitizing project include psalm and hymn tunes, fuging tunes, songs for Sunday schools, public schools, and homes, as well as music of the Lowell Mason school, children’s songs, folk hymns, anthems and music with secular texts.



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