THE NORUMBEGA HARMONY is a songbook of this community's music. Represented are works by America's earliest composers, the itinerant New England singing masters whose schools were the principal form of music education in the Early Republic. The music is vigorous and strikingly original. From four-part hymns called "plain tunes" and lively "fuging tunes" with independent lines for each part, it ranges to complex and inventive anthems that achieve the highest expression of the New England singing-school style.
THE NORUMBEGA HARMONY is set in shape-notes, and includes copious notes and indexes.
Contents, alphabetized by tune name.
Collected by Norumbega Harmony, edited by Stephen A. Marini, published by the University Press of Mississippi, ISBN 1-57806-611-5.
Available at singings in Eastern Massachusetts and nearby
conventions. For more information send email to
To order by mail,
print and fill out the
order form (PDF 64k)
and send it with a check
or money order to our Cambridge mailbox.
Credit card orders are handled by Country Dance & Song Society or by The University of Mississippi Press
Press Release announcing the book.
Back to Norumbega Harmony