About the On-line Southern Harmony
"William Walker's The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion is
a remarkable book by virtually any measure. During the nineteenth
century, when advertising was mainly by word of mouth . . .
Southern Harmony sold about six hundred thousand copies. It is
perhaps the most popular tunebook ever printed. Its longevity is also
remarkable: it is still being used and sung from with loving care over
one hundred and fifty years after its first edition. It is virtually
unparalleled as a repository of the musical idioms current in the
early nineteenth century, as well as of earlier idioms that were
already becoming rare at the time of its publication. And it is one of
the prime resources for succeeding generations of tunebooks. . . .
this must be considered a publication of remarkable import."
-- From the introduction to the University Press of Kentucky
This on-line CCEL edition of Southern Harmony is an
experiment with on-line hymnals. How may they be put together? Are
they useful? How are they used? If you have found this edition
valuable or if you have suggestions, send your feedback to @[email protected].
This edition is based on an Informix database and LiveWire programs
running in conjunction with a Netscape Enterprise server. The hymns
and bibliographic information reside in the database and the pages are
generated on demand. The pages generated by the database program (except
for search results) were then all copied to disk using a Perl program.
All of the midi files, hymn texts, and page scans are in the public
domain and may be used for any purpose.
- The high-resolution (printable)
gif images of page scans print quite nicely and may be printed
and duplicated for singing. Set your page layout to landscape and
print the wide gifs for better results.
- The gif images don't print well in Netscape Navigator 4 for the
Macintosh, and perhaps for other platforms, however.
It appears that to save memory, Netscape has thrown away the higher
resolution of the image. Internet Explorer handles the images
correctly; or, you might be able to download the GIF image directly,
load it into a program such as Photoshop to set the resolution to 300
dpi, and print.
- Configure a helper application to play the midi files. That way,
clicking a "midi" link won't open a new netscape window.
Peter Irvine, AOJN is recording the midi files.
Vic Johanson typed in the texts.
Harry Plantinga set up the database and programs and scanned page
Several tasks might make this hymnal more useful. These include:
- Assigning subject entries or scripture references to the hymns, so
that indexes can be made
- Straighten some of the more crooked gif images in Photoshop. Then
send the revised image back to me.
- Enter some of the missing midi files.
If interested, email me at [email protected]
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