Archive for Septembro, 2010

Two odd ones in Dakota Odowan

Septembro 26, 2010

A couple of unusual numbers struck my eye as I leafed through the SPL’s unusual Dakota Odowan. One is the tune GOLDEN HILL used as a vehicle for “Blest be the tie that binds” (I’m not sure if hymn #84, or perhaps #85, is related to the text almost always sung to DENNIS), and the other is a tune called THERE IS A FOUNTAIN, which is somewhat similar to CLEANSING FOUNTAIN, and credited to Mason, but seems is just a little too “different” to be called the same tune (and it has no apparent Dakota text with it). Here are the scans:


(Here are MIDI files of GOLDEN HILL and of the melody line of THERE IS A FOUNTAIN.)

(And where does the notion that “Boston Acad. Coll.” held copyright in GOLDEN HILL come from. My information is that the tune came from Ananias Davisson’s Kentucky Harmony, not Boston.)…



Septembro 26, 2010

Looks like “Mary to the Savior’s tomb” is actually the original text proper of the tune MARTYN, both words and music by Simeon B. Marsh, 1834. And it’s based on a John Newton text (now I need to see how Marsh emended Newton).


Dakota Odowan page scans

Septembro 26, 2010

Here are a few scanned pages from the undated Dakota Odowan I borrowed yesterday from the Seattle Public Library.

Title Page:

First tune: Olmutz (unnumbered; no Dakota text given):

Second tune: Old Hundred (Dakota text 1):

Tune: Heber:

Tune: Martyn: (note: I am intrigued by the English text set to this; I don’t think I’ve ever seen the tune used for anything but “Jesus, Lover of My Soul”, which I suspect is the original of the associated Dakota text at right)

Index of Tunes:

Index of First Lines:

Fire away…
What is the date? What is its relation to the 1879 edition? etc.

Dakota Odowan in Chinese?

Septembro 25, 2010

I’ve got threads on this subject going at both and the Mudcat Café, and I invite comments either place or here. I look forward to posting some page scans. I’d really like to know what the relationship is between the edition I checked out from the library, the edition of 1879, and the printings of 1883 and 1911, as well as whatever the latest edition might be.