- The New Haven Museum
and the Friends of Grove Street Cemetery
the public to take part in a special participatory concert of the compositions of Daniel Read, "with the audience seated in the manner of a late 18th
singing school, in four sections around an open square—tenor, treble,
alto, and bass—facing the singing master," at 4 p.m. Sept. 21 according to a release.
The free event will be held at
the museum, and will be followed by a reception, the release said. The New Haven Museum at 114 Whitney Ave.
"According to records, though Daniel Read earned a living as a comb-maker and the proprietor of 'Read’s Cheap Store' back in late 1700s New Haven, his true claim to fame was his prolific career in musical composition and choral instruction. In fact, Read was one of the best known, most widely published American choral composers of his day," the release said.
"The participatory 'singing school' will be accompanied by members of the Yale-New Haven Regular Singing and
conducted by Yale University Professor of Music Ian Quinn, with assistance by John Gambell, Yale University printer and participant in the Yale-New Haven Regular Singing," the release said.
"Quinn will give a brief overview of the practice of group a cappella
singing in Read’s time, and conduct a demonstration lesson in the
fundamentals of shape-note singing using several of Read’s most
important compositions. Copies will be provided for the audience. The
lyrics for most of the tunes to be performed were drawn from the work of
the English poet and non-conformist hymn writer Isaac Watts
(1674-1748). While the lyrics are paraphrased from Bible verses, and
reflect Watts’s Christian spirituality, the songs were essentially
the popular music of their day, sung in the singing schools and local
“singings” in addition to their use in Protestant churches."
Labels: Friends of Grove Street Cemetery, music, New Haven Museum