Part of a series of sacred arrangements by Catherine McMichael, Hymns from The Southern Harmony is a collection of familiar tunes from the shape-note singing tradition of the American South. Its simple melodies and open, modal harmonies are suited to a variety of settings. The first violin part tends to carry the melody line, while the second part (played either by another violin, or by viola or cello) harmonizes beautifully. The violin parts remain mostly in 1st through 3rd positions, making them easily sight-readable by more advanced players, as well as very accessible to intermediate players in general.
In addition to the two violin parts and the piano score, there are also two optional parts for viola and cello. These both double the second violin part, though, and are meant to be used if a second violin is not available. Also, if desired (or if no piano is available), the written texture is such that the pieces may simply be played as duets without piano.
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