The fuging-tune had its origins in England. The American composer adopted and developed it, added his own expressive touches, and made it a primary vehicle for his musical creativity.
The fuging-tune has long been associated with American music. Indeed, it was once thought to have been an American innovation, but research has shown that, like much else in 18th-century America, the fuging-tune had its origins in England. The American composer adopted and developed it, added his own expressive touches, and made it a primary vehicle for his musical creativity. The almost 1300 fuging-tunes by American composers published between 1770 and 1820 testify to their widespread popularity and musical impact. They represent about a quarter of all the pieces composed by American psalmodists, and are by far the most imaginative musical settings for religious poetry.
Introduction Guide to the Catalog American Fuging-Tunes (1770-1820) Bibliography: Abbreviations and Short Titles Index of Tune Names Structure Index Fuge Order of Entry Index Fuge Rhythm Index Text Coordination and Fuge Time Interval Index Date of First Publication Index Source Index (Alphabetical) Source Index (Chronological) Metrical Index First Line Index Index of Poetic Sources Index of Composers Index of Tunes with Multiple Fuges
Reviews ...A useful work by a recognized authority for identifying and describing approximately 1,300 fuging-tunes published in American tunebooks for the period studies. The tunes are listed alphabetically under composers' names. Each entry includes a numerical incipit of the first 13 pitches of the main melody and information on the tune structure and length, fuges, rhythm, poetic meter and first line of text, and earliest sources. Recommended for advanced undergraduate and graduate collections.—Choice