MORNING SONG (Dare)

Composer (attributed to): Elkanah Kelsay Dare

Elkanah Kelsay Dare (1782-1826) Born: Jan­u­a­ry 15, 1782, New Jersey (var­i­ous­ly re­port­ed as Cum­ber­land Coun­ty or Sa­lem Coun­ty). Died: Au­gust 26, 1826, Col­er­ain Town­ship, Lan­cas­ter Coun­ty, Penn­syl­van­ia. Buried: Old Un­ion Cem­e­te­ry, Col­er­ain Town­ship, Penn­syl­van­ia. Dare joined the Pres­by­ter­i­an church in Green­wich, Cum­ber­land Coun­ty, New Jer­sey, at age 23. From 1817 to un­til his death, he pas­tor­ed at the Un­ion Pres­by­ter­i­an Church, Col­er­ain Towns­hip, Penn­syl­van­ia. He al­so served as Dean of Boys at Wilm­ing­ton Coll­ege, Del­a­ware. A mu­si­cian as well as a min­is­ter and ed­u­cat­or, his orig­in­al com­po­si­t… Go to person page >

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Composer (attributed to): Elkanah Kelsay Dare
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Incipit: 51234 32175 51234
Key: f minor
Source: Wyeth's Repository of Sacred Music, Part Second, 1813; Sixteen Tune Settings, 1812; Kentucky Harmony, 1816
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

MORNING SONG is a folk tune that has some resemblance to the traditional English tune for "Old King Cole." The tune appeared anonymously in Part II of John Wyeth's (PHH 486) Repository of Sacred Music (1813). In 1816 it was credited to "Mr. Dean," which some scholars believe was a misprinted reference to Elkanah K. Dare, a composer who contributed more than a dozen tunes to Wyeth's Repository. In the original harmonization the melody was in the tenor. The tune is also known as CONSOLATION (and KENTUCKY HARMONY), its title in Ananias Davisson's Kentucky Harmony (1816), where it was set to Isaac Watts' morning song, "Once More, My Soul, the Rising Day." Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988

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