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Thread #26497 Message #3379469
Posted By: Haruo
20-Jul-12 - 11:38 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Angel Band
Subject: RE: Origins: Angel Band
There are maybe a couple dozen scans of this song in the Hymnary.org database. See the note I added there about the variant tunes and wordings.
Text Authority Page (scroll down to the Page Scans section, then scroll to the right to see more and more scans; click on a scan to enlarge, or right-click and open in a separate tab or window.
Here's one of the scanned versions that uses a tune different from that by Bradbury. This tune by Dadmun was published in 1860, i.e. two years earlier than Bradbury's "Land of Beulah" tune. I think three of the scans are of this tune, and I think I may have seen one that was of a different, non-Dadmun non-Bradbury, tune.
The hymnary.org database incorporates the entire Dictionary of North American Hymnology (as well as much additional material), and can be a treasure trove of information concerning all manner of queries about hymns. It has a forum, too, where you can post questions you can't find answers to in their searchable database.