Adapter: Robert Archibald Smith (1825)
Published in 24 hymnals

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Adapter: Robert Archibald Smith

Although largely self-taught, Robert A. Smith (b. Reading, Berkshire, England, 1780; d. Edinburgh, Scotland, 1829) was an excellent musician. By the age of ten he played the violin, cello, and flute, and was a church chorister. From 1802 to 1817 he taught music in Paisley and was precentor at the Abbey; from 1823 until his death he was precentor and choirmaster in St. George's Church, Edinburgh. He enlarged the repertoire of tunes for psalm singing in Scotland, raised the precentor skills to a fine art, and greatly improved the singing of the church choirs he directed. Smith published his church music in Sacred Harmony (1820, 1825) and compiled a six-volume collection of Scottish songs, The Scottish Minstrel (1820-1824). Bert Polman Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: SELMA
Adapter: Robert Archibald Smith (1825)
Incipit: 13212 35565 35666
Key: E♭ Major
Source: Traditional, from the Isle of Arran
Copyright: Public Domain



Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #1034
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #1668
Text: Fair Waved the Golden Corn
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)


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Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #1034


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The Cyber Hymnal #1668

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