Please give today to support during one of only two fund drives we run each year. Each month, Hymnary serves more than 1 million users from around the globe, thanks to the generous support of people like you, and we are so grateful. 

Tax-deductible donations can be made securely online using this link.

Alternatively, you may write a check to CCEL and mail it to:
Christian Classics Ethereal Library, 3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546



Composer: Daniel Read (cir. 1780)
Published in 4 hymnals

Composer: Daniel Read

Daniel Read; b. 1757, Rehoboth, Mass.; d. 1837, New Haven, Conn.An American composer and a primary figure in early American classical music. He was one of the “Yankee Tunesmiths” (1st New England School of Music) when classical music was popular in Europe. Read was a private in Massachusetts militia and later a comb maker and owner of a general store in New Haven, CN. He was only the 3rd composer in the U. S. to put out a collection of his own music. His work, “The American Singing Book” went through 5 editions, making him the most popular composer in the nation. Others often plagarized his tunes in those days. Tunebook sales supplemented his general store income, including “The Columbian Harmonist” (3 volumnes) with 3 revi… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: STAFFORD (Read)
Composer: Daniel Read (cir. 1780)
Incipit: 51232 14321 53434
Key: A Major
Copyright: Public Domain



Organ Solo

  • The Organ Portfolio Volume 54 Number 5 June 1991: A Bi-monthly Anthology for the Church Organist
    Composer/Editors Dorothy Wells; Rex Koury
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1991) pp. 76
  • The Organist's Library Volume 11
    Composer/Editor Rex Koury
    Published By: Lorenz Publishing Company (1990) pp. 76


Instances (1 - 1 of 1)

The Sacred Harp #78

Include 3 pre-1979 instances
Suggestions or corrections? Contact us