Southern Harmony (Duckworth)

Southern Harmony is a minimalist composition by William Duckworth written in 1980 and 1981. It is scored for unaccompanied mixed chorus, and is an original work created through adaptation of shape-note songs from the 1854 compilation Southern Harmony and Musical Companion (first published 1835). Southern Harmony is divided into four books (or sections) that were premiered over the span of a decade. The complete work was premiered in February 1992 at Merkin Concert Hall in New York by the Gregg Smith Singers.


The individual movements of Southern Harmony are:

Book OneEdit

  1. Consolation
  2. Wondrous Love
  3. Hebrew Children
  4. Solemn Thought
  5. Rock of Ages

Book TwoEdit

  1. Cheerful
  2. War Department
  3. Condescension
  4. Holy Manna
  5. Bozrah

Book ThreeEdit

  1. The Mouldering Vine
  2. Mear
  3. Leander
  4. Sardina
  5. Windham

Book FourEdit

  1. Distress
  2. Nashville
  3. Turtle Dove
  4. Primrose
  5. Social Band


  • Monroe Street Music [1]
  • Southern Harmony compact disk [2]
  • Silverman, Adam. "Stylistic Combination and Methodical Construction in William Duckworth's Southern Harmony". Contemporary Music Review Volume 20, Number 4, 2001, pp. 45–59 (15). [3]