The promised land (Matilda T. Durham)

From ChoralWiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Music files

L E G E N D Disclaimer How to download
Icon_pdf.gif Pdf
Icon_snd.gif Midi
MusicXML.png MusicXML
Musc3.png MuseScore3
File details.gif File details
Question.gif Help
  • (Posted 2023-04-12)  CPDL #73455:  In F# minor:         In F Major:        
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2023-04-12).   Score information: A5, 1 page, 51 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: "Hymnbook" version, for SATB. Transcribed from The Salvation Army's Songs and Music, 1922. In this book, this work appears in F Major; converted to f# minor here (as in all nineteenth-century and shapenote editions). Eight stanzas included.
  • (Posted 2023-04-12)  CPDL #73448:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2023-04-12).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 64 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Oval-note version, converted from the original four-shape version. Transcribed from The Hesperian Harp, 1848. For four voices, TrATB; Alto by William Hauser, 1848. Four stanzas included, as included in Kentucky Harmony, 1815.
  • (Posted 2023-04-11)  CPDL #73447:         
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2023-04-11).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 60 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from The Hesperian Harp, 1848. For four voices, TrATB; Alto by William Hauser, 1848. Notes in four-shape format, as in 1835, 1844, and 1848. Four stanzas included, as included in Kentucky Harmony, 1815.
  • (Posted 2013-08-17)  CPDL #29848:     
Editor: Crys Armbrust (submitted 2013-08-16).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 184 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Transcription of shaped note hymn. Original composition published in Southern Harmony 1835. Score is marked for SCtB or SAA.

General Information

Title: The Promised Land
First Line: On Jordan's stormy banks I stand
Composer: Matilda T. Durham
Lyricist: Samuel Stennett

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: TrTB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1835 in Southern Harmony, p. 51
    2nd published: 1844 in The Sacred Harp, p. 128
    3rd published: 1848 in The Hesperian Harp, pp. 154-155 (two arrangements)
Description: This song first appeared in William Walker's Southern Harmony, 1835; the three-voice music was attributed there to "Miss M. Durham", identified as Matilda T. Durham by Steel and Hulan (2010). The three-part 1835 song was reprinted in The Sacred Harp (1844), and it was repeated in William Hauser's Hesperian Harp (1848) with an added Alto part by Hauser. Hauser says that this tune was "arranged by" Miss Durham, which raises the possibility that the tune was a folk hymn of earlier days. Later editions of The Sacred Harp up to the present (1991) edition have a different Alto part, that Steel and Hulan say was revised from a part written by Anna Blackshear in 1902. In most versions including the 1835 original, the tune is in f# minor; some twentieth-century versions have it in F major.

Text of verses by Samuel Stennett, 1787; the chorus text (by an unknown author) first appeared in Southern Harmony, 1835. The song was rearranged later in the nineteenth century into the SATB "hymnbook" style of that day by an unknown arranger; this appears in many modern hymnbooks.


  • Steel, David Warren, and Richard H. Hulan. 2010. The Makers of the Sacred Harp. Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois Press. 322 pp.

External websites:

Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at On Jordan's stormy banks I stand.