Directory and minutes of sacred harp singings 1990 and. Sacred harp singing is a tradition of sacred choral music that originated in new england and was later perpetuated and carried on in the american south of the united states. The book is a rarity in part because it was rejected by most sacred harp singers. Musicnotes features the worlds largest online digital sheet music catalogue with over 300,000 arrangements available to print and play instantly. In the lineage of sacred harp editions, it is a descendent of the 1844 tunebook the sacred harp by b. This publication has an annual circulation of more than 3,000 to singers across the united states, canada, and the united kingdom. This website is a learning resource for both experienced and new shapenote singers.
The denson edition of the sacred harp 1991the denson book as it is generally calledis the most widely used of the hardback old song books used at shapenote congregational singings in churches throughout alabama. The sacred harp, with the most prominent of these being the 1991 denson edition. Amazing grace and shapenote singing library of congress. I serve as vice president of the sacred harp publishing company, the nonprofit organization that publishes the sacred harp, 1991 edition, and as a member of the committee revising the tunebook. The library of congress is providing access to these materials for educational and research purposes and makes no warranty with regard to their use for other purposes. It has been traditionally used in the florida panhandle, the southern regions of georgia, alabama, and mississippi, and in texas. Over the years successive revisions added and deleted tunes from previous editions. Miller by robert vaughn when rusk countian aaron r. Internet resources particularly those not described in. The 1991 edition contains 554 sacred songs, hymns, odes and anthems and is widely used by the sacred harp community as well as hymnologists.
A beginners guide to shapenote singing hints, stories, advice, and minutiae by lisa grayson fifth edition 2012 contents introduction. Its roots lie in the singing school movement begun in new england during the 1720s, in which singing masters compiled books of music instruction designed to teach note reading for singing in churches. Voices of carrollton150th annual chatahoochee sacred harp singing convention recorded live august 34, 2002 at wilsons chapel, carrollton, georgia. Sacred harp music is a genre of choral music originating in the southern united states, named for the sacred harp songbook, first published in 1844, which uses shape notation designed to be more accessible to novice sightreaders. The sacred harp is a shapenote tunebook first published in 1844 in hamilton, georgia, and used for congregational singing. Directory and minutes of sacred harp singings 1990 and 1991 and names and addresses of sacred harp singers throughout the usa.
The christian harmony 2010 the christian harmony 2010 is intended to replace both the christian harmony alabama and the christian harmony north carolina, and the 2010 book accordingly contains all the songs that appear in either or both of those earlier books. The word index is currently not available for the songs on page 195 and above. Sacred harp and other shapenote singing pilgrim production. King in 1844, was the continuation of an american singing tradition already more than a century old. Digitized version of jl whites 1909 fifth edition of the sacred harp. It is still used today throughout the south wherever. Online indexes to sacred harp and other shapenote books from sacred harp concordance the sacred harp concordance is a 230page index of nearly every word and phrase in the sacred harp, 1991 edition. Just a closer walk with thee by ella fitzgerald by texpaco. Furthermore, all tunes in the original supplement are now included, even those also published in the sacred harp, 1991 edition. Awake, my soul is a feature documentary that explores the history, music, and traditions of sacred harp singing, the oldest surviving american music.
Publication date 1831 topics hymns, religious poetry, great britain history. The sacred harp became the favorite hymn book for southern fundamentalists and gave fasola music its name. The sacred harp, 1991 edition, for instance, contains notable new compositions along with texts and tunes from previous centuries. Singers sit in a hollow square formation, tenors facing altos and trebles facing basses. Directory and minutes of sacred harp singings 1990 and 1991 and names and addresses of sacred harp singers throughout the usa parker, nora on. If two songs begin on the same page, be sure to add a t. The book is a rarity in part because it was rejected by most sacred harp singers, who felt that whites modernized harmonies and added gospel music ventured too. Sacred harp music the handbook of texas online texas. Shop our newest and most popular sacred harp sheet music such as spirit of faith, come down, or click the button above to. Much space was devoted to sacred harp singings, and one or more songs were printed in each issue.
Buy yourself a copy of the sacred harp, 1991 edition. File name save the file with the name of your singing. Published first by the sacred harp publishing company, founded by alabamian tom denson in 1933, the denson edition continues to have strong alabama ties in its later. Notes, this edition of the sacred harp was the forerunner of the denson edition the direct ancestor of the current edition.
Miller the moses of the sacred harp of texas,1 he probably had in. Many sacred harp singers attend both cooper edition and 1991. Pittsburgh regional allday sacred harp singing d saturday, march 25, 2017 10. People stood along the walls and the doorway was packed. There will be additional singings on thursday, friday, and sunday evenings. Internet resources particularly those not described in other chapters. Complete, fully searchable information about the sacred harp.
An invaluable document of a musical tradition stretching back to the civil war that is on the verge of disappearing forever, desire for piety is a rare example of black sacred harp singing from rural southeast alabama. Introduction in his bestselling book, stars fell on alabama, carl carmer described an early 1930s sacred harp singing in north alabama. A partwriting primer for shapenote hymnody robert t. Fasola taught students to identify pitches by names. This index contains the lyrics of all songs in the b. Sacred harp singing is a tradition of sacred choral music that originated in new england and. There everlasting spring abides, 289 greensborough 392 manchester 446.
The 1991 edition is the more widely used edition of the sacred harp in use today, particularly in the north and central regions of alabama, georgia, and mississippi, and among the many sacred harp singers outside the south. The sacred harp, a compilation of hymns and songs written in shaped notes, was put together for congregational singing by benjamin franklin white, the brother of my great, great, great grandmother. Schedules of annual singings from the sacred harp 1991 edition, the. Sacred harp bremen germany singing robotsthe sacred harp singers of bremen, germany, designed this website containing mp3 recordings of computergenerated singing, known as singing robots, to assist them in learning the songs in the sacred harp, 1991 edition denson book and the christian harmony, 2010 edition.
I also edit the sacred harp publishing company newsletter and serve as director of research for the publishing companys sacred harp museum. Louis shape note singers are a loose affiliation of singers in the old colonial and southern tradition of sacred harp singing. The name is derived from the sacred harp, a ubiquitous and historically important tunebook printed in shape notes. All the tunes published in editions before 1859 or after that date, but before 1911, can also be. While some shape note books include oldfashioned gospel hymns, the music in the most widely used book, the 1991 sacred harp, has an unfamiliar older sound. Thus this division of our website contains song entries for only a few songs that were not in either previous christian harmony. White sacred harp, the hymn book primarily used by the seven million shapenote singers in this. Denson edition of the sacred harp encyclopedia of alabama. Chronological index of the sacred harp 1991 edition. Since 1844 sacred harp singers have defined, nurtured, and passed along their art and their beliefs. The sacred harp, revised cooper edition online index. Meanwhile, the poetry of the 1991 revision is available in chris thormans online index. However, all tunes that were deleted before 1966 can be found online in either the 1859 edition or in the 1911 james book.
White sacred harp cooper revision you may look up any song by title, page number, first line, composer, poet, or meter you may also look up words or verses using the word index. Voices of winfieldjoseph beasley memorial sacred harp singing recorded live at the concord primitive baptist church in winfield, alabama. Sacred harp singings traditionally were in some places, still are a part of a communitys homecoming celebration, of which the church and religion were major parts. The sacred harp, 1991 edition university of mississippi. Musical conservatism and digital retypesetting in the revision of the sacred harp. Sacred harp is a uniquely american tradition that brings communities. This is a wonderful book of traditional style of sacred harp singing. Kelley october 2009 in our undergraduate music theory courses we teach students a set of procedures to emulate the composition style of the european composers who wrote tonal music from the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries. Sacred harp singing is a tradition of sacred choral music that originated in the american south of the united states.
Authoritative information about the hymn text do not i love thee, o my lord. Chapter 4 internet resources university of mississippi. Sacred harp singing has been interdenominational since it began. Guide to leading music in the sacred harp tradition. Texas sacred harp newsletter may november, 2005 the moses of the sacred harp of texas jno. Officially titled the sacred harp, edition with the word edition on the outer the most common nationwide nickname for this book is denson book.
There are a few additional songs in the sacred harp, 1991 edition that cannot. The latest edition, published in 1991, is by far the most popular of the fourshape tune books used in the usa and is used at all sacred harp singings in the uk. Two astoundingly powerful songs of traditional sacred harp singing, both field recordings made at liberty baptist church, henagar, alabama in 20045. Windham 38b from the sacred harp, showing the fourshape notation and the traditional oblong layout. It is famous for its cheese notes see notes to song no. The work was first published in 1844 and has reappeared in multiple editions ever since. If two songs begin on the same page, be sure to add t for. One way that amazing grace was disseminated in 19thcentury america was shapenote hymnals. The sacred harp or, eclectic harmony internet archive. The principle behind writing music in this unique, nontraditional notation was pedagogical, as was the english fasola technique. The cooper edition is a tunebook descended from the 19thcentury sacred harp and initially published in 1902 by w.
Twenty tunes in the 1991 edition of the sacred harp are credited to him. Shmha gratefully accepts tax deductible contributions of cash, stock, or other property to support projects to promote sacred harp. Notes this edition of the sacred harp was the forerunner of the 1936 denson edition the direct ancestor of the current 1991 edition. Whites three different attempts at revising the sacred harp between 1909 and 1911.862 1139 512 1225 1243 1376 208 1316 1405 685 1371 204 713 1060 1296 817 1314 422 967 220 954 1544 359 1264 1057 428 1051 982 1597 1237 62 594 372 69 1251 1460 418 1311 168 1048 245 258 1022 1102 1142 163 985 200