Sacred Harp & Shape Note Singing (CD)

$ 28.99


Release Date: 07/22/14

A Unique American Music

The Sacred Harp singing style is unique to America, treasured today both for its hauntingly attractive harmonies and its links to a seemingly lost rural past. Evolving from church singing-school organisations of the 18th century, it was and remains a community movement, with all-day singing conventions as much a social as a musical gathering, these days concentrated mainly in the Deep South. The main source for material is still BF White & EJ King's 'The Sacred Harp' - first published in 1844. The term 'shape note' comes from the book's system of musical notation - symbols being used rather than the more familiar 'staff' method. Here, from its heartlands of Georgia and Alabama - but also from locations as far-flung as New York and Indiana, is a singular music for too long thrust to the sidelines. We hope to help in changing that.

Label: Jsp Records
Genre: Contemporary Christian

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