Officially titled The Sacred Harp, edition (with the word “edition” on the outer The most common nationwide nickname for this book is “Denson book.”. Misc. Notes, This edition of the Sacred Harp was the fore-runner of the Denson edition (the direct ancestor of the current edition). It is famous for its . Explore the Sacred Harp / Shape Note Recordings list by mauso-palooza on Discogs. Create Credited to Denson’s Sacred Harp Singers Of Arley, Alabama.

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Part of the inscription reads “By the loving hands of their families, pupils of their singing schools, and legions of singers and friends. The “sacred harp” is the human voice, and shape-note singing is an unaccompanied a capella style of performance.

– Sacred Harp and Shape Note singing

Hinton, Matt, et al. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. All the musical scores were newly typeset for clearer reading, and explanatory and historical notes from previous editions were omitted.

Seaborn Denson was born April 9, in Arbacoochee, Alabama. The book is prefaced by a short essay, “Music,” by Ruth Denson Edwards, and “Rudiments of Music,” revised and updated by John Garst folk researcher and retired University of Georgia chemist. Popular songbooks that followed included the revision of The Sacred Harp ; the and editions of Walker’s Christian Harmony ; the B.

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Denson wrote most of the alto lines that were added to the J. We anticipate that the revision process will take 4—5 years.

The Denson Book

Hugh McGraw, then executive secretary of the company, was authorized to chair a committee to select, arrange, and revise songs for the new edition. This would become the system used in The Sacred Harp.

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The Makers of the Sacred Harp. University of Illinois Press. This article needs additional citations for verification.

For the edition, the Music Committee deleted 46 rarely sung older songs while honoring any request that a particular hymn be retained and added 62 songs, for a total of The Sacred Harp Publishing Company.

This article about a United States songwriter is a stub. By using this site, you agree venson the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The long-awaited companion to The Sacred Harptracing the sources of every tune and text in our songbook, from the work of B. Proudly powered by WordPress.

David Ivey has agreed to serve as the chair of the Music Ssacred. The committee designed the new edition for singing convenience.

Centennial Edition edited by Jesse P. As America expanded, the tradition moved south and west with the frontier. King to the contributions by various composers to the edition. The story of the United Convention—told here through recordings, photos, and more—offers a fascinating perspective on the history of Sacred Harp singing in the twentieth century and beyond.

Seaborn McDaniel Denson

Published first by the Sacred Harp Publishing Company, founded by Alabamian Tom Denson inthe Denson Edition continues to have strong Alabama ties in its later revisions, with Alabamians making key contributions to the edition. Two different indexes list songs by titles and first lines.

University of Georgia Press, Seaborn McDaniel Denson — April 18, was a notable Alabama musician and singing school teacher within the Sacred Harp tradition.

White Sacred Harp, edited by W. Analysis of the Music Curriculum of Sacred Harp. Instead of using the traditional do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-do system, some singing teachers taught only four syllables fa-so-la-fa-so-la-mi-fa with four shapes: This was done inthe centennial year of the Sacred Harp. Caglehimself later to become an important figure in the Sacred Harp movement, studied music under Seaborn Denson.


The heading for each song is the title of its tune, not the first line of the lyrics.

The Sacred Harp (Various) – IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library: Free Public Domain Sheet Music

Shape notes are designed to make the music quickly accessible to all singers, whether they can read music or not. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. The Denson Edition of The Sacred Harp —the “Denson Book” as it is dnson called—is the most widely used of the hardback “old song” books used at shape-note congregational singings in churches throughout Alabama.

The board is grateful to David for agreeing to take on this role and looks forward to sharing information with the community throughout the revision process. It traces its roots back to the tradition of using shapes and syllables to learn musical notes in eleventh-century Italy.

Retrieved from ” https: A granite dfnson to the memory of Thomas J. This decision builds on discussions with eacred of the singing community and among the board over the last several years.

Edited by Joseph Stephen James. The new edition was to be clear, uncluttered, and easy for singers to use.