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The Sacred Harp : A Tradition and Its Music - Buell E., Jr. Cobb

The Sacred Harp

A Tradition and Its Music


Published: 10th October 1989
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On any Sunday afternoon a traveler through the Deep South might chance upon the rich, full sound of Sacred Harp singing. Aided with nothing but their own voices and the traditional shape-note songbook, Sacred Harp singers produce a sound that is unmistakable--clear and full-voiced. Passed down from early settlers in the backwoods of the Southern Uplands, this religious folk tradition hearkens back to a simpler age when Sundays were a time for the Lord and the "singings."

Illustrated with forty-one songs from the original songbook, "The Sacred Harp" is a comprehensive account of a unique form of folk music. Buell Cobb's study encompasses the history of the songbook itself, an analysis of the music, and an intimate portrait of the singers who have kept alive a truly American tradition.

Cobb's study aims at a comprehensive presentation of the contents, history, and use of "The Sacred Harp." He slights no aspect of the book and in many areas makes contributions that are fresh and important. . . . One of the few authoritative studies of a southern vernacular institution.--"Journal of Southern History"

Preface to the Brown Thrasher Editionp. vii
Prefacep. xv
The Traditionp. 1
The Musicp. 30
The Background and Early Historyp. 57
The Revisionsp. 84
The Conventionsp. 128
The Outlookp. 149
Traditional Sacred Harp Singings: Dates and Locationsp. 163
Selected Songs from the Sacred Harpp. 187
Selected Bibliographyp. 229
Notesp. 232
Indexp. 237
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ISBN: 9780820323718
ISBN-10: 0820323713
Series: Brown Thrasher Books
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 245
Published: 10th October 1989
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.17  x 1.65
Weight (kg): 0.35