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 Edition||p. vii|
|The Tradition||p. 1|
|The Music||p. 30|
|The Background and Early History||p. 57|
|The Revisions||p. 84|
|The Conventions||p. 128|
|The Outlook||p. 149|
|Traditional Sacred Harp Singings: Dates and Locations||p. 163|
|Selected Songs from the Sacred Harp||p. 187|
|Selected Bibliography||p. 229|
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Series: Brown Thrasher Books
Number Of Pages: 245
Published: 10th October 1989
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.2 x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.35