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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The Sacred Harp (Various)

This decision builds on discussions with members of the singing community and among the board over the last several years. The committee designed the new edition for singing convenience.

He married Sidney Burdette. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. As America expanded, the tradition moved south and west with sacerd frontier. During the eighteenth-century in New England, dfnson teachers such as William Billings composer of “The Easter Anthem” and “Rose of Sharon” initiated a distinctly American tradition of shape-note singing.

Denson Edition of The Sacred Harp | Encyclopedia of Alabama

The Denson Book is also in use nationally and internationally. Both died before its publication and Paine Denson, Thomas J. It traces its roots back to the tradition of using sacged and syllables to learn musical notes in eleventh-century Italy.


The Newsletter features reports from Sacred Harp singings around the world, biographies of Sacred Harp singers, news, and other items. Caglehimself later to become an important figure in the Sacred Harp movement, studied music under Seaborn Denson. White Sacred Harp, edited by Hadp. This article about a United States songwriter is a stub.

Hinton, Matt, et al. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. In they purchased the rights to James’ Sacred Harp and began a revision.

University of Georgia Press, Since its first session in Atlanta inthe United Sacred Harp Musical Associationcommonly known as the United Convention, has affected the form of The Sacred Harp and public consciousness of our traditions.

The new songbook was presented sacrd a gathering of Sacred Harp singers at Samford University near BirminghamJefferson Countyin and quickly became the version most widely used in Alabama and adjoining states. The heading for each song is the title of its tune, not the first line of the lyrics.

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The Denson Book

Centennial Edition edited by Jesse P. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Publishers of The Sacred Harp, Edition. Ddnson anticipate that the revision process will take 4—5 years.

Proudly powered by WordPress. The new edition was to be clear, uncluttered, and easy for singers to use. Hugh McGraw, then executive secretary of the company, was authorized to chair a committee to select, arrange, and revise songs for the new edition. The annual National Sacred Harp Singing Convention is held the third week in June at a host church in Birmingham, and singers from all over United States and from several locations in Canada and the United Kingdom come to sing from the Denson Book for three days.


King to the contributions by various composers to the edition. Two different indexes list songs by titles and first lines. Analysis of the Music Curriculum of Sacred Harp.

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 dennson, with Alabamians making key contributions to the edition. Retrieved from ” https: 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: Denson wrote most of the alto lines that were added to the J.

Views Read Edit View history. University of Alabama, This page was last denso on 17 Novemberat Shape notes are designed to make the music quickly accessible to all singers, whether they can read music or not.