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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During the eighteenth-century in New England, singing teachers such as William Billings composer of “The Easter Anthem” and “Rose of Sharon” initiated a distinctly American tradition of shape-note singing.

You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Part of the inscription reads “By the loving hands of their families, pupils of their singing schools, and legions of singers and friends. The annual National Sacred Harp Singing Convention is haep 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.

The “sacred harp” is the human voice, and shape-note singing is an unaccompanied a capella style of performance.

The Denson Book

The Newsletter features reports from Sacred Harp singings around the world, biographies of Sacred Harp singers, news, and other items. Proudly powered by WordPress. The Makers of the Sacred Harp. The Sacred Harp Publishing Company.

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This page was last edited on 17 Novemberat December Learn how and when to remove this template message. A granite monument to the memory of Thomas J. Both died before its publication and Paine Denson, Thomas J.


Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. 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.

Two collaborating singing teachers and brothers-in-law in Spartanburg, South Carolina, William “Singing Billy” Walker and Benjamin Franklin White, came to a disagreement when, inWalker published his song book, Southern Harmony which introduced hymns such as “Amazing Grace” to mainline Protestantswithout giving credit to White.

The new songbook was presented to 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. Views Read Edit View history. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. We anticipate that the revision process will take 4—5 years. White moved to Georgia, where in he produced the first edition of The Sacred Harpin collaboration with E.

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University of Georgia Press, He married Sidney Burdette. Popular songbooks that followed included the revision of The Sacred Harp ; the and editions of Walker’s Densoon Harmony ; the B. Audiobook features 6 CDs with a digital download and a booklet with preface, author notes, and photos. The committee designed the new edition for singing convenience.

Analysis of the Music Curriculum of Sacred Harp. The story of the United Convention—told here through recordings, photos, and more—offers a fascinating perspective on the history of Sacred Debson singing in the twentieth century and beyond.

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, narp Alabamians making key contributions to the edition.


The Denson Book is also in use nationally and internationally.

– Sacred Harp and Shape Note singing

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: All the musical scores were newly typeset for clearer reading, and explanatory and historical notes from previous editions were omitted.

Publishers of The Sacred Harp, Edition. In they purchased the rights to James’ Sacred Harp and began a revision. He was a son of The Rev. Hugh McGraw, then executive secretary of the company, was authorized to chair a committee to select, arrange, and jarp songs for the new edition.

The Denson Edition of Dnson Sacred Harp —the “Denson Book” as it is generally called—is the most widely used of the hardback “old song” books used at shape-note congregational singings in churches throughout Alabama.

Denson was erected on the courthouse square in Double Springs, Alabama. White Sacred Harp, edited by W. James Original Sacred Harp.

This was done inthe densson year of the Sacred Harp. By Warren Steel with Richard Hulan. University of Illinois Press. Denson wrote most of the alto lines that were added to the J.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. King to denon contributions by various composers to the edition.