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On every Saturday or Sunday of the year, if you know where to go, you will find people in the United States, Canada, even Europe singing from an oblong red-brown book called The Sacred Harp. Sometimes called shape note or fasola singing, Sacred Harp is a tradition of communal sacred singing that developed in New England after the American Revolution, migrated south and west, and was preserved for generations in Appalachia and the deep South, bringing communities together to sing four-part hymns and anthems. During a July heat wave I ventured to Kalamazoo, Michigan, where nearly two hundred singers have assembled for the annual Sacred Harp singing convention. Mid-morning, a woman from Chicago named Judy Hauff walks into the steamy basement, running late. Judy Hauff is in unusual company in having three of her compositions in the latest edition of The Sacred Harp , most of whose songs date back to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Even more unusual, she is the only one of the living composers whose songs have fully entered the mainstream of the canon.
“Wood Street”: On the sound and Psalm 137 references of the Sacred Harp song
Shape note - Wikipedia
Published by the Society of Subliminal State, this book features 53 original shape note compositions, with music written by me and lyrics by Carrie Dashow. For this new edition, roughly 20 songs have been improved or corrected, and the introductions and rudiments of music sections have been updated. Read more about the tunebook in the artworks and compositions section of this site. The singing school will begin each month at 7 pm and last for about an hour. Visit the New York State Convention web site for more information. The article follows how this music has brought us together for singing, fellowship, and in recognition of our common spirituality and religiosity. I am quoted in the article as are two other Boston-area singers.
Subliminal History of New York State: Troy Edition
This page is the home site of the Minnesota Harmony Project, a group of shape note and Sacred Harp Singers in Minnesota who are writing new songs and rediscovering old ones. This site is a place where shape note songwriters from Minnesota can put copies of their songs, to make them available to the shapenote community. This is also a place to make available other rediscovered tunes from our rich shape note heritage that are not in print in the books now available. The background texture is courtesy Free Gifs and Animations. Thank you.
As much a self-portrait as a formalist revision of an archaic musical style, this piece employs sound and its environment to describe a simultaneous affection for and alienation from the shape note singing tradition. Shape note music — so called for its four distinctively shaped note-heads that aid singers in sight-reading the music — is a loud, earnest, often raucous form of unaccompanied community singing that has been continually practiced in the United States for the last two hundred years. Characterized by driving rhythms, soaring harmonies, and a distinctively Christian sensibility, shape note music combines the austerity of New England Protestant values with the earthiness of a rural folkway. The tunes were carried westward from the coast by traveling tunesmiths and their singing schools, but enthusiasm for the singing style had waned in the North by the middle of the nineteenth century.