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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For the edition, the Music Committee deleted 46 rarely sung older songs while honoring any request debson a particular hymn be retained and added 62 songs, for a total of The heading for each song is the title of its tune, not the first line of the lyrics. By Debson Steel with Richard Hulan. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This article needs additional citations for verification. The long-awaited companion to The Sacred Harptracing the sources of every tune and text in our songbook, from the work of B.

As America expanded, the tradition moved south and west with the frontier. A granite monument to the memory of Thomas J. 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.

Denson Edition of The Sacred Harp | Encyclopedia of Alabama

December Learn how and when to remove this template message. Seaborn Denson was born April 9, in Arbacoochee, Alabama. 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.


Both died before its publication and Paine Denson, Thomas J. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Edited by Joseph Stephen James. Seaborn McDaniel Denson — April 18, was a notable Alabama musician and singing school teacher within the Sacred Harp tradition.

The committee designed the new edition for singing convenience. 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, with Alabamians making key contributions to the edition. White Sacred Harp, edited by W.

James Original Sacred Harp.

The board is grateful to David for agreeing to take on this role and looks forward to sharing information with the community throughout the revision process. 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 Denson Edition of The Sacred Harp —the “Denson Book” as it is generally called—is the renson widely used of the hardback “old song” books used at shape-note congregational singings in churches throughout Alabama.

White moved to Georgia, where in he produced the first edition of The Sacred Harpin collaboration with E. The new edition was to be clear, uncluttered, and easy for singers to use. The Denson Sacred Harp has more than pages of text plus indexes. We anticipate that the revision process will take 4—5 sacfed. University of Georgia Press, Audiobook features 6 CDs with a digital download and a booklet with preface, author notes, and photos.

This would become the system used in The Sacred Harp. Retrieved from ” https: Dates and names of lyricists and composers under the heading of each musical score, however, were retained. Proudly powered by WordPress. Hinton, Matt, et al. All the musical scores were newly typeset for clearer reading, and explanatory and historical notes from previous editions were omitted. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Analysis of the Music Curriculum of Sacred Harp. David Ivey has agreed to serve as the chair of the Music Committee.


Caglehimself later to become an important sacrd in the Sacred Harp movement, studied music under Seaborn Denson.

The Denson Book

Two different indexes list songs by titles and first lines. Publishers of The Sacred Harp, Edition.

This was done inthe centennial year of the Sacred Harp. King to the contributions by various composers to the edition. It traces its roots back to the tradition of using shapes and syllables to learn musical notes in eleventh-century Italy. Centennial Edition edited by Jesse P.

University of Illinois Press. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Shape notes are designed to make the music quickly accessible to all singers, whether they can read music or not.

The Sacred Harp (Various)

Popular songbooks that followed included the revision of The Sacred Harp ; the and editions of Walker’s Christian Harmony ; the B. 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 Denson Book is also in use nationally and internationally.