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)

University of Illinois Press. 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. Analysis of the Music Curriculum of Sacred Harp. For the edition, the Music Committee deleted 46 rarely sung older songs while honoring any request that a particular hymn be retained and added 62 songs, for a total of We anticipate that the revision process will take 4—5 years.

The committee designed the new edition for singing convenience. A granite monument to the memory of Thomas J.

Instead of using the traditional fenson system, some singing teachers taught only four syllables fa-so-la-fa-so-la-mi-fa with four shapes: This page was last edited on 17 Novemberat As America denspn, the tradition moved south and west with the frontier.

Denson wrote most of the alto lines that were added to the J. Shape notes are designed to make the music quickly accessible to all singers, whether they can read music or not.

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

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. 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.


By Warren Steel with Richard Hulan. The Denson Edition of The 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. 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 Denson Book is also in use nationally and internationally. This would become the system used in The Sacred Dejson.

Part of the inscription reads “By the loving hands of their families, pupils of their singing schools, and legions of singers and friends. David Ivey has agreed to serve as the chair of the Music Committee.

This decision builds on discussions with members of the singing community and among the board over the last several years. Popular songbooks that followed included the revision of The Sacred Harp ; the and editions of Walker’s Christian Harmony ; the B.

– Sacred Harp and Shape Note singing

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. This was done inthe centennial year of the Sacred Harp. In they purchased the rights to James’ Sacred Harp and began a revision. Denson was erected on the courthouse square in Double Springs, Alabama. It traces its roots back to the tradition of using shapes and syllables to learn musical notes in eleventh-century Italy.

White moved to Georgia, where in he produced the first edition of The Sacred Harpin collaboration with E. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Retrieved from ” https: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


All the musical scores were newly typeset for clearer reading, and explanatory and historical notes from previous editions were omitted. Hinton, Matt, et al. He was a son of The Rev. Both died before its publication and Paine Denson, Thomas J. 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.

You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Caglehimself later to become an important figure in the Sacred Harp movement, studied music under Seaborn Denson. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The Denson Book

Edited by Joseph Stephen James. This article about a United States songwriter is a stub.

Two different indexes list songs by titles and first lines. The story of the United Convention—told here through recordings, photos, and more—offers a fascinating perspective on the history of Sacred Harp singing in the twentieth century and beyond. He married Haep Burdette. The long-awaited companion to The Sacred Harptracing the sources of every tune and text in our songbook, from the work of B.

James Original Sacred Harp.

Seaborn Denson was born April 9, in Arbacoochee, Alabama. University of Alabama, University of Georgia Press, The heading for each song is the deneon of its tune, not the first line of the lyrics.

The Makers of the Sacred Harp.