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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This decision builds on discussions with members of the singing community and among the board over the last several years.

Two different indexes list songs by titles and first lines. The new edition was to be clear, uncluttered, and easy for singers to use.

University of Alabama, The committee designed the new edition for singing convenience. University of Illinois Press. Seaborn Venson Denson — April 18, was a notable Alabama musician and singing school teacher within the Sacred Harp tradition. Edited by Joseph Stephen James. Views Read Edit View history. The “sacred harp” is the human voice, and shape-note singing is an unaccompanied a capella style of performance.

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.

– Sacred Harp and Shape Note singing

Denson wrote most of the alto lines that were added to the J. Hugh McGraw, then executive secretary of the company, was authorized to chair a committee to select, arrange, and revise songs for the new edition.


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. Dennson 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.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. White Sacred Harp, edited by W. Part of the inscription reads “By the loving hands of their families, pupils of their singing schools, and legions of singers and friends. Dates and names of lyricists and composers under the heading of each musical score, however, were retained. We anticipate that the revision process will take 4—5 years.

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

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Hsrp Policy. Shape notes are designed to haro the music quickly accessible to all singers, whether they can read music or not. 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.

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.


Analysis of the Music Curriculum of Sacred Harp. The Sacred Harp Publishing Company. 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. Both died before its publication and Paine Denson, Thomas J. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. December Learn how denso when to remove this template message.

Retrieved from ” https: As America expanded, the tradition moved south and west with the densln. White moved to Georgia, where in he produced the first edition of The Sacred Harpin collaboration with E.

The Denson Book

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.

James Original Sacred Harp. Each heading tune title is followed by a pertinent Bible verse.

By Warren Steel with Richard Hulan. The heading for each song is the title of its tune, not the first line of the lyrics. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. A granite monument to the memory of Thomas J. Sacref page was last edited on 17 Novemberat Hinton, Matt, et al.

Publishers of The Sacred Harp, Edition. He married Sidney Burdette.

Audiobook features 6 CDs with a digital download and a booklet with preface, author notes, and photos.