Sacred Harp music

Postings about Sacred Harp (and other shapenote) singing.

6/22/10: Rivers of Babylon

Rivers of Babylon

music: Wood Street 504, William Billings round Rivers of Babylon

9/23/10: Memorial singing

Memorial singing

music: Boylston 147t, War Department 160t, Babylon Is Fallen 117, Jordan 66, All Is Well 122, Mount Desert 474

9/23/10: Shapenote singing: some basics

Shapenote singing: some basics

music: St. Thomas 34b, Ninety-Fifth 36b, New Britain 45t, Natick 497, Wood Street 504

9/23/10: Notes on shapenote singing

Notes on shapenote singing

10/17/10: Shapenote videos

Shapenote videos

video of Panting for Heaven 384

12/13/10: Jesus, the Light of the World

Jesus, the Light of the World

mention of Cookham 81b

1/7/11: Quotes and footnotes

Quotes and footnotes

mention of The Grieved Soul 448b

3/28/11: Singing and cake

Singing and cake

8/16/11: Ilse Lehiste Memorial Symposium

Ilse Lehiste Memorial Symposium

music: Hallelujah 146

8/30/11: Hallelujah


discussion of Hallelujah 146

8/30/11: Awake my soul

Awake, my soul

music: Loving-Kindness 275

☛ 11/29/11: Rudolph in Northfield

Rudolph in Northfield

music: Northfield 155

11/29/11: Borrowing texts

Borrowing texts

287 Cambridge, 299 New Jerusalem, 168 Cowper

11/30/11: Text and tune

Text and tune

discussion of Northfield 155

12/12/11: Black keys

Black keys

music: Prospect 30b, New Britain 45t, Jewett 105, New Britain in Southern Harmony 8t

12/13/11: Text+Tune


music: from American Christmas Harp: Antioch, Antioch in Southern Harmony, Sheffield, Boston

12/23/11: Come thou fount

Come Thou Fount

music: Nettleton in Episcopal hymnal, and under the name The Good Shepherd, in Walker’s Christian Harmony, Restoration (First) 312b, Olney 135, Warrenton 145, Family Circle 333

12/26/11: Six tunes, at least that many texts

Six tunes, at least that many texts

music: Auld Lang Syne / Hamburg / Plenary 162, Shepherds Rejoice 152, Oxford 306, Boston, Ellacombe (Lutheran hymnal), Christmas Eve (Lutheran hymnal)

1/5/12: Portuguese Hymn

Portuguese Hymn

music: Portuguese Hymn 223

7/10/12: Copernicus and Springsteen

Copernicus and Springsteen

music: The Last Words of Copernicus 338

7/10/12: Muriillo’s, or Morelli’s, Lesson

Murillo’s, or Morelli’s, Lesson

music: Murillo’s Lesson 358, The Bride’s Farewell 359b

12/21/12: Through all the changing scenes of life

Through all the changing scenes of life

music: Psalm 34th

12/27/12: Confidence and Bear Creek

Confidence (and Bear Creek)

music: Confidence 270, Bear Creek 269

12/28/12: Praise singing

Praise singing

music: Bridgewater 274

5/15/13: half the beast, the neighbor of the beast

half the Beast, the neighbor of the Beast

5/19/13: Two mother songs

Two mother songs

music: The Dying Boy 398, Holy Manna 59

6/10/13: Shapenote postings

Shapenote postings

summary of postings

4/20/14: Easter Anthem

11/2/14: Sacred Harp by Cantus
music: A Thankful Heart 475, Holy Manna 59

4/29/15: Ignaz Pleyel
music: Pleyel’s Hymn (First) 123, Pleyel’s Hymn (Second) 523b

4/17/16: Marian Bush:
death notice for a singer

5/19/16: How long?:

7/13/16: Farewells:
SH347 Christians, Farewell (with alternative words)

9/18/16: Another curiosity shelf:
SH99 Gospel Trumpet

9/26/16: The Antichrist:
Southern Harmony 19t: Hicks’ Farewell
SH83b The Dying Minister
SH348t Ainslie
SH570 Farewell to All (Second)

11/16/16: But oh, their end, their dreadful end:
SH183 Greenwich
SH191 Virginia
SH192 Schenectady
SH193 Huntington

11/28/16: My tongue broke out in unknown strains:
SH297 Conversion

2/13/17: Our allotted span:
SH35 Saints Bound for Heaven
SH50 t: Mortality, b: Humility
SH181: Exit

2/13/17: Rainbow:
SH344: Rainbow; Bay Area singings

4/24/17: Memorial song: Fellowship 330b:
“Blest be the tie that binds”

4/29/17: base(ly):
SH71: Leander (and SH270: Confidence)

5/13/17: I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valley:
SH254: Rose of Sharon

8/22/17: The FaSoLa Cafe:
cafe in Narita Airport

9/27/17: The birthday singing:
Old Hundred SH49t; Mear SH49b

10/1/17: Ecstasy:
SH85 The Morning Trumpet, SH106 Ecstasy, SH120 Chambers, SH285t Arnold, SH497 Natick

10/14/17: A musical journey to NW MA:
SH155 Northfield, SH195 Worcester, SH127 Green Fields, SH40 Lenox; (by Billings) Amherst, Greenfield, Boston ACH28, Charlston ACH25, Water Town ACH26, Jamaica ACH34; also Deerfield, Springfield, Northampton, Williamstown ACH35, Hull ACH34, Salem ACH102, Milford SH273 and ACH10, Mount Desert SH474, Portland SH556

11/17/17: Singing in parts:
lines in SH singing (and SATB choral music and TTBB men’s quartet music)

2/23/18: Lexical adventures in the Sacred Harp:
Florence SH121, Mission SH204, Columbus SH67, Cambridge SH287, O Come Away SH334, Stafford SH78; concordance to the Sacred Harp; Southern Harp O Come, Come Away

2/23/18: Death’s end:
Promised Day SH409, New Jerusalem SH299, Northfield SH155

3/26/18: Todrick Hall:
Judy Hauff’s CD Angels on the Wing, Karen Willard’s book An American Christmas Harp

3/31/18: Easter Anthem: the text:

6/28/18: Mix and match:
mixing and matching text and tune

8/13/18: In Syntax Country:
SH299 New Jerusalem

1/1/19: Fiction: He kissed me:
a Palo Alto singing in 1996

4/24/19: A Ceci disavowal:
SH117 Babylon Is Fallen

6/16/19: On this day in 2019:
BASH singing at Palo Alto World Music Festival; SH 297 Conversion

7/3/19: Numerology:
SH63 Coronation, SH198 Green Street, SH314 Cleburne, SH485 New Agatite

7/16/19: Singout at the CA chorale:
singing scheduled for 2019 motss.con in Palo Alto; SH singing style

8/29/19: 79:
SH79 The Old Ship of Zion; SH388; references to SH50t and SH181; Marian Bush memorial singing

8/31/19: Come lay your carnal weapons by:
SH404 Youth Will Soon Be Gone

9/2/19: More dream linguistics:
SH122 All Is Well

9/8/19: Greetings:
SH272 Exhortation (Second)

9/9/19: Revisiting 34: sing out, Arnold!:
SH285t Arnold; SH354b Happy Land; Wesley text, Breedlove tune; pairing of texts and tunes

1/29/20: Roses now, or roses later:
SH340 Odem (Second); SH339 When I Am Gone; SH260 Farewell Anthem

4/4/20: Clouds of glory:
SH480 Redemption; SH479 Chester

6/12/20: Wayfaring musicians:
SH457 Wayfaring Stranger

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