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Onto Sand Mountain, Into Sacred Harp Community

in I Belong to This Band, Hallelujah!

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780226109589
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226109633 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226109633.003.0001
Onto Sand Mountain, Into Sacred Harp Community

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This chapter discusses the theme of this book, which is the Sacred Harp choral singers in the United States. The book investigates how Sacred Harp groups managed to maintain a sense of community despite the profound differences among their members. It provides a description of Sacred Harp groups in southern and northern states, as well as a brief profile of their membership, and also explains how Sacred Harp singing is a participatory, rather than performance-oriented, genre of music, ideally sung in large gatherings.

Keywords: Sacred Harp; choral singers; United States; sense of community; participatory singing; music

Chapter.  11806 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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