The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition

This is the most popular shape-note tunebook in use today for a cappella singing of religious music, mostly of early American origin, in four-part harmony. Singing from this book and other Sacred Harp editions is Sacred Harp singing.
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The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition. The 1991 Edition is the more widely used of two major editions of The Sacred Harp in use today, particularly in the north and central regions of Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi, and among the many Sacred Harp singers outside the South. In the lineage of Sacred Harp editions, it is a descendent of the 1844 tunebook The Sacred Harp by B.F. White and E. J. King, and, more immediately, is a major revision of, and successor to, the Denson Revision of the Original Sacred Harp. To compile the 1991 Edition, a music committee of prominent Sacred Harp singers chaired by Hugh McGraw added 62 songs and deleted 46 rarely sung older songs and anthems. The added songs include late 18th- and early 19th-century classics of New England and Southern origin and new songs by living composers from the South, Northeast, and Midwest. (The nature of the revisions made in the 1991 Edition are dramatically different from those made to create the Denson Revision decades before, and the tunebook title and ownership structure of the publishing company are different as well, so the continued use of the term "Denson book" for this revision is, in a strict sense, incorrect.) The scores of all 554 songs were entirely retypeset for easier legibility. Sources and dates of tunes and texts were revised to reflect modern scholarship by Professors David Warren Steel and William J. Reynolds. There is a Rudiments section relevant to modern singers by John Garst. This edition has been very enthusiastically received by the Sacred Harp community as well as by hymnologists. Typographical errors in the initial printings were gradually corrected in subsequent printings. The current printing is the ninth or higher. ISBN 0-9727398-0-7. Order from the Sacred Harp Publishing Co., c/o Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg, 318 Arizona Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. New prices as of early December 2011: The price of one-five books is $20.00 per book plus $5.00 for the first book for shipping via USPS to addresses in the continental U.S. Shipping for additional books after the first (up to four) is $2.75 per book. The price of a case of six books is $120.00 per case plus $15.00 for the first case for shipping including insurance and delivery confirmation. Shipping for additional cases is $12.75 per case. Larger orders must be in multiples of six books. Orders outside the continental U.S. are by special arrangement. One can make inquiries by contacting the ordering team at at the email address Make checks payable to Sacred Harp Publishing Company. Payment by credit card through PayPal is now available.