Sacred Harp and Related Shape-Note Music: Resources

Compilation and commentary by Steven L. Sabol
(Washington, D.C. Sacred Harp Singers)

with help from many singers

Updated January 31, 2014

[partial score of CLAMANDA from 1859 Sacred Harp]

Contents:

  1. Tunebooks, Music Books, and Hymnals
  2. Books and Booklets about Shape-Note Music
  3. Singing Schedules, Newsletters, and Websites of Regional Groups
  4. Internet Resources (not listed elsewhere)
  5. Recent Recordings of Traditional Singings
  6. Recent Recordings by Performing Groups
  7. Older Recordings (Pre-1977) Reissued on CDs
  8. Recordings with a Few Shape-Note Tunes or Arrangements
  9. Video Resources
  10. Singing Schools and Camps
  11. Maps of Singing Locations
  12. Resources for Shape-Note Composers and Publishers
  13. Lined-Out Hymnody and Psalmody
  14. English West Gallery Music
  15. Museum and Foundations
  16. The Hymn Society

[NEW] indicates resources added since December 3, 2012.

Compiler's Note: This guide is intended to promote interest in and knowledge about the singing of early American religious choral music published in oblong tunebooks printed (for the most part) in shaped notes. This guide focuses on music stylistically related to that in The Sacred Harp tunebooks but not on shape-note gospel music. For more information on Sacred Harp singing, consult the Sacred Harp Singing website and the Fasola.org website. Because this activity attracts many highly motivated amateur musicians, this guide strives to be a compilation of all available serious resources by amateurs as well as professionals, excluding dissertations and most journal articles (which are covered in an online bibliography by John Bealle (see chapter 4). It has little or no critical review of amateur productions but does have occasional critical comments on commercial recordings by professional ensembles. This guide may be freely photocopied and distributed as long as the source is acknowledged.

Before ordering items by mail you should contact the supplier (or check their Web page) to confirm the availability, price, and (frequently rising) shipping charges. While the compiler seeks to update this guide at least once a year, he cannot check the accuracy of all of the information for each update.

Please report to the compiler (at sabol@his.com) information to be added, deleted, or corrected. Your input is needed for this guide to be accurate and complete!

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The development/test site for this guide is http://www.his.com/sabol/resource/. Incremental revising will take place at this site, so occasionally it may have more up-to-date information than that on the official site at http://www.mcsr.olemiss.edu/~mudws/resource/, which is usually updated as a single unit 1-2 times a year as needed.

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