Inclusivity

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The Shenandoah Harmony Publishing Company and the co-authors of The Shenandoah Harmony are committed to building a welcoming and affirming shape note singing community. Currently, there is a much needed discussion about racial and gender inclusion in singing and we feel compelled to address this. Read more

Barring It All, Part 1

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Thanks to some perceptive comments on fasola-songwriters and elsewhere, I'm going to revisit my previous post on rhythm and meter.  Two comments that intrigued me were Leah Velleman's idea that there might be a generative theory of rhythm that…

Meter, Rhythm, and the Most Awkward Farewell

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Here's a sequel to my previous post on tune families.  After reading Charles Seeger's article ''Versions and variants of the tunes of 'Barbara Allen,'" I was intrigued by the idea of adding rhythm to my analysis of tune families.  In this…

Thoughts on Tune Families

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In many early American churches---and some churches today---congregational singing consisted of either a preacher lining out a melody, with the congregation responding, or a cappella singing using words-only hymnals.  In either case, most…

In Bethlehem City Christmas CD

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We had a wonderful weekend at the Lehigh Valley All-Day Shenandoah Singing!  Not surprisingly, a lot of the Christmas songs in our book---in fact, almost all of them---were sung at some point during the weekend.  I've put together a Christmas…

Suffering Savior (p. 344t)

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This was my response to a post by Matt Bell on the fasola-discussions list, but it deserves its own place here... The arrangement of SUFFERING SAVIOR that's in William Hauser's Hesperian Harp is one of my favorite songs.  It's in the…

200 Years of Bourbon

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One of the joys---and sometimes frustrations---of choosing songs for The Shenandoah Harmony   was the often overwhelming number of different shape-note arrangements available for the same song.  BOURBON (13t), which has been in print since…

Friendship (to every willing mind)

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221b FRIENDSHIP is one of the few folk melodies in A Supplement to the Kentucky Harmony that has a well known, secular source---it was written by George Frederick Handel for his 1736 opera Atalanta.  Sometime in the sixty years after its…

Four ``Irish'' Tenors

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Here are four favorite melodies I find myself coming back to time and again...  All four were published by Ananias Davisson in the Shenandoah Valley.  They're all minor and seem, at least to me, similar to a lot of Irish tunes I heard growing…

Past Events

RICHMOND VA - JAMES RIVER ALL-DAY SINGING - SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Both The Sacred Harp, 1991 edition and The Shenandoah Harmony;  10 to 4 pm; St. John's Episcopal Church, 2401 E Broad St., Richmond, VA 23223; contact leyland.delre[at]gmail.com MORE... BOSTON,…

Shenandoah sampler discs

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We've had numerous requests to make some sampler CDs for folks who want to get started with the book.  All these tracks are also available for free download on our web site.  They're rough "field recordings" of various singings and only…