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Early American Shape-Note Songs
Social Harp
Early American Shape-Note Songs
Genres: Folk, World Music, Jazz, Pop
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All Artists: Social Harp
Title: Early American Shape-Note Songs
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 1
Label: Rounder Select
Release Date: 8/2/1994
Genres: Folk, World Music, Jazz, Pop
Style: Traditional Folk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 011661009424, 011661009417, 011661009448

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Social Harp - in Sacred Harp tradition
M. J. Smith | Seattle, WA USA | 07/07/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The Social Harp music is authenicately American, the same line of tradition that gives us the Sacred Harp. The shaped notes are intended to allow individuals who do not read music to read the Social Harp music. It also allows the individual pitching the music to move the music into the range of the singers rather than using a true pitch. The melody is in the tenor line which is sung by both genders. The music has an open harmony - altos may float above sopranos or below tenors for example. The beat is strictly kept and there is little variation in volume - this is not your standard choral music.This album falls midway between being sung as part of a folk tradition and being sung by a professional performance choir. The result is enjoyable but unlikely to be the album that will sell you on this tradition. If you already love the shaped note tradition, you will thoroughly enjoy this album as an addition to your collection."