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I Belong to This Band, Hallelujah!Community, Spirituality, and Tradition among Sacred Harp Singers$
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Laura Clawson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226109589

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226109633.001.0001

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Onto Sand Mountain, Into Sacred Harp Community

Onto Sand Mountain, Into Sacred Harp Community

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I Belong to This Band, Hallelujah!
University of Chicago Press

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

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