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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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(p.1) One Onto Sand Mountain, Into Sacred Harp Community
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I Belong to This Band, Hallelujah!
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226109633.003.0001

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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