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American Harmony: Inspired Choral Miniatures from New England, Appalachia, the Mid-Atlantic, the South, and the Midwest Edited by Nym Cooke. Boston: David R. Godine, 2017.
Published online by Cambridge University Press: 11 April 2022
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- Copyright © The Author(s), 2022. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the Society for American Music
1 Other recent shape-note compilations include: Dakan, Myles Louis et al. , eds., The Shenandoah Harmony: A Collection of Shape-Note Tunes, Ancient and Modern, for Singing Groups Large or Small (Boyce, VA: Shenandoah Harmony Publishing Company, 2012)Google Scholar; Gordon, Larry and Barrand, Anthony G., eds., Northern Harmony: Plain Tunes, Fuging Tunes and Anthems from the Early and Contemporary New England Singing Traditions, 5th edition (Marshfield, VT: Northern Harmony Publishing Company, 2012)Google Scholar; Marini, Stephen A. et al. , eds., The Norumbega Harmony: Historic and Contemporary Hymn Tunes and Anthems from the New England Singing School Tradition (Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2003)Google Scholar. Cooke's anthology also joins recent editions of historical shape-note tunebooks still in use, including Lee, Johnny and Willard, Karen, eds., The Sacred Harp: Revised Cooper Edition (Samson, AL: Sacred Harp Book Company, 2012)Google Scholar; Hollingsworth, John et al. , eds., The Christian Harmony (Bishop, GA: Christian Harmony Music Company, 2010)Google Scholar.
2 Jackson, Judge, ed., The Colored Sacred Harp (Ozark, AL: Judge Jackson, 1934)Google Scholar; Parris, O. A., ed., Christian Harmony: Book One (Birmingham, AL: Christian Harmony Publishing Company, 1954)Google Scholar; Deason, John, Parris, O. A., and Walker, William, eds., The Christian Harmony (Birmingham, AL: Christian Harmony Publishing Company, 1958)Google Scholar; Cooper, W. M., ed., The Sacred Harp (Cincinnati, OH: W. M. Cooper, 1902)Google Scholar; White, J. L., The Sacred Harp, Fourth Edition with Supplement (Atlanta, GA, 1911)Google Scholar; Whitten, A. N., ed., Harp of Ages: Containing a Special Collection of Sacred Songs Adapted for Use in Singing Schools, Singing Conventions and in the Church and Home (Dublin, TX: A. N. Whitten, 1925)Google Scholar; Kitchens, J. E., ed., Songs of Zion (Jasper, AL: J. E. Kitchens, 1959)Google Scholar.
4 The Shenandoah Harmony, revised Cooper edition of The Sacred Harp, and seven-note Christian Harmony have found even wider adoption among shape-note singers. Most popular of all is McGraw, Hugh et al. , eds., The Sacred Harp: 1991 Edition (Carrollton, GA: Sacred Harp Publishing Company, 1991)Google Scholar.
5 Crawford, Richard, ed., The Core Repertory of Early American Psalmody (Middleton, WI: A-R Editions, 1984)Google Scholar.