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The Makers of the Sacred Harp David Warren Steel with Richard H. Hulan (review)

The Makers of the Sacred Harp David Warren Steel with Richard H. Hulan (review) BOOK REVIEWS The Makers of the Sacred Harp. By David Warren Steel with Richard H. Hulan. Music in American Life series. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-252-03567-8 (Cloth), 978-0-252-07760-9 (Paper). Pp. xv, 4 figures, 10 plates, 321. $70/$25. David Warren Steel and Richard H. Hulan’s The Makers of the Sacred Harp com- prises a four-part, fourteen-chapter reference source replete with notes, biblio- graphy, index, figures, and plates that will be welcome by all parties interested in shape-note music in its many manifestations. While based in solid scholarship, one particular strength of this work is its straightforward language that makes it accessible even to those without a great deal of technical musical knowledge. Part 1, “The Book,” consists of eight chapters focused upon the musical and cultural milieu in which The Sacred Harp was compiled. Chapter 1 examines the conflict between brothers-in-law William Walker ( Southern Harmony, 1835) and Benjamin White (The Sacred Harp, 1844) and categorizes the types of music found in Walker ’s original volume, reminding us that tunebooks are compila- tions of variants, borrowings, and original tunes. Chapter 2, “The Chattahoochee Valley,” considers the southwestward migration into newly opened lands in Georgia by white settlers http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Music University of Illinois Press

The Makers of the Sacred Harp David Warren Steel with Richard H. Hulan (review)

American Music , Volume 30 (4) – Aug 4, 2013

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BOOK REVIEWS The Makers of the Sacred Harp. By David Warren Steel with Richard H. Hulan. Music in American Life series. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-252-03567-8 (Cloth), 978-0-252-07760-9 (Paper). Pp. xv, 4 figures, 10 plates, 321. $70/$25. David Warren Steel and Richard H. Hulan’s The Makers of the Sacred Harp com- prises a four-part, fourteen-chapter reference source replete with notes, biblio- graphy, index, figures, and plates that will be welcome by all parties interested in shape-note music in its many manifestations. While based in solid scholarship, one particular strength of this work is its straightforward language that makes it accessible even to those without a great deal of technical musical knowledge. Part 1, “The Book,” consists of eight chapters focused upon the musical and cultural milieu in which The Sacred Harp was compiled. Chapter 1 examines the conflict between brothers-in-law William Walker ( Southern Harmony, 1835) and Benjamin White (The Sacred Harp, 1844) and categorizes the types of music found in Walker ’s original volume, reminding us that tunebooks are compila- tions of variants, borrowings, and original tunes. Chapter 2, “The Chattahoochee Valley,” considers the southwestward migration into newly opened lands in Georgia by white settlers

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American MusicUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Aug 4, 2013

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