Sacred Harp
by Gary Breitbard

Sacred Harp singing dates back to the early days of our nation. Words were taken from biblical sources and 18-th century English hymn writers; the melodies and arrangements were created by itinerant Singing Masters in the Northeast who taught them to the enthusiastic but musically illiterate congregations. The music is sung a capella in 4 voices seated around a "hollow square" with each voice carrying its own melodic line. Singers and non-singers alike are welcome to join in and be carried in the wave of this primitive and powerful music.


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