Traveling Home: Sacred Harp Singing and American Pluralism by Kiri Miller (Paperback, 2010)
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- DescriptionA compelling account of contemporary Sacred Harp singing, Traveling Home describes how this vibrant musical tradition brings together Americans of widely divergent religious and political beliefs. Named after the most popular of the nineteenth-century shape-te tunebooks--which employed an invative tation system to teach singers to read music--Sacred Harp singing has been part of rural Southern life for more than 150 years. In the wake of the folk revival of the 1950s and '60s, this participatory musical tradition attracted new singers from all over America. All-day singings from The Sacred Harp w take place across the country, creating a diverse and far-flung musical community. Meanwhile, the advent of internet discussion boards and increasing circulation of singer-produced recordings have changed the nature of traditional transmission and sharpened debates about Sacred Harp as an authentic form of southern musical expression. Blending historical scholarship with wide-ranging fieldwork, Kiri Miller presents an engagingly written study of a musical movement that some have christened a quintessential expression of American democracy.
- Author BiographyKiri Miller is an assistant professor of music at Brown University and the editor of The Chattahoochee Musical Convention, 1852-2002: A Sacred Harp Historical Sourcebook.
- Author(s)Kiri Miller
- PublisherUniversity of Illinois Press
- Date of Publication21/06/2010
- SubjectMusic & Dance
- Series TitleMusic in American Life
- Place of PublicationBaltimore
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Illinois Press
- Content Note24 black and white photographs, 14 musical examples
- Width3887 mm
- Height5817 mm
- Spine20 mm
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