sacred harp

4:36pm

Wed July 17, 2013
Arts & Culture

Sacred Harp: the punk rock of choral music

Courtesy of Dan Harper

Sacred harp singing is considered to be one of the oldest forms of American folk music.  It dates back to the 1700s, to a choral style that developed in the churches of colonial New England, but eventually took root in the rural south. It’s a participatory tradition, which means that singers perform for themselves, not for an audience. Today, Sacred harp is experiencing something of a renaissance, some even characterize it as the punk rock of choral music.

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