The Musical Magpie: Early American Sacred Music

The Musical Magpie

Today, Otenth Paderborn’s month­ly pro­gram of world, folk, and roots music will give you a taste of ear­ly Amer­i­can sacred music, includ­ing Shak­er songs and folk hymns, with most of the pro­gram com­pris­ing Sacred Harp, also known as Shapenote singing.

Sacred Harp refers to the human voice, and is the title of a tune book first pub­lished in 1844. Shapenote refers to the sys­tem of apply­ing four shapes to the note heads for assis­tance in sight-read­ing. In com­mon with its singing-school ori­gins, Sacred Harp tunes are sung with a solfege (fa-so-la) sys­tem. The tunes are tra­di­tion­al­ly sung a capel­la by all present, seat­ed in an hol­low square with each part on a side, rather than being per­formed. Today’s pro­gram will include both archival field record­ings and mod­ern per­for­mances.

Lis­ten on Radio Riel Main or Volksmusik (sor­ry, no lis­ten­ing par­ty today!).

Tune in to Radio Riel month­ly on the sec­ond Sun­day of the month from 12:30–2:00 pm Pacif­ic or Sec­ond Life time for The Musi­cal Mag­pie.


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