The Sacred Harp (Various)

Collaborative Work
This work was co-authored by Benjamin Franklin White and Elisha J. King.

Sheet Music


1860 Edition

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Editor Improved and Enlarged edition
Benjamin Franklin White, and others.
Publisher. Info. Philadelphia: S. C. Collins, 1860.
Misc. Notes Low-quality colour scan. Some pages are in the wrong order - this seems to have occurred in creating the PDF.
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1911 James Edition "Original Sacred Harp"

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Editor Joseph Stephen James (1849-1931) (and others in the editing committee)
Publisher. Info. Atlanta: J.S. James, 1911, 1921 reprint.
Misc. Notes This edition of the Sacred Harp was the fore-runner of the 1936 Denson edition (the direct ancestor of the current 1991 edition). It is famous for its "cheese notes" (see notes to song No.82, top, for explanation), some of which contain errors (for example attributions to Chopin rather than Chapin, and Sir John Stevenson rather than Joseph Stephenson of Poole)
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General Information

Work Title The Sacred Harp
Alternative. Title The Sacred Harp; A Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes, Ode and Anthems
Composer Various
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. None [force assignment]
First Publication. 1844
Librettist Various
Language English
Piece Style Classical
Instrumentation 3 voices; 4 voices
External Links Wikipedia article
Sacred Harp and Shapenote Singing (
List of singings (mainly USA)
Statistics of song usage 1995-2012 (1991 Denson edition)
Sacred Harp singing (Warren Steel)
Recordings of (almost) all songs in the Sacred Harp
The Makers of The Sacred Harp (paperback), (hardcover)
Extra Information Publication History