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The (Sacred) Harp That Once...

MartinRyan 23 Oct 11 - 06:01 AM
Mo the caller 23 Oct 11 - 06:37 AM
MartinRyan 23 Oct 11 - 06:51 AM
Dunkle 23 Oct 11 - 11:53 AM
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Subject: The (Sacred) Harp That Once...
From: MartinRyan
Date: 23 Oct 11 - 06:01 AM

Had my first experience of Sacred Harp yesterday, sitting in for an hour or so at a sing-in in Cork (Ireland), winging it among the bass section. Enjoyed it a lot but am not sure of my overall reaction to the whole package. I see some older threads on Mudcat about the genre - any current comments?

Regards

p.s. The Irish speakers among us may be interested in THIS


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Subject: RE: The (Sacred) Harp That Once...
From: Mo the caller
Date: 23 Oct 11 - 06:37 AM

What was it about the 'package' that you are not sure of?
Are we back to the 'singing songs you don't agree with' thread?


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Subject: RE: The (Sacred) Harp That Once...
From: MartinRyan
Date: 23 Oct 11 - 06:51 AM

Hi Mo.

No - not at all! The texts seem largely biblical in origin - something with which I have no quarrel. I think what's nagging at me is the rather 'mechanical' approach to time and stress I sensed. Much of the harmony and polyphony, on the other hand, I enjoyed hugely.

As I said, I enjoyed the experience - and will certainly take another opportunity if it arises. I'm just curious about how this particular genre is viewed by this particular community, I suppose.

Regards


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Subject: RE: The (Sacred) Harp That Once...
From: Dunkle
Date: 23 Oct 11 - 11:53 AM

For me it's terrific fun, and I try to participate every time I get a chance! I enjoy the music, the fellowship - everything about it.


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