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Rivers of Delight: American Folk Hymns from the Sacred Harp Tradition

Rivers of Delight: American Folk Hymns from the Sacred Harp Tradition cover art
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Track Listing

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1Northfield1:20
2Soar Away3:00
3Cowper1:43
4Evening Shade2:22
5Windham2:02
6White2:11
7Eternal Day2:27
8Sweet Prospect1:57
9North Port2:43
10Greenwich2:20
11Wondrous Love1:40
12Peace and Joy1:56
13Parting Friends2:08
14Weeping Mary1:50
15Alabama1:21
16Milford1:31
17New Jerusalem1:59
18The Better Land1:30
19Kedron1:34
20Idumea2:09
21Morning2:06

About this Album

In Colonial America, traveling singing masters taught part-singing to townsfolk as a community activity that combined sacred and secular values. Concurrent with the rise of these community choirs was the development of Sacred Harp music, invigorating melodic hymns that were widely popular throughout young America. The Word of Mouth Chorus explores this uniquely American repertoire here, with “enthusiastic” performances that are “too arresting to miss” (New York Times).

Credits

MUSICIANS
Word of Mouth Chorus
Larry Gordon, director
Andy Christiansen, Mary Alice Copland, Mark Dannenhauer, Juanita Kyle, Cynthia Ross, treble
Mary Eldridge, Ellie Hayes, Kathy Munson, Joanne Schultz, Anne Zuckerman, alto
Peter Amidon, Heidi Broner, Fred Carlson, Trudi Cohen, Ralph Denzer, tenor
John Bell, Ron Kelly, Steven Light, Larry Gordon, bass
 
PRODUCTION CREDITS
Recorded April and June 1978, St. Monica Church, Barre, Vt.; Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church, Cambridge, Mass.
Engineering: David Griesinger
Mastering: Robert C. Ludwig (Masterdisk Corp.)
Coordinator: Teresa Sterne

Design and art direction: Neil Terk
Cover illustration: Anonymous American artist, Hieroglyphic of a Christian, ink and watercolor on paper (ca. 1850-1875), from the Eleanor and Mabel Van Alstyne American Folk Art Collection, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

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