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Episode #3617

New Approaches to Shape Note Hymns

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

For this New Sounds, listen to music that is rooted in the shape-note singing tradition from the 19th century, with tunes and texts directly taken from Protestant hymnals, and other works originally notated in "shape notes" (square, round, triangular, and diamond-shaped note heads) that enabled non-music reading congregations to sing them. Listen to a brand new duo recording from trumpeter Dave Douglas and pianist Uri Caine, who arranged some of these tunes, and wrote originals inspired by these shape-note hymns, but wordless. Then, from Anonymous 4, listen to vocal renditions of these tunes, where the quartet sings the hymn through in the solfège syllables (do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti) before adding words on the second time around.

Also, hear music from the late composer William Duckworth who reworked these 19th century hymns, in an effort to translate them from church to a concert setting. Plus, music from Sam Amidon and his latest record, "Bright Sunny South," hear the tune "Weeping Mary," which Sam's parents had recorded with the shape-note singing group, the Word of Mouth Chorus, in 1977.

 

PROGRAM #3617   New Approaches to Shape Note Hymns (First aired on 7/15/2014)  

ARTIST(S)

RECORDING

CUT(S)

SOURCE

Word of Mouth Chorus

Rivers of Delight

Weeping Mary (LP Version)
[1:53]

Nonesuch 71360
www.nonesuch.com

Sam Amidon

I see the sign

Kedron [2:57]

Bedroom Community Records HVALUR9
www.bedroomcommunity.net  OR samamidon.bandcamp.com

Dave Douglas & Uri Caine

Present Joys

Supplication [3:03]

Greenleaf Music
music.davedouglas.com
Due out July 22, 2014

Brooklyn Youth Chorus

New Sounds Live @ WFC, Oct 12, 2011

Am I Born to Die [3:03]

This performance not commercially available.
Info about BYC here: www.brooklynyouthchorus.org 

 

Members of the Brooklyn Phil; Alan Pierson conductor/ Brooklyn Youth Chorus (Dianne Berkun, dir.)/ Melissa Hughes, soprano

New Sounds Live @ WFC, Oct 12, 2011

David T Little: Am I Born, excerpt [6:44]

This performance not commercially available.

Info about David T. Little: davidtlittle.com

 

Dave Douglas & Uri Caine

Present Joys

Soar Away [3:58]

See above.

Anonymous 4

American Angels

Crossing: Sweet Prospect (On Jordan's stormy banks I stand) [3:08]

Harmonia Mundi # HMU 907326
www.harmoniamundi.com

The Gregg Smith Singers, chorus; assisted by The Rooke Chapel Choir of Bucknell University

Southern Harmony

William Duckworth: Bozrah [2:03]
Hebrew Children [3:30]

Lovely Music - #2033
www.lovely.com

Anonymous 4

American Angels

Journey: The Morning Trumpet (O when shall I see Jesus) [3:27]

See above.

The Gregg Smith Singers, chorus; assisted by The Rooke Chapel Choir of Bucknell University

Southern Harmony

William Duckworth: Leander [2:49]

See above.

Sam Amidon

Bright Sunny South

Weeping Mary

Nonesuch 530858
www.nonesuch.com

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