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[Audio] – Shape Note Singers – “Travelling On” (1959)

Posted in Audio by Soundslike on April 10, 2009

Shape Note Singers – “Travelling On” (1959)

Beautifully recorded in stereo by Alan Lomax in 1959, this Shape Note Choir exemplifies the slightly odd, but undeniably stirring sound of shape note hymns.  Expressively rhythmic for white European-derived music, the four sides of the choir create a roller-coaster ride of canon-like melodies and harmonies.

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