Recording of the Pleasant Grove Mid-Union Seven Shape Note Singing Convention

Date: May 11, 1980

Source: S1576 , T83-87

Type: Sound

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  • One reel to reel recording. Shaped Note singing was an a capella style of church music that utilized shapes to represent notes (fa-so-la-mi) for untrained and even illiterate church members. Only four notes were used in the hymns. An old Anglican practice, English colonists first brought the tradition over to North American in the 1600s. These are field recordings from the Florida Record Project. That project, along with work for the North Florida Project, resulted in the two-album recording, Drop On Down in Florida.

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