Just how old are the songs of that "Old-Time Religion"? The hymns and gospel songs selected here represent many variations in poetry, in music, and even in Christian belief, for they are a sampling of many generations of church singing. After all, our heritage of religious music is actually the product of thousands of years. It had its beginnings in the days when the psalmist instructed the children of Israel to "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord," and since then every great religious movement has expressed itself in song. The songs here have been arranged in an order which reflects an ancient and universal Christian concept - the pilgrimage through life with the hope of someday reaching the Promised Land. All of the hymns have been arranged for guitar and also printed in shaped notes. The shaped-note system of musical notation represents an important part of the development of American church singing. It was popular in the early singing schools of New England, and later itinerant music teachers traveled to the West and South, teaching singers to read music by the shape of each note rather than by its position on the staff. This method is still widely used in some areas, making the book more useful and enjoyable to a great many more people. Eleanor Dickinson's line drawings and the brief comments at the beginning of each section bring added interest and meaning to the songs themselves.
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Book Description Harper & Row, 1975. Plastic Comb. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 60619228
Book Description Harper & Row, 1975. Plastic Comb. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0060619228