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Sound and Spirit; Sacred Harp

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Sound and Spirit
Sacred Harp
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Sound And Spirit is a weekly series of hour-long radio programs exploring the human spirit through music and ideas.The program blends classical, traditional and world musics with myth and history, stories and poetry, and commentary from composers, theologians and writers, to provide insight into various aspects of the human experience. Each week the program explores connections between world cultures and examines different approaches to universal questions.

Program Description

Early Americans sang their own hymns, hymns rising directly from the American spirit, asserting their independence from European rules of harmony and formality. Join Ellen Kushner for shape-note singing from the Sacred Harp and other collections of American mountain folk hymns, and for concert music from American composers inspired by this rough and ready American hymnody.

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Chicago: “Sound and Spirit; Sacred Harp,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 22, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/A_9CE2D267298343E2A21ABFD78CF5E3A2.
MLA: “Sound and Spirit; Sacred Harp.” WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 22, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/A_9CE2D267298343E2A21ABFD78CF5E3A2>.
APA: Sound and Spirit; Sacred Harp. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/A_9CE2D267298343E2A21ABFD78CF5E3A2
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