Monday, August 03, 2009

Sacred Harp data

A collection by Will Fitzgerald of various Sacred Harp essays and data including, the Popularity of tune choices in the 1991 (Denson) Edition of The Sacred Harp in 2005, 2004, and 2002; Frequency of Time signatures used in the Denson book; Time signatures used in the Cooper book; and Tom Malone on Beating Time.

Interesting stuff. For example, in 2005 two old tunes by New England composers that were added back to the Denson book in 1991 -- China and Kingwood -- are among the most and least favored. At singings recorded in the minutes, China was led 82 times and Kingwood was led 3 times.

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