Songs Before Unknown: a Companion to The Sacred Harp, Revised Cooper Edition, 2012 By R. L. Vaughn, Mt. Enterprise, TX: Waymark Publications, 2015, 330 pages. ISBN 978-0-69252-247-9. $15.00
Songs Before Unknown is a reference work, designed as a companion to the latest book produced by the Sacred Harp Book Company -- The Sacred Harp, Revised Cooper Edition, 2012. The second chapter includes a biography of W. M. Cooper, early history of revision of The Sacred Harp commonly known as “the Cooper Book,” an overview of the course of its publication, and a brief history of the Sacred Harp Book Company. Chapter three is comprised of biographical sketches of all the composers with songs in the 2012 edition. Chapter four lists each song in the book by page order, with the author of the hymn and composer of the tune, if known. Seven appendices add supporting and peripheral information. [Note: this book does not include biographical sketches of composers already found in The Makers of The Sacred Harp by Warren Steel, unless we have new information on them.] It is scheduled to be available by December 2015.
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"Songs Before Unknown fills an important gap in the historiography of The Sacred Harp. Serving as a companion to the revised Cooper editions from 1902 to 2012, Vaughn’s study offers biographical studies of W. M. Cooper and other composers and arrangers of songs in those editions, as well as a history of the Sacred Harp Book Company and its predecessors. It represents the latest research on the sources of the words and music of every song in the book. Every Cooper book singer, as well as many other singers, will want to own a copy, for its valuable perspective on the multifaceted phenomenon of Sacred Harp singing." -- Warren Steel, Professor of Music Emeritus, University of Mississippi; author of The Makers of The Sacred Harp