| The Big
Singing of Benton, Kentucky
CD-Big Singing Anthology
- The Big Singing of Benton Kentucky
- AN ANTHOLOGY
This CD is an anthology of Southern
Harmony performances from the Big Singing of Benton, Kentucky, 1966 - 1992 prepared
to accompany the fifth edition of William Walker's Southern Harmony,
as published in Lexington, Kentucky, by The University Press of Kentucky, 1993.
- The singing of Southern Harmony
is unique to Benton, Kentucky, where reproductions of the 1854 edition of the fasola tunebook
are still used. Authored by William Walker, the four-note system was designed to simplify
music reading for his "singing school" students. Each note is characterized by a
distinctive geometric shape; each song is sung through first "by the note," then
"by the line."
- Other attempts were made to employ shaped
notes as an aid to teaching music; other tunebooks were published using this and similar
systems, but none other has retained the purity of the Southern Harmony.
- Dr. Glenn C. Wilcox, now deceased, but
past dean of Early American Music gives a thorough discussion of the Big Singing in his Introduction to the fourth edition of Southern
2003 Big Singing in Benton, Kentucky
Complete. Includes all singing and comments from various leaders.
Big Singing performances were recorded annually from 1990-1997 and are available in 2
CD albums and attractive 2 cassette vinyl albums for each year.
Recording commenced again in 2003 and is available as a 3 CD album (same
packaging as used by DVD manufacturers and rental firms) that includes comments
and banter from the morning and afternoon singing. Cassettes are not available.
An index is
available showing which tunes have been recorded and the year(s) it was recorded. You can
view the index by the Southern Harmony tune name or
page number .
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