Performance Practice of Sacred Harp Music - The Raised Sixth in Minor Tunes - Editorial Practice

Editorial Practice

Occasionally individual Sacred Harp composers have notated the raised sixth, though toleration of this practice seems to vary. In the 1911 ("James") edition, Geo. B. Daniel rewrote J. T. White's song "Jordan Shore," adding sharp signs to express the raised sixths, apparently reflecting (Cobb, p. 34) the way it was actually sung. This version appeared in 1936 Denson edition, but in the 1966 edition the sharp signs were removed. The song "Wood Street," by the contemporary singer Judy Hauff, was printed in the Denson 1991 revision; it consistently uses natural signs to specify the raised sixth.

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