2012 Cooper Sacred Harp

The Sacred Harp, Revised Cooper Edition debuted December 1, 2012 at the Florida State singing convention, in Panama City. This version of The Sacred Harp has gone through many changes since Wilson Marion Cooper first launched it in 1902. It was the first of what were to be three descendants of the book that had been first published in 1844 under the editorship of Benjamin Franklin White and Elisha James King. Today all three descendants of the White-King Sacred Harp have singings dedicated to using them, and Sacred Harp singers often make no distinction over which singing they will travel to attend. Indeed there are singings which use more than one tunebook during the event.

As is nearly always the case with human endeavors, this 2012 edition is not error-free. A list of errors important to singers and users of the book can be found here.

If you'd like to see what songs folks are choosing to lead, a dynamic list of the singings for which minutes are available and the minutes themselves is available here, as well as a link to song popularity lists.


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