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Emory University (Atlanta, GA 30322-1018)
Jesse P. Karlsberg (Project Director: December 2017 to present)
Allen E. Tullos (Co Project Director: January 2018 to present)
Sounding Spirit: Scholarly Editions of Southern Sacred Music, 1851–1911

Preparation of print and digital editions of five volumes of American Protestant music from several traditions, including gospel, spirituals, lined-out hymn singing, and shape-note music. (36 months)

“Sounding Spirit: Scholarly Editions of Southern Sacred Music, 1851–1911” will make available connected open access digital editions and print volumes of five widely influential but currently inaccessible books of Protestant music, including gospel (Class, Choir, and Congregation; Soul Echoes, No. 2), spirituals (Jubilee Songs), shape-note music (Original Sacred Harp), and lined-out hymn singing (Nakcokv Esyvhiketv). The intermingling of black, white, and Native American populations in the southern United States dispersed the music presented in these songbooks across the country. In critical editions richly annotated with text and multimedia, joined with in-depth introductions, and published by the University of North Carolina Press, the “Sounding Spirit” series offers scholars of history, musicology, folklore, regional studies, and religious studies access to key texts and appeals to a general audience, including contemporary populations engaged in sacred music making.

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Project fields:
American Studies; Folklore and Folklife; Music History and Criticism

Scholarly Editions and Translations

Research Programs

$260,000 (approved)
$260,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/2018 – 5/31/2023