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A Shaker musical legacy /
[compiled and with commentary by] Robert C. Opdahl and Viola E. Woodruff Opdahl.
imprint
Hanover [N.H.] : University Press of New England, c2004.
description
302 p. of music : ill. ; 28 cm.
ISBN
1584653604
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imprint
Hanover [N.H.] : University Press of New England, c2004.
isbn
1584653604
general note
Introduction, notes on transcribing and editing, and facsimiles of selected songs precede score.
Unacc. melodies, in part with chord symbols, transcribed and edited from manuscripts; grouped by manuscript, each group preceded by commentary.
catalogue key
5201386
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 295-298) and indexes.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Robert C. Opdahl spent several summers at the Shaker Village Work Camp in New Lebanon, New York, as a key staff member creating and conducting workshops on Shaker music as well as transcribing songs from the manuscripts. Toward the end of his experience, and while completing studies at Hofstra University, he met with folk singer Frank Warner who heartily supported the transcription project Viola E. Woodruff Opdahl taught history in New Lebanon, New York, where she had the opportunity to learn about the nearby New Lebanon and Hancock Shaker communities. Viola has written for the New-York Historical Society and the New York State Education Department, and she was a college social studies supervisor for SUNY at New Paltz. The authors have been studying Shaker music and collecting original songs and dance materials of the Shakers for more than forty years
Reviews
Review Quotes
"Learning about the Shakers' history and development by way of their music has just been made easier and more fascinating."--The Journal, Shaker Historical Society
"Learning about the Shakers' history and development by way of their music has just been made easier and more fascinating."ÑThe Journal, Shaker Historical Society
"[Outstanding . . . a magnificent volume."--Catholic Observer (Springfield, MA)
"[O]utstanding . . . a magnificent volume."ÑCatholic Observer (Springfield, MA)
"The Shakers had between 4000 and 6000 members at the height of its popularity in the 19th century. Today, the sect is nearly extinct, and researchers like the Opdahls are eager to preserve its musical legacy of nearly 10,000 songs and dance tunes . . . [the Opdahls] add songs to the repertory."--Library Journal
"The Shakers had between 4000 and 6000 members at the height of its popularity in the 19th century. Today, the sect is nearly extinct, and researchers like the Opdahls are eager to preserve its musical legacy of nearly 10,000 songs and dance tunes . . . [the Opdahls] add songs to the repertory."ÑLibrary Journal
"An unusual, original volume. It certainly will become one of the most useful treatments of Shaker music ever published."
"An unusual, original volume. It certainly will become one of the most useful treatments of Shaker music ever published." -- David Starbuck, author of Neither Plain Nor Simple: New Perspectives on the Canterbury Shakers (UPNE, 2003)
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
This collection of Shaker songs and dances introduces the work of Brother Ricardo Belden, the last male member of the Hancock Shakers, and the songs he gave to Jerry and Sybil Count, the first directors of the Shaker Village Camp.
Main Description
This fascinating book brings more than one hundred previously unpublished Shaker songs to the attention of scholars, performers, and aficionados of folk music. A Shaker Musical Legacy introduces Shaker songs and dances that Brother Ricardo Belden, the last male member of the Hancock Shakers, gave in original manuscript form to Jerry and Sybil Count, the first directors of the Shaker Village Camp. The Opdahls have selected from and transcribed this music and included dance directions to honor Brother Ricardo's hope that doing so would keep alive a part of the Shaker heritage. The songs are transcribed as modern musical scores for use by contemporary musicians and singers. Many examples are also shown in their original Shaker musical notation. Step-by-step instructions show how to perform the dances as the Shakers themselves danced them. Explanatory notes introduce each of nine musical sections.
Table of Contents
Illustrationsp. xi
Forewordp. xiii
Prefacep. xvii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
Introduction: The Shakersp. xxiii
Notes on Transcribing and Editing: Process and Rationalep. xxvii
Facsimiles of Selected Songsp. xxxi
O how I do love good Believersp. xxxii
O Come each lovely Child of gracep. xxxiii
I love God's wayp. xxxiv
"Round Dance"p. xxxv
Like a little busy beep. xxxvi
"The Saviour's Universal Prayer"p. xxxvii
"Bonny Wee One"p. xxxviii
In de shiny Muder's mansionp. xxxix
Earthly pleasures I will leavep. xl
We are all coming homep. xli
Trust in the Lordp. xlii
Sowing the seed of the Springtimep. xliii
We're happy and freep. xliv
We are strong in the Lordp. xlv
Hark! The merry Bells are ringingp. xlvi
(Lodle lo lodle lodle lo)p. xlvii
I will praise the Lordp. xlviii
My soul loves to walkp. xlix
I love to commune with the angelsp. l
Behold what wonders now we seep. li
Manuscript A: "A Collection of Verses"p. 1
O how I do love good Believersp. 6
I have a little Love!p. 8
O Come each lovely Child of gracep. 10
Let music sound and echo 'roundp. 12
I'm looking 'round about to seep. 14
I am determined to be freep. 16
Come let us all now be alivep. 18
I will labor to be freep. 20
I love God's wayp. 22
I will be free, I'll not be boundp. 24
Lovely souls march alongp. 26
"March" (Lo lo lo lo)p. 28
In this new and living wayp. 30
May we now in pure devotionp. 32
Come let us play and skip aroundp. 34
O freedom, lovely in my eyesp. 36
O Lord, do remember my soulp. 38
"Gifts of the Spirit"p. 40
Farewell unto this worldp. 42
"The Happiness of Being Good"p. 44
"Little Big I"p. 46
"Love and Peace"p. 48
"Happy Band"p. 50
"Sweet Communion"p. 52
"Round Dance" (There's nothing ...)p. 54
Shout, shout, shout and singp. 56
Shout, shout, ye little childrenp. 58
Simple and freep. 60
"Heavenly Stream"p. 62
"A Laughing Song"p. 64
I have a little trumpetp. 66
Drink ye of Mother's winep. 68
Little childrenp. 70
Like a little busy beep. 72
Manuscript B: "A Communication from the Saviour"p. 74
"The Saviour's Universal Prayer"p. 78
And again, O Heavenly Fatherp. 80
Manuscript C: "Behold I Come Quickly and My Promise Is Sure"p. 82
Shake and shuffle out of pridep. 84
(Lodle lo lodle lodle lodle lo)p. 86
"Sweet Union"p. 88
"Round Dance" (Now be limber)p. 90
"Little Dove"p. 92
"Hear Mother Calling"p. 94
I'll bow and I'll bendp. 96
Little children, gather lovep. 98
"March" (Ve vo vive vana)p. 100
"Bonny Wee One"p. 102
In de shiny Muder's mansionp. 104
Who will bow and bend like a willowp. 106
I feel the gentle breezes blowp. 108
Let the people be gladp. 110
Earthly pleasures I will leavep. 112
We are all coming homep. 114
"Bright Harpers"p. 116
"Sweet Afton"p. 118
Manuscript D: "I Feel a Sweet Influence upon Us"p. 120
I feel a sweet influencep. 122
Trust in the Lordp. 124
Sowing the seed of the Springtimep. 126
We're happy and freep. 128
Up with the Angelsp. 130
Come, come, the way is op'ningp. 132
O what will the harvest bep. 134
I am loved as I lovep. 136
We are strong in the Lordp. 138
With my own hand I will shakep. 140
Hark! The merry Bells are ringingp. 142
I seek not the worldp. 144
'Tis the gift to be simplep. 146
The heavens are openp. 148
I've got a very delicious crumbp. 150
Manuscript E: "Peaceful Habitation"p. 152
"Shuffling Tune"p. 154
Life, life, libertyp. 156
"Love"p. 158
(Lodle lo lodle lodle lo)p. 160
Arise, O Zionp. 162
I'll drink at no fountainp. 164
From the Valley to the Mountp. 166
Come, tune up your notes of praisep. 168
We'll raise, raise the banner highp. 170
From the scenes of earth I gop. 172
Wither, O whither on earth can I roamp. 174
I hear the voice of an angel bandp. 176
Our love never endingp. 178
Manuscript F: "Tho Life's Morn Rose Bright and Cloudless"p. 180
Tho life's morn rose bright and cloudlessp. 182
The stars will not fadep. 184
Whence comes the hopep. 186
Life, life, living zealp. 188
With joy we chantp. 190
I will praise the Lordp. 192
The world I've forsakenp. 194
Above the enchanting allurementsp. 196
I see a light, and angels brightp. 198
In life's early morningp. 200
Tho wordly elements combinep. 202
Gird on the heav'nly armorp. 204
O thou, my soul, arise and singp. 206
To the realms of peace and lovep. 208
Come arise, be of good cheerp. 210
Not one sparrow is forgottenp. 212
I cannot serve the living Godp. 214
My soul loves to walkp. 216
When I come to worship theep. 218
To the land of the blestp. 220
Send, O Lord, thy holy powerp. 222
Ever changing, ever aimingp. 224
Come to Zionp. 226
Mov'd by the spirit of the Lordp. 228
No half-way workp. 230
Manuscript G: "Listen O Listen to Our Humble Prayer"p. 232
Oh come, ye needy onesp. 234
Love me, bless me, holy angelsp. 236
"I'm glad I am a Shaker"p. 238
I love to commune with the angelsp. 240
Manuscript H: "We'll Broaden Our Circle and Let in the Angels"p. 242
Behold what wonders now we seep. 244
O earth's fleeting joysp. 246
Oh come walk with mep. 248
Songs of victoryp. 250
Oh the river of lifep. 252
Manuscript I: "The Homeland"p. 254
"The Death of Lincoln"p. 256
"Harp Song"p. 258
"Farewell Song"p. 260
"Love from Heaven"p. 262
"Bright Little Gem"p. 264
"Sweet Rest"p. 266
Beyond the Manuscriptsp. 268
"I'm on my way to Zion"p. 269
"Ine Vine Violet"p. 271
"Love, O Love"p. 272
Shaker Hollow Square Dance Instructionsp. 273
"Life, life, living zeal"p. 274
Hollow C March Instructionsp. 275
"Precept on Precept"p. 276
"Simple Gifts": Anecdotesp. 277
"Simple Gifts"p. 278
"Simple Gifts": The Embellishments of Brother Ricardop. 279
Square Order Shuffle Dance Instructionsp. 279
Circle Dance Instructionsp. 280
"Who will bow and bend like a willow"p. 281
Shaker and Community Names in the Song Manuscriptsp. 283
Haskell's Cursive Notationp. 285
A Hancock Shaker Recollectionp. 287
Notesp. 289
Song Notesp. 291
Glossaryp. 293
Works Citedp. 295
Works Consultedp. 297
General Indexp. 299
Song Indexp. 301
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