Listening versus Singing
Shape Note music is definitely for singing. While we try to capture the essence in
these recordings, we have to admit that it is frankly impossible. Only being present
in a room full of singers, singing sincerely but with a determination and full-bodied
sound, can do justice to the music and the tradition. That said, below are recordings
of several memorable singings, and a faithful introduction to this music.
Songs from The Missouri Harmony CD
This compact disk recording was made in 1994, by members of St. Louis
Shape Note Singers under the direction of Kathleen Thro to demonstrate the
wonderful songs of
The Missouri Harmony.
Note that this is not a "live"
recording, although it was recorded in the Des Peres Old Meeting House (built in 1834).
If you are looking for the driving force of a convention, then either
Glory in My Soul or More Songs from the Missouri Harmony may be your
preference. However, it has a clear sound and is an excellent presentation of each part,
particularly the dissonances that are a distinctive part of the Missouri Harmony sound.
Glory in My Soul CD
Rejoice with singers from the 1998 Missouri singing convention in a lovely
country church near Marthasville, Missouri. This was the first time the
Missouri singing had been blessed with "the bus". Singers from
Alabama and Georgia charter a bus and travel to an out-of-state convention.
When they arrive, they bring the power of their voices as well as the
joy of their fellowship. We were delighted at the result, and the power
and energy it has captures.
More Songs from The Missouri Harmony - 2005 Edition
Recorded at the 2010 Missouri Convention, this recording contains 37 tunes
from the 2005 edition not found on the previous 2 CDs,
sung by a wonderful class of singers, including many from Virginia, Pennsylvania
and a great crowd of Southern and Midwestern singers.