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Paine Denson and the Sacred Harp

After purchasing the rights to the book from Joseph James, brothers Seaborn and T.J. Denson began revising his 1911 edition of the Sacred Harp.  Though both died before the work was done, T.J.’s son, Paine, shepherded the project to completion in 1936.  The Denson revision, published until 1987, remained popular in West Georgia and was the basis for the last revision of the Sacred Harp in 1991.



Paine Denson


Paine Denson (wearing a bow tie, to the right of the leader) sings in the bass section at a Sacred Harp singing.


Paine Denson worked out arrangements for the 1936 edition of the Sacred Harp in this notebook .


Paine Denson’s handwritten notations for “Wondrous Cross,” 1932.