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Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others

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ISBN13: 9781616200411
ISBN10: 1616200413
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For Stacy Horn, regardless of what is going on in the world or her life, singing in an amateur choir--the Choral Society of Grace Church in New York--never fails to take her to a place where hope reigns and everything good is possible. She's not particularly religious, and her voice is not exceptional (so she says), but like the 32.5 million other chorus members throughout this country, singing makes her happy. Horn brings us along as she sings some of the greatest music humanity has ever produced, delves into the dramatic stories of conductors and composers, unearths the

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"Horn (Cyberville), in her reflective memoir of her decades-long participation in the Choral Society of Grace Church in lower Manhattan, delves into works the choir and others like it have sung over the centuries. She also describes how singing with the group has alleviated her loneliness and depression. Horn, who has been a member of the 152-seat volunteer community choir since 1982, touches on some of the notable choirs throughout American history (most were male until the remarkable Rubenstein Club was formed in 1886 in New York). Horn eloquently traces the evolution of ensemble singing, from monks chanting in the Middle Ages and the blossoming of church music in the Renaissance through the golden age of the 19th century. She also discusses many of the works that endure today, such as those by Purcell, Handel, Bach, Haydn, and Mozart. The Choral Society of Grace Church has tackled challenging pieces by Leonard Bernstein, Ralph Vaughan William, and Franz Xaver Biebl, among others, though Horn mostly dwells, somewhat peevishly, on her humble place in that choir as second soprano ('I'm just not good at most things'). She writes movingly about how singing about death and simply breathing together bring a transcendent feeling of harmonious belonging. Agent: Betsey Lerner, Dunow, Carson & Lerner. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Why do we sing? For Stacy Horn, singing in a community choir--the Choral Society of Grace Church in New York--is the one thing in her life that never fails to take her to a transcendent place and remind her that everything good is possible. She's not particularly religious and (she'll be the first to point out) her voice isn't exactly the stuff of legend, but like thousands of other amateur chorus members throughout this country and the world, singing

About the Author

Stacy Horn is the author of four nonfiction books. Bestselling author Mary Roach has hailed her for “combining awe-fueled curiosity with topflight reporting skills.” Her commentaries have been heard on NPR’s All Things Considered

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twicelovedbooks, December 10, 2013 (view all comments by twicelovedbooks)
Have you ever read a book that made you want to sing?
Stacy Horn's "Imperfect Harmony" may make you do just that.

At the very least, you will be tempted to check out YouTube to look up some of these brilliantly shining songs she writes about so eloquently. Prepare to be completely lost in the music. If nothing else, check out 'O Magna Mysterium' by M. Laurisden....it make be the most profound six minutes you will spend listening to music. And it may inspire you to seek out a choir or choral group.

Stacy Horn has researched choral singing through the ages and makes a strong case for us all to raise voices in song -- to worship, to praise, to lift ourselves beyond our worry and sorrow and to share gladness of heart.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781616200411
Author:
Horn, Stacy
Publisher:
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Subject:
Music - General
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20130731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Horn (Cyberville), in her reflective memoir of her decades-long participation in the Choral Society of Grace Church in lower Manhattan, delves into works the choir and others like it have sung over the centuries. She also describes how singing with the group has alleviated her loneliness and depression. Horn, who has been a member of the 152-seat volunteer community choir since 1982, touches on some of the notable choirs throughout American history (most were male until the remarkable Rubenstein Club was formed in 1886 in New York). Horn eloquently traces the evolution of ensemble singing, from monks chanting in the Middle Ages and the blossoming of church music in the Renaissance through the golden age of the 19th century. She also discusses many of the works that endure today, such as those by Purcell, Handel, Bach, Haydn, and Mozart. The Choral Society of Grace Church has tackled challenging pieces by Leonard Bernstein, Ralph Vaughan William, and Franz Xaver Biebl, among others, though Horn mostly dwells, somewhat peevishly, on her humble place in that choir as second soprano ('I'm just not good at most things'). She writes movingly about how singing about death and simply breathing together bring a transcendent feeling of harmonious belonging. Agent: Betsey Lerner, Dunow, Carson & Lerner. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Why do we sing? For Stacy Horn, singing in a community choir--the Choral Society of Grace Church in New York--is the one thing in her life that never fails to take her to a transcendent place and remind her that everything good is possible. She's not particularly religious and (she'll be the first to point out) her voice isn't exactly the stuff of legend, but like thousands of other amateur chorus members throughout this country and the world, singing
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