From inside front cover:
This 1100-page hymnal is the first major book of its kind to be published in decades; it is the culmination of eight years of inspired work by a committee of more than thirty musicians and pastors, including many national leaders in
African American worship and gospel music
The 575 hymns, spirituals, and gospel songs in this book represent the common repertoire of African American churches across the United States.
For the first time in an African American hymnal, traditional hymns and songs are notated to reflect performance practices found in the oral tradition of the
Black church in America. At a time when such traditions are falling victim to modern technology, the African American Heritage Hymnal strives to preserve this rich heritage for future generations
From the back cover:
- For the first time, all music is notated the way it is sung
- Extensive indices, including scriptural, topical, Black History, and first line
- Litanies for "Fifty-two Sundays of Worshipful Celebration"
- Responsive readings from the Old and New Testaments
"The African American Heritage Hymnal is probably the most important addition to Protestant Hymnody within the past century."
-- Wyatt Tee Walker
Senior Pastor, Canaan Baptist Church, New York
From the Introduction
Publisher: GIA Publications, Inc.
Publication Date: 2001
Format: Hardcover, 1104 pages
Book Type: New