Imperfect Harmony (Paperback)

Finding Happiness Singing with Others

By Stacy Horn

Algonquin Books, 9781616200411, 256pp.

Publication Date: July 2, 2013

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July 2013 Indie Next List

“Listening to choral music has always been moving for me, but I never realized the profound emotions felt by the chorus members. In this delightful, charmingly self-effacing memoir, Horn explains how singing with the Choral Society of New York's Grace Church has been life affirming, even life saving. Drawing on the reflections of other singers, composers of choral music and scientific evidence, as well as her own experience, she beautifully puts into words the joy of singing with others in harmony. Any lover of choral music would love this book.”
— Samantha Flynn, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC
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Description

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 fascinating history of group singing, and explores remarkable discoveries from the new science of singing, including all the unexpected health benefits. Imperfect Harmony is the story of one woman who has found joy and strength in the weekly ritual of singing and in the irresistible power of song.



About the Author

Stacy Horn is the author of five nonfiction books, including Imperfect Harmony. Mary Roach has hailed her for “combining awe-fueled curiosity with topflight reporting skills.” Horn’s commentaries have been heard on NPR’s All Things Considered and she is the founder of the social network Echo. She lives in New York City. Her website is stacyhorn.com.          



Praise For Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others

“In this one-of-a-kind celebration of singing with others, I’d call her pitch nearly perfect.” --The Atlantic Monthly

“If ever a book could make you want to break out in song, this is it!” --American Profile

“[A] beautifully researched and eloquent book.” --The Huffington Post

“In this joyful and contemplative memoir about the power of singing together, Horn celebrates the transcendent consolations to be found in the act of making song.” --More

“Horn create[s] a paean to the joys of communal singing that’s both familiar and thrillingly new, and worthy of a closing standing ovation.” --Forward

“Horn eloquently traces the evolution of ensemble singing . . . She writes movingly about how singing about death and simply breathing together bring a transcendent feeling of harmonious belonging.” --Publishers Weekly