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"Elder’s work helps us not only to see the Amish as human beings like ourselves but to see ourselves through the Amish. (from the Foreword)"

"D. Rose Elder convincingly shows the clear importance of the phenomenon of singing to the Amish in many dimensions of their culture and faith."

"This fine account now stands as the basic reference source on the topic of Amish singing."

"A compelling account of one of the most rarely heard and least understood forms of singing in North America today. This is a groundbreaking work: the first to combine historical, social, spiritual, and ethnic values with high levels of musical scholarship and reliable transcriptions so as to reveal Amish song to be a genuine voice of Amish identity and belief systems."