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Black Sacred Music (1994) 8 (2): 81–88.
Published: 01 September 1994
... into singing and cry aloud." For even though the present situation seemingly says that you cannot have children, you will have more children than even she who has children right now. God takes this situation of barrenness, this situation of alienation, and turns it into an opportunity to talk about how God...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (2): 189–191.
Published: 01 September 1992
... importations, and we certainly limited ourselves as far as American music is concerned, to a small group of composers whose music sounds more like a European imitation than an American creation even though it often appears with American titles. My feeling is that now is the time to reassert ourselves as Ameri­...
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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (2): 56–67.
Published: 01 September 1991
... not only possible, but natural, even inevitable, and it was this underlying conception of them and the fact that they are so used at Hampton Institute, which was the inspiration of the idea in the mind of the editor. The captions of the various groups are such as might be found in any church hymnal...
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Black Sacred Music (1994) 8 (1): 3–12.
Published: 01 March 1994
... Criterion 28, no. 2 (Spring 1989). 4 Black Sacred Music Music and religion, then, stand in for ethnomusicology or philosophy, evoking some sense of their fundamental natures quite eloquently. One could even go so far as to suggest that religion and music might together serve as a metonym for still other...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (1): 155–161.
Published: 01 March 1992
... Francisco, California, on Thursday evening, September 16, 1965. Heralded as a "concert of religious jazz," Duke's Concert of Sacred Music was a controversial feature of the Festivals of Grace, a year-long celebration of the November 20, 1964, consecration of Grace Cathedral by the Episcopal Diocese...
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Black Sacred Music (1987) 1 (2): 21–26.
Published: 01 September 1987
..., California, on Thursday evening, September 16, 1965. Heralded as a ··concert of religious jazz," Duke's Concert of Sacred Music was a controversial feature of the Festivals of Grace, a year-long celebration of the November 20, 1964 consecration of Grace Cathedral by the Episcopal Diocese of California...
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Black Sacred Music (1994) 8 (2): 89–93.
Published: 01 September 1994
..., and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord -Psalm 40 There are songs that are no more than music. Anyone who can carry a tune can sing them. The only prerequisite is to know the sound corresponding...
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Black Sacred Music (1987) 1 (2): 29–32.
Published: 01 September 1987
... serious studies; and the vogue has even assisted the nascent drama. Those who like the primitive have been satisfied; at the same time there has been a challenge to the conscious artist. In the face of such acceptance and acclaim it might seem strange that any one should raise a question. Yet some things...
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Black Sacred Music (1990) 4 (2): 40–46.
Published: 01 September 1990
... 1990 by Duke University Press. CCC 1043-9455 / 90/ $1.50. Spirifuo/s in lhe Church 41 spoken, in the harmony of "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," is softly sung the final Amen. One more picture. This time it is Sunday Evening Singing, with the front pews of the Church well filled with children and adults...
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Black Sacred Music (1994) 8 (1): 178–201.
Published: 01 March 1994
..., in the unfolding of this first performance, a much larger cultural event. By now the story of that scandal is well known. As the artist Valentine Gross Hugo recalled the ballet itself: "It seemed to stagger in the uproar. Screams, insults, hoots, prolonged whistles drowned out the music, and then slaps and even...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (2): 215–231.
Published: 01 September 1992
... that she did what she did for my benefit, yet even today it is hard for me to realize that the structure of Negro society at that time was such that even a woman of her vision could not understand that the kind of composer I meant to be was far different from her concept, nor would she or others...
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Black Sacred Music (1994) 8 (2): 75–80.
Published: 01 September 1994
...! If only Death of the body would come to deliver the soul from dying! If some sacred taboo had been defiled and this extended terror was the consequence-there would be no panic in the paying. If some creature of the vast and pulsing ;ungle had snatched the life away-this would even in its wildest fear...
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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (2): xi–xiv.
Published: 01 September 1991
... American music that, along with like compositions by his counterparts of the day, constituted a substantial segment of African American liturgical music. As the writings of this reader will attest, however, Dett was not only or even primarily a composer; he was an educator. His scholarly essays...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (2): 233–244.
Published: 01 September 1992
... section. But, in searching for musical experiences that might later help me, I found there an undeniable color and a musical atmosphere that stemmed directly from the folk. Any alert musician could learn something, even in that sordid Horizons Unlimited 235 atmosphere. W C. Handy listened and learned...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (2): 177–188.
Published: 01 September 1992
... with white Americans. Most significant of all is the fact that, despite a growth of interra­ cial understanding, even the serious Negro musician who is said to have "arrived" today still is confronted with all sorts of preconceived notions! To my way of thinking, one of our most important pioneers...
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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (2): 84–90.
Published: 01 September 1991
... and more insistent. On Sunday, April 27, a beautifully decorated folder proclaimed that on the same evening the Hampton Institute A Capella Choir of forty mixed voices, Dr. R. Nathaniel Dett, Director, would give a "Concert de Bienfaisance," the purpose apparently being to help the Marine Welfare Society...
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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (2): 104–107.
Published: 01 September 1991
.... In the experiences of the children of Israel in bondage in Egypt, he visualized a situation analogous to his own constraint in America, a land which then to him was a foreign land. The resurrection of Jesus became a glorious picture of his own escape, even through death, from the double-dark prison of ignorance...
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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (2): 34–41.
Published: 01 September 1991
... which in slavery days probably were full of real or implied significance seem almost meaningless since Emancipation; and when placed alongside of the religious art song and church anthem of the present day appear unspeakably crude, even ludicruous. It is the opinion of the present writer...
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Black Sacred Music (1988) 2 (1): 65–71.
Published: 01 March 1988
... placed alongside of the religious art song and church anthem of the present day appear unspeakably crude, even ludicrous. It is the opinion of the present writer that the extensive use of Negro folk music for concert and exploitation has had a tendency to dim the lustre of that aurora of religion...
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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (2): 108–113.
Published: 01 September 1991
... Copyright © 1991 by Duke University Press 1991 The Authenticity of the Spiritual I Inasmuch as folk songs, regardless of locality, are made by people lacking scientific or academic culture, a chief characteristic of all such music is the preservation of certain oddities or even crudities...