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Black Sacred Music (1995) 9 (1-2): 230–242.
Published: 01 September 1995
... Copyright © 1995 by Duke University Press 1995 Chapter 14 The Great Fantasia It is natural that a race that produces its own folk music in quantity and quality would also produce composers, authors, poets, singers, and instrumentalists who distinguish themselves in the idiom of the race...
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Black Sacred Music (1990) 4 (2): 91–92.
Published: 01 September 1990
...Carole Marks Marks , Carole . Farewell—We’re Good and Gone: The Great Black Migration . Bloomington : Indiana University Press , 1989 . Copyright © 1990 by Duke University Press 1990 Boole lerieM 9 J has not examined such "interior" subjects as black musical or religious...
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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (2): 42–47.
Published: 01 September 1991
... of "rags," jazz music, and other dance tunes by untutored or only partially educated Negro orchestras and pianists, effects which surpass in real characterization any of the results obtained by Dvorak. Beautiful and unusual as the "New World Symphony" is, it yet leaves a great deal to be said through...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (2): 86–87.
Published: 01 September 1992
..., but is the basis for the formation of a remarkable culture a culture as fine as any possessed by the ancients. The benefits of the WPA for the American composer, then, are indeed great. To understand fully how great they are, it is necessary to review briefly musical history in America. In the past, conductors...
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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (2): 20–22.
Published: 01 September 1991
... that great supply of wealth stored up, will mean little to the owner unless he utilizes it. We have this wonderful store of folk music-the melodies of an enslaved people, who poured out their longings, their griefs and their aspirations in the one great, universal language. But this store will be of no value...
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Black Sacred Music (1995) 9 (1-2): 175–181.
Published: 01 September 1995
... of rural Negroes. This is a case of great misfortune in a twofold sense, insofar as it affects the spirituals that are already a part of the Negro's musical repertoire.1 First, it causes the Negro to confuse his tradi- tional songs with the shape-note songs. Second, it places in his hands an inferior...
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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (2): 23–28.
Published: 01 September 1991
... themselves, yet it is most fortunate that America, with her great heterogeneous population, should be the possessor of this one vital thing, truly indigenous to the soil; it is equally unfortunate that attempts at exploitation should have first been made in performances meant to ridicule or caricature...
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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (2): 91–101.
Published: 01 September 1991
... from Bell Stand to 1',rone Room 93 home-made embellishments, I played these with great enthusiasm, to admiring groups of friends. In the year of the Chicago World's Fair, we moved to the United States side of Niagara Falls, where I went to study with an Austrian, John Weiss. He gave me little...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (2): 150–156.
Published: 01 September 1992
... be said to be great music. Yet, was there ever a time in the history of any country on earth when every single composer turned out a masterpiece in every one of his compositions? Certainly not! The number of recog- From Counterpoint May 1948, 10 11. Reprinted with the permission of William Grant Still...
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Black Sacred Music (1990) 4 (2): 88–91.
Published: 01 September 1990
... of Illinois Press, 1989. Boole lenews , , Dark Tourney is Neil McMillen's retelling of the "black story" of the struggle of Mississippi's oppressed majority to gain their human rights and self-dignity. This particular chapter of the story covers the period from Reconstruction through the Great Black Migration...
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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (2): 68–69.
Published: 01 September 1991
... in almost all branches is widespread, if not deep. Because of this, as is nearly always the case in such instances, the charlatans are having their day. In spite of much that has been said, there is still a great lack of information as to what really is the true spirit of Negro music. The legion of books...
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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (2): 108–113.
Published: 01 September 1991
... musical life, while the spiritual seems ever to gain in favor, not only at home, but also abroad. In the face of the volumes upon volumes of spirituals which have been recorded (with new ones being discovered - each book of this series contains several new ones) and considering the fewness of the great...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (2): 91–94.
Published: 01 September 1992
... the facts that more than forty years have passed and that Negro music has profoundly influenced the music of all the Americas. Perhaps some people did not wish to give the Negro credit for the ability to affect an art-form in so great a measure. (In a comparatively recent article, the late American critic...
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Black Sacred Music (1987) 1 (2): 29–32.
Published: 01 September 1987
... great ·sociation." In general, however, they are set in a minor, not a major key; and the mood is that of "My way is cloudy," 'Tm rollin ' through an unfriendly world," and "Inchin' along like a po' inch worm." Such pieces are hardly wholesome for men and women , as they certainly do not make heroic...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (1): 162–169.
Published: 01 March 1992
... because its very source is suffering-suffering from the depths of one's own being." The key, though, is that even through this suffering, the black man has never ceased to express love- love for God. This great love expresses itself through the black man's music in two ways-praise to God, and perhaps even...
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Black Sacred Music (1989) 3 (2): 50–56.
Published: 01 September 1989
... ingredients together, and hope for the best. The magic could not be commanded, only coaxed by those with talent and the proper frame of mind, receptive to unexpected paths to transcendence "Great improvisers are like priests: they thinking only of their God."7 Perhaps, then, it was not only his surname...
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Black Sacred Music (1987) 1 (1): 63.
Published: 01 March 1987
...Marvin Chandler © Copyright 1987 JBSM /Jon Michael Spencer 1987 H.C. ALIVE IN MISSION Harvin Chandler ( 1986) the wpt of the K.ing-<lan nust be done · to bring- re - cov- ry to the blird; car-ried--their rres- sage far and wide; go forth in the I er of God 's Word: The Great Can-mis -sion...
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Black Sacred Music (1995) 9 (1-2): 216–229.
Published: 01 September 1995
... are indeed the poorest product of the Negro as a music maker. 218 Blaclc Sacred Music It is strange how great a following these inferior songs have acquired among the people whose genius at song making always pro- duces something infinitely fine. These urban gifts to the folk-level Negroes are rapidly...
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Black Sacred Music (1994) 8 (1): 135–156.
Published: 01 March 1994
... of Music," manuscript (September 27 1 1964), I. 4. Ibid. 5. Ibid., l-2 . William Grant Still 137 often been considered immoral, yet I have found a great deal of beauty in them. They express the yearning of an oppressed people who hope for a better way of life. This is the feeling I tried to convey...
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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (2): 56–67.
Published: 01 September 1991
... of need. Religion comes then as the reverberation of a great cry of soul; which explains in brief the Negro spiritual, which more than almost any other folk-music in the world is a great cry of soul whose burden is of age-old promises of eternal freedom, of feasts of milk and honey, and of the divine...