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Author Abbott, Lynn, 1946-

Title To do this, you must know how : music pedagogy in the black gospel quartet tradition / Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff.

Publication Info. Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2013]

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Description ix, 468 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Series American made music series
American made music series.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Contents John Work II and the resurrection of the Negro spiritual in Nashville -- "Time, harmony, and articulation" : quartet training and the Birmingham gospel quartet style -- An Alabama quartet expert in Chicagoland -- The "Alabama style" and the birth of gospel quartet singing in New Orleans.
Summary This book is a landmark study tracing the currents of music education that gave form and style to the black gospel quartet tradition. To Do This, You Must Know How traces black vocal music instruction and inspiration from the halls of Fisk University to the mining camps of Birmingham and Bessemer, Alabama, and on to Chicago and New Orleans. In the 1870s, the Original Fisk University Jubilee Singers successfully combined Negro spirituals with formal choral music disciplines and established a permanent bond between spiritual singing and music education. Early in the twentieth century there were countless initiatives in support of black vocal music training conducted on both national and local levels. The surge in black religious quartet singing that occurred in the 1920s owed much to this vocal music education movement. In Bessemer, Alabama, the effect of school music instruction was magnified by the emergence of community-based quartet trainers who translated the spirit and substance of the music education movement for the inhabitants of workingclass neighborhoods. These trainers adapted standard musical precepts, traditional folk practices, and popular music conventions to create something new and vital. Bessemer's musical values directly influenced the early development of gospel quartet singing in Chicago and New Orleans through the authority of emigrant trainers whose efforts bear witness to the effectiveness of "trickle down" black music education. A cappella gospel quartets remained prominent well into the 1950s, but by the end of the century the close harmony aesthetic had fallen out of practice, and the community-based trainers who were its champions had virtually disappeared, foreshadowing the end of this remarkable musical tradition. - Publisher.
Subject African Americans -- Music -- History and criticism.
African Americans -- Music -- Instruction and study.
Spirituals (Songs) -- Tennessee -- Nashville -- History and criticism.
Gospel music -- Alabama -- Birmingham -- History and criticism.
Added Author Seroff, Doug.
ISBN 9781617036750 (cloth : alk. paper)
1617036757 (cloth : alk. paper)
9781617036767 (ebook)
1617036765 (ebook)
Standard No. 40021956400