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To Do This, You Must Know How: Music Pedagogy in the Black Gospel Quartet Tradition

Lynn Abbot and Doug Seroff

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036750
eISBN:
9781621039150
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036750.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

This book 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 ... More


Dvořák’s Symphony From the New World

Maurice Peress

in Dvorák to Duke Ellington: A Conductor Rediscovers America's Music and Its African-American Roots

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195098228
eISBN:
9780199869817
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195098228.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter starts with Dvorák's witnessing of the exuberant festivities for the 400th anniversary of Columbusás landing in the New World only a few days after his arrival and his first concert ... More


A Ferber Plot

Todd Decker

in Show Boat: Performing Race in an American Musical

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199759378
eISBN:
9780199979554
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759378.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

Author Edna Ferber's inspiration and research methods while writing Show Boat are put in context with the vogue for Negro spirituals in 1920s Manhattan. The plot of the novel is situated within ... More


The Robeson Plan

Todd Decker

in Show Boat: Performing Race in an American Musical

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199759378
eISBN:
9780199979554
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759378.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

Paul Robeson was the primary inspiration for the song “Ol' Man River.” This chapter details Robeson's mid-Twenties career as a dramatic actor and singer of concert spirituals and describes how Kern ... More


Presenting America’s Religious Heritage Abroad

Danielle Fosler-Lussier

in Music in America's Cold War Diplomacy

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780520284135
eISBN:
9780520959781
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520284135.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, American

The State Department used America’s predominantly Christian religion as part of its cultural presentations strategy. Many musical performers, including African American, white, and mixed choirs and ... More


Innovators, Imitators, and a Jubilee Industry

Sandra Jean Graham

in Spirituals and the Birth of a Black Entertainment Industry

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780252041631
eISBN:
9780252050305
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041631.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, American

The ever-growing success of the Fisk Jubilee Singers attracted widespread notice, and by 1873–1874 the troupe was facing a field of competitors, some of whom made innovations to the concert ... More


Featuring Robeson: 1928–1940

Todd Decker

in Show Boat: Performing Race in an American Musical

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199759378
eISBN:
9780199979554
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759378.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

Paul Robeson played Joe for just over a decade, appearing in the first London production in 1928, the 1932 Broadway revival, the 1936 Universal Pictures film, and a 1940 Los Angeles production. All ... More


The Myth of the Chosen Nation: The Colonial Period

Richard T. Hughes

in Myths America Lives By: White Supremacy and the Stories That Give Us Meaning

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780252042065
eISBN:
9780252050800
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042065.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

The American myth of the Chosen Nation has its deepest roots in the Hebrew Bible, on the one hand, and the English Reformation, on the other. William Tyndale, through his 1534 translation of the New ... More


Richard Allen and the Sacred Music of Black Americans, 1740–1850

Patrick McCreless

in Theology, Music, and Modernity: Struggles for Freedom

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780198846550
eISBN:
9780191881633
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198846550.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature, Theology

This chapter’s central claim is that the notion of freedom, in the context of theology, music, and modernity (1740–1850), is incomplete if it does not address the sacred music of the enslaved people ... More


“Nationalism”: Colonialism in Disguise?

Richard Taruskin

in The Danger of Music and Other Anti-Utopian Essays

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520249776
eISBN:
9780520942790
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520249776.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter focuses on Antonín Dvořák's “New World Symphony,” and the colonialist nationalism ingrained within it. He composed music in New York during his first year as the director of Jeannette ... More


Introduction: Magnolia’s Black Voice

Todd Decker

in Show Boat: Performing Race in an American Musical

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199759378
eISBN:
9780199979554
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759378.003.0000
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

The defining aspect of Edna Ferber's heroine Magnolia in the 1926 novel Show Boat was the phenomenon of a white girl singing with a black voice. The introduction locates Ferber's narrative within the ... More


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