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The Fisk Concert Spiritual

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/9780252041631.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter explores the process of musically and culturally translating oral folk spirituals into notated arranged spirituals performed on the concert stage. The American Missionary Association ... 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


Commercial Spirituals

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/9780252041631.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, American

As jubilee troupes multiplied and grew in popularity, minstrels and variety performers began to burlesque their performances by using songs modeled on spirituals, which I call commercial spirituals. ... More


Spirituals and the Birth of a Black Entertainment Industry

Sandra Jean Graham

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780252041631
eISBN:
9780252050305
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041631.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

Spirituals and the Birth of a Black Entertainment Industry is the first book to trace the musical evolution of postwar spirituals. The jubilee singers who introduced them ignited a chain reaction ... More


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