Afro-American Folksongs: A Study in Racial and National Music

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G. Schirmer, 1914 - African Americans - 176 pages
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Poor quality scan of an important musicological work from 1914 that attempts to connect African American folk music with West African sources, including Hebrew, Arabic, and Moorish. Note the discussion on the Flattened Seventh. Search Jews, Oriental, Semitones, Minor, Eastern, Wild Notes (often used by early American descriptions of non-Western melody), etc. 

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OCLC: 23126656
Related Subjects: African Americans -- Music -- History and criticism.

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Page 33 - ... the women generally with gay handkerchiefs twisted about their heads and with short skirts — boys with tattered shirts and men's trousers, young girls barefooted, all stand up in the middle of the floor, and when the "sperichil...
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Page 153 - It is a proper question to ask, What songs, then, belong to the American and appeal more strikingly to him than any others? What melody would stop him on the street if he were in a strange land, and make the home feeling well up within him, no matter how hardened he might be, or how wretchedly the tune were played?
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Page 2 - Folksong is not popular song hi the sense in which the word is most frequently used, but the song of the folk; not only the song admired of the people but, in a strict sense, the song created by the people. It is a body of poetry and music which has come into existence without the influence of conscious art, as a spontaneous utterance, filled with characteristic expression of the feelings of a people.
Page 33 - The foot is hardly taken from the floor, and the progression is mainly due to a jerking, hitching motion, which agitates the entire shouter and soon brings out streams of perspiration. Sometimes they dance silently, sometimes as they shuffle they sing the chorus of the spiritual, and sometimes the song itself is also sung by the dancers. But more frequently a band composed of some of the best singers and of tired shouters stand at the side of the room to "base" the others, singing the body of the...
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Page 23 - I always wondered, about these, whether they had always a conscious and definite origin in some leading mind, or whether they grew by gradual accretion, in an almost unconscious way. On this point I could get no information, though I asked many questions, until at last, one day when I was being rowed across from Beaufort to Ladies' Island, I found myself, with delight, on the actual trail of a song. One of the oarsmen, a brisk young fellow, not a soldier, on being asked for his theory of the matter,...
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