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The New Negroes and Their Music: The Success of the Harlem Renaissance

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Boldy conceived and compellingly argued, this revisionist work offers a new interpretation of the Harlem Renaissance by focusing on its music. Jon Michael Spencer challenges the emphasis of earlier historical studies - which have tended to bypass music in favor of literature - as well as their general conclusion that the Renaissance was a failure. Spencer's discussion encompasses the music and writings of a wide range of important figures, including James Weldon Johnson, Harry T. Burleigh, Roland Hayes, Marian Anderson, Alain Locke, William Grant Still, R. Nathaniel Dett, and Dorothy Maynor. He argues that the singular accomplishment of the Harlem Renaissance composers and musicians was to achieve a "two-tiered mastery" promoted by Johnson, Locke, the Harmon award, and Crisis and Opportunity magazines. Their work, Spencer says, drew on the "mood and spirit" of African American folk music while mastering the forms and techniques of the European classical tradition in music. Spencer also contends, with Locke, that the Harlem Renaissance had its roots in the turn of the century and extended for three decades beyond the 1920s. He thus contests assertions that the arrival of the Great Depression effectively ended the Renaissance, as issues of economic survival allegedly subsumed artistic aspirations. In positing a much longer period for the Renaissance and offering evidence for it, Spencer argues that this flowering of African American creative endeavor constitutes a major cultural legacy that can only be described as a resounding success.

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A power that will some day be applied to higher forms — Wild dreams of bringing glory and honor to the Negro race — The terrible handicap of working as a Negro composer — A problem which could be solved by the simple rules of justice.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780870499678
Author:
Spencer, Jon Michael
Publisher:
University of Tennessee Press
Location:
Knoxville :
Subject:
Ethnic
Subject:
Afro-americans
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Ethnomusicology
Subject:
Music
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Harlem renaissance
Subject:
Harlem
Subject:
African Americans - New York (State) -
Subject:
MUSIC / Ethnomusicology
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
30
Publication Date:
19970531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
9.04x6.07x.57 in. .75 lbs.

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