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African-American Music: An Introductionby Earl L. Stewart
Synopses & Reviews
African-American Music provides an introduction to all the richness and diversity of African-American musical styles, focusing on the distinct characteristics and development of each genre and its inherent styles including: spirituals, blues, gospel, ragtime, jazz, pop, and classical music.
Book News Annotation:
Covering work songs, spirituals, blues, gospel, a number of styles of jazz, rhythm and blues, soul, and rap, this introduction to black popular music is mostly dedicated to elements of style in the various musics. Illustrated with many examples of written music, the discussion treats aspects such as lyrical, rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic elements and explains how they developed from connections to African and other musics. Some historical context and biographical information is provided. Some basic knowledge of music theory is necessary for a full understanding of the book.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Table of Contents
Preface. PART 1: FOLK TRADITIONS. 1. General Characteristics of African American Music. 2. Work Songs, Minstrels, and , Spirituals. 3. The Blues. 4. Gospel Music. PART 2: THE JAZZ AESTHETIC. 5. The Emergence of Ragtime. 6. Classic Jazz. 7. The Emergence of Swing. 8. Bebop. 9. Jazz: 1950 to 1970. 10. Jazz: 1970 to the Present. PART 3: POPULAR STYLES SINCE 1940. 11. Rhythm and Blues: 1940 to 1960. 12. Soul Music: 1960 to 1980. 13. Rap and Beyond: 1980 to the Present. PART 4: THEATRICAL AND CLASSICAL TRADITIONS. 14. Theatrical and Early Classical Music. 15. Classical Music: 1850 to the Present. Notes. Glossary. Select Bibliography. Select Discography. Permissions. Index of Titles. General Index.
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