Summary: African-American Music provides an introduction to all of the richness and diversity of African-American musical styles, focusing on the distinct characteristics and development of each genre. This textbook is divided into four sections: Folk Traditions; The Jazz Aesthetic; Black Popular Styles Since 1940; and Black Theatrical and Classical Music. Using brief musical examples, the author illustrates and explains the basic concepts that unite all African-Americ
an styles before discussing each style individually. Among the many types of music explored in individual chapters are spirituals, blues, gospel, ragtime, jazz, pop, and classical music. Biographical portraits of major musicians and composers, as well as stylistic analyses of each musical genre make this book not only required reading for any introduction to the field, but a pleasure to read for anyone interested in all of the different styles that comprise African-American music.
Summary: African-American Music provides an introduction to all of the richness and diversity of African-American musical styles, focusing on the distinct characteristics and development of each genre. This textbook is divided into four sections: Folk Traditions; The Jazz Aesthetic; Black Popular Styles Since 1940; and Black Theatrical and Classical Music. Using brief musical examples, the author illustrates and explains the basic concepts that unite all African-American styles before discussing each style individually. Among the many types of music explored in individual chapters are spirituals, blues, gospel, ragtime, jazz, pop, and classical music. Biographical portraits of major musicians and composers, as well as stylistic analyses of each musical genre make this book not only required reading for any introduction to the field, but a pleasure to read for anyone interested in all of the different styles that comprise African-American music. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:98 Cover: Hardback Publisher:Schirmer Published: 08/01/1998 International: No
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Stewart, Earl L. : University of California-Santa Barbara
Earl L. Stewartis an assistant professor of black studies at the University of California-Santa Barbara. He is also a composer, arranger, and guest conductor.
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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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