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1/22/07 lecture 2 Last time: African spiritual - characteristics in ringshout and spiritual - different types of spirituals- songs of liberation and hope. Not just physical- can be a hidden message. o sorrow song- slow tempo, speed which the song is played. Weighed down/ talks about the burdens/troubles/deprivations of the slavery existence. A way to express the issues/negatives of the slavery. o cult songs- “follow the drinking gourd” followed the star to take north- escape slavery o jubilees- escaping, judgement day. The veneration of jesus and god. Celebrated religious figures. The anticipation of judgement day. Famous singing group- fisk jubilee singers. traveled around after slavery was abolished. 1870’s. sang for Q. Eliza, in England “moses don’t get lost”- breaking the bonds of slavery and achieving freedom. - the African spirituals- a lot of reference to Israelites- the idea of gods freeing, just like they hope they will get freed from slavery. Positive state of mind- implies there is hope and that they will not give up. o Kept spirits up- idea of liberation in spirituals that gives emotional/ideological qualities. Was a resistance to the singing of spirituals (by the blacks) - but over time they were exposed to Christianity and turned to hope. That’s where they heard the hymns and received hope. Minstrelsy By 1909 (after emancipation, kkk) ppl have been enjoying the minstrel show for a long time. - the incubator of ragtime, musical comedy, etc. - originated from white performers pretending to be black onstage- racist. But this is how a lot of white artists became rich o el josen- performed in black face for most of his life (a jew from the Bronx) - dealt with social issues- appearances vs. reality o ex: ppl were ranked by race (southern)- but the reality was that it was not that simple. Author Samuel- observed the diseases that pertained to black
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2008 for the course MUS 15 taught by Professor Palter during the Winter '07 term at UCSD.

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