CivilWar - The Civil War Before the war, singers and...

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The Civil War Before the war, singers and singing groups performed songs of advocacy and political content. •Preeminent among activist singers was the Hutchinson Family (three brothers and a sister). Originally from New England, they toured all over the eastern United States before the War. Also sang about temperance (anti-alcohol), but were most identified with Abolitionist movement (anti-slavery). • “Get Off the Track” was one of their crowd pleasers. Used the tune of “Old Dan Tucker,” which, ironically, was a minstrel tune. Note “The Hutchinsons Sing at a Boston Antislavery Rally, 1844” (158). Songs of the Civil War • “After war broke out in April 1861, song provided a way for North (the Union) and South (the Confederacy) to define their ideals” (160). •”The Battle Cry of Freedom” (George Root): a recruiting song for the Union army. A march. Built on three memorable musical phrases that are repeated: “every musical phrase in the song is a statement or variant of one of the three…” (162-63).
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This note was uploaded on 01/04/2010 for the course MUSL MUSL 147 taught by Professor Lovensheimer during the Fall '08 term at Vanderbilt.

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