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Music 162: American Popular Song March 31, 2010 Today European and African American cultural streams Stephen Foster and listening strategies Minstrelsy European American Stream Ex: Traditional Anglo-American ballads (or “traditional ballads”) A ballad is “a type of song in which a series of verses telling a story, often about  a historical event or personal tragedy, are sung to a repeating melody” (Starr  and Waterman 2010: 12) Traditional ballads popular in the 18 th  century, passed down to current times Example on e-reserves: “The Four Marys” Sung by Texas Gladden Recorded in 1941 for the folklorist Alan Lomax To notice: Form of the song  Form is the structure, how the song is organized This song is organized into a series of verses, each verse has the same melody This form is called “strophic” Now notice the instrumentation (selection of instruments, including voice) Single voice; female voice Traditional ballads – usually solo voice (female or male) African American Stream Ex: Spirituals a form of religious music
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