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Reading Worksheet White Spirituals in the Southern Uplands Richard Jackson writes of in Grove Music : Shortly after joining the German department of Vanderbilt University in 1918, George Pullen Jackson became interested in the music of the large southern singing groups such as the Sacred Harp Singers (together with Alan Lomax he made recordings of their performances, 1942). His study of the music, as found in collections published in the early 19th century, resulted in the book White Spirituals in the Southern Uplands (Chapel Hill, NC, 1933/R), which introduced an important body of American folk music to scholarly and general readers. It was followed by several other publications on this music (1937-1952). Jackson uses capitalized abbreviations for the titles of published tunebooks, so HH stands for William Hauser’s Hesperian Harp (Philadelphia: compiler, 1848). You are not required to know about the individual books; only know that these abbreviations stand for
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Unformatted text preview: published tunebooks. Just because these tunes appeared earlier in print doesnt rule out the possibility that they were very old folksongs. Compilers of published tunebooks often claimed to the the composer of a tune, when in fact, they were the first person to notate the tune from the oral tradition. George Pullen Jackson wrote that experience songs usually started with some form of the come all ye opening. What were Miss Hataway and the Romish Lady (a Catholic girl) willing to give up for their religion? As you read, keep track of the several ways GP Jackson received folksongs (e.g., from someones singing them and how else?) You can get a good sense of the cultures that spawned these white spirituals from the story about Hicks Farewell. Pay particular attention to the way Elder Berryman Hickss family is described. Would those words be used in a 21 st-century news story about the family?...
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This note was uploaded on 01/14/2011 for the course MUS 355 taught by Professor Carson during the Spring '08 term at ASU.

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