Unformatted text preview: published tunebooks. Just because these tunes appeared earlier in print doesn’t 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 someone’s 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 Hicks’s family is described. Would those words be used in a 21 st-century news story about the family?...
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- Spring '08
- Music, Folk music, Alan Lomax, Woody Guthrie, American folk music, George Pullen Jackson, white spirituals