05 Minstrelsy and Pop outline

05 Minstrelsy and Pop outline - GMUS 203: Music in America...

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GMUS 203: Music in America Lecture 6: Minstrelsy and Parlor songs Origins of the Popular Style DEVELOPMENT OF POPULAR CULTURE Europe: two-tier system of culture Folk Culture – urban working class, collective, oral tradition, High Culture – upper class, artist vs consumer, superior form of entertainment. A third category: Popular culture – borrows from both sides. Audiences CATEGORIES OF POPULAR MUSIC IN 19TH CENTURY AMERICA Minstrelsy Parlor songs Military band music Musical theater Opera MINTRELSY – MOST POPULAR, COMIC RELIEF. MADE FUN OF GROUPS OF PEOPLE. BROUGHT ABOUT AWARENESS. Traveling “blackface” variety shows Stereotype, caricature and parody Increased awareness of African American folk forms Most popular form of American entertainment from 1840-1900 Part of the fragmentation of American cultural expression PRECURSORS 18th Century English Comic Theater “Negro” songs Blackface performers Black man portrayed as tragic or pitiful figure But 19th century portrayals were far less sympathetic… 1
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