MUS 2000 Early Origins Through Black Bottom Stomp

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Unformatted text preview: Roots Roots Congo Square A place where slaves were permitted to dance Now called Louis Armstrong park ring shout --has a cluster of individuals moving in a circular pattern. Comes from a ritual African ceremony New Orleans City Council 1817 designated Congo square as the official site for slave dances Other parts of the country did not permit this and outlawed any African elements in the music of slaves. New Orleans Latin-Catholic influence was tolerant Minstrel Shows Developed before the Civil War (1861- 65) Placed white performers in black makeup, where they mimicked, ridiculed, & made fun of the music, dance and culture of the slave population. Often the writer of the music had little knowledge of southern black music. Most composers were from the Northeast. Ex. Stephen Foster. Work Songs More purely African in nature, almost no American or European influence. Leroy Miller and a Group of Prisoners; Berta, Berta recorded in the 1950s at the Parchman farm in Mississippi. This is a work song performed in a loose call-and- response manner. A Mississippi prison work gang recorded it. Notice the steady tempo and repetition of the words: the work performed reflects the tempo. Also listen to the bent or blue notes that give it the sound of the blues. The singers also perform the melody slightly behind the beat. Great Migration African-Americans moved north due to racial strife, (Jim Crow) better jobs and a better quality of life. Anti-immigration legislation in 1924 led to worker shortages....
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This note was uploaded on 10/07/2011 for the course MUS 2000 taught by Professor Nunnery during the Fall '08 term at LSU.

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MUS 2000 Early Origins Through Black Bottom Stomp - Roots...

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