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Unformatted text preview: ming artists. One approach was to sing in a way that incorporated extensive kinds of embellishments in terms of pitch, rhythm, and text. The singers also included a wide range of vocal qualities, from falsetto (especially for men) to full- throated singing in low registers (especially for women). Another way to demonstrate individuality was through the use of improvisation, an enduring value in black music. PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER: BLUES STRUCTURAL CHARACTERISTICS IN “OH HAPPY DAY” BY EDWIN HAWKINS SINGERS Listening Example: “Oh Happy Day” by Edwin Hawkins Singers Now let’s listen to “Oh Happy Day” to see how these structural characteristics are incorporated into a single, unmistakably representative example of gospel music. Please listen once just to hear the general structural characteristics: Rhythm: Listen to the strong rhythmic foundation in quadruple meter. Melody: Simple melody with some “African American” stylings such as ornamentation and bent notes Harmony: Basic harmonies with the addition of 9ths and 11ths from jazz and gospel harmonies Texture: This is primarily homophonic texture, but with strong call- and- response between the main soloist and the choir. 12 Crossroads: Music of American Cultures (Barkley) Kendall Hunt Publishers, 2013 Instrumentation: Choir, soloist, piano, drums Form: This is a single verse that is repeated 3 times along with a bri...
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