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Unformatted text preview: y 1928, he was incorporating more rhythmic emphasis and blues riffs into his gospel music and also providing opportunities for the soloist and the accompanist to improvise and personalize the interpretation. When orthodox black churches were so resistant to gospel music (essentially finding it too “African” at a time when many black leaders were trying to help their people become more assimilated into mainstream white society), Dorsey systematically worked towards getting the genre to be more accepted. In 1926, he wrote one of the masterpieces of gospel, "If You See My Savior" and in 1932, composed one of the most famous gospel pieces, "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" in the days following the death in childbirth of his wife and newborn child. He died in 1993, and in 2002, his album Precious Lord was 13 The standard practice of the time for publishing black spiritual songs was to write only the words while the melodies had to be passed on through oral tradition. In a manner similar to the Anglo ballads, a singer needed to learn the melody from another singer or to have learned it as part of a community’s musical traditions. Part of the reason the gospel composer Thomas Dorsey achieved such influence and success was that he changed this practice to publishing both words and music on single sheets, which could then be purchased for fifteen cents. 15 recognized for its historical, cultural, and aesthetic importance when it was added to the United States National...
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