New york harmony books 1995 petrie phil the history

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Unformatted text preview: and asking people to tutor him. He became a Methodist minister, eventually founding one of the largest African- American Methodist congregations on the East Coast. He helped launch the development of gospel music through his writing of tabernacle songs - songs to be sung in the tabernacle (the place of worship) focusing on a single theme and featuring a call- and- response performance style. Relying heavily on spirituals as a source of musical inspiration, he wrote these tabernacle songs to supplement his powerful sermons. He is credited with publishing the first gospel songs that included both words and music in 1899. Although not prolific, many of Tindley's songs continue to be popular, including "I'll Overcome Some Day" (written in 1901 and the source for the Civil Rights anthem, "We Shall Overcome"), "Stand By Me" (1905) and "We'll Understand it Better By and By" (1905). 13 Listening Example: I’ll Overcome Some Day and We Shall Overcome Some Day Thomas Dorsey Dorsey is considered the “father of gospel music.” A multi- faceted musician, in his earlier career he was known as Georgia Tom, and was a well respected barrelhouse blues pianist, arranger, and accompanist, and also served as composer for '"Ma" Rainey and Bessie Smith (the foremost female blues singers of their era). He also worked as part of a blues ensemble with “Tampa Red” (Hudson Whittaker) and as a member of a band called The Whispering Syncopators. His involvement with gospel music started in Chicago when he joined the Pilgrim Baptist Church in 1921. B...
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