W14 Music 160 Week 2 Lesson 4

W14 Music 160 Week 2 Lesson 4 - Con$$ckier minstrelsongs...

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Con$nuing to think about the s$ckier issues of cultural synthesis through minstrel songs January 16, 2014
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Administra$on Friendly reminder: Keep up with the reading and listening Fill in as much of the listening charts as you can for a par$cular song based on what we cover in class For the exams, we will hold you responsible for all of the pieces on e‐reserves that we cover in class More on Midterm 1 next Tuesday (1/21)
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For today, con$nuing to think about… Representa$on Appropria$on Authen$city – sense of being “true,” “real” Focus on minstrelsy
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What was the appeal of minstrelsy for blacks? For black performers A means to earn money A means to travel A means to assert their authen$city
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Example of a minstrel song “De Boatmen’s Dance” (1843) (E‐reserves Unit 5) Music and lyrics credited to Dan Emme[ (1815‐1904)
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Note the instrumenta$on (instruments used): Male voices Banjo Fiddle Tambourine Bones * The banjo, fddle, tambourine and bones were typical instruments used in minstrel shows
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Close up of musical bones (right)
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W14 Music 160 Week 2 Lesson 4 - Con$$ckier minstrelsongs...

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