Transitions: Function and Difference in Myth and
In the 1940s, certain transitional events began to take place in African-American music—events that would have far-reaching effects and would change the course of black music in subsequent decades. These events took place as follows:
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|1.||In jazz, the rise of bebop, with its creators returning to and embracing elements of African-American myth and ritual, changed the course of the genre.|
|2.||In popular music, the rise of rhythm and blues laid the foundation for rock 'n' roll and soul music and also caused an incursion of black music into white society.|
|3.||In concert-hall music, 1. certain black composers embraced myth, paid homage to ritual, and produced works of high qual‐|