Choral Arrangements of the African-American Spirituals: Historical Overview and Annotated Listings

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Preface

Existing text and reference books chronicling choral literature in the western world do little to recognize the contribution of the choral arrangements of the African-American Spirituals to choral art music in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Except in books and scholarly articles on African-American music, mention of these arrangements and their arrangers is largely non-existent.

This book is a resource document that seeks to rectify this paucity of information for both choral directors and scholars. The Introduction and first three chapters trace the development of the genre and describe its musical characteristics. The annotated list of arrangements in Chapter 4 includes publisher, ranges, subject, key, meter, tempo, form, treatment, and comments enabling choral directors to access the music based upon the performance needs and capabilities of their ensembles. Chapter 5 contains biographical information which can help researchers trace the stylistic evolution of the genre and assess how it relates both to western folk-song arrangements as well as to western choral art musics created concurrently. In addition to the Title and Arranger indexes, a Subject Index groups titles in categories to assist conductors with liturgical and concert performance planning. Titles, arrangers and page locations appear across the indexes to assist directors who are using multiple criteria to make performance selections.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction xi
  • References xiii
  • Chapter 1 - The African-American Spiritual: Sources and Substance 1
  • References 11
  • Chapter 2 - The African-American Spiritual: Origins and Proliferation of the Choral Arrangements 15
  • References 22
  • Chapter 3 - The African-American Spiritual: Musical Characteristics of Unaccompanied Choral Arrangements 25
  • References 29
  • Chapter 4 - Annotated List of Titles 31
  • References 147
  • Chapter 5 - Annotated List of Arranger 149
  • References 149
  • Title Index 197
  • Arranger Index 209
  • Subject Index 221
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