African American Music Research Paper

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Brendan Schiltz

24 February 2015

Professor Sweetin


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African American work songs were originally developed during slavery, between the 1700’s and 1900's. Because they were part of a culture where they couldn’t write, they decided to record the songs orally when the era of slavery came to an end after 1865. Many of their origins in African song traditions may have been sung to remind the Africans of home, while others were forced to sing these songs by their owners to raise morale and keep Africans working efficiently. They have also been known to help with the struggles they experienced and expressing anger and frustration through code words to let their feelings out against their “owners.” African Americans who
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It began in the form of independent traditional and popular musical styles, and having a little bit of former African American and European American music. The history of Jazz spans over a period of a hundred years, including a very wide range of music, making it very difficult to define. Jazz makes good use of improvisation, and the swing note, as well as many aspects of harmony, American popular music, the brass band, and African musical elements such as blue notes and ragtime. Although the origins and basis of jazz originally came from within the black neighborhoods of the United States, different cultures have contributed their own experience to the jazz experience as well. Many respected people in the world of jazz have titled jazz as "America's original art …show more content…
It is a form of Christian music and a sub genre of gospel music. Like other forms of music the creation, performance, significance, and even the definition of gospel music varies according to the audience. It is composed and performed for many purposes, ranging from just for pure pleasure and desire to listen to, religious or ceremonial purposes, or as an entertainment product for everybody. However, the common theme as with most Christian music is to give praise and worship to God and Christ. Traditional gospel music was popular in the middle of the 20th century. Thomas A. Dorsey who is regardded as "the father of gospel music" and was at one time such closely associated with the field that songs written in this new style were sometimes known as "Dorseys," with the name coming from his last name. Dorsey found artists such as Mahalia Jackson, founded the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses in 1933, and known for the mainstreaming of Popular Gospel and Christian songs such as Amazing

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