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Analytical Notes on Lena McLin’s Eucharist of the Soul

Analytical Notes on Lena McLin’s Eucharist of the Soul Analytical Notes on Lena McLin's Eucharist of the Soul* Donna McNeil Cox Introduction One of the principal sources of thematic material for black composers con­ tinues to be black sacred music. Even prior to engaging in formal composition, of music in the oral tradition. blacks were producing and maintaining a wealth This sacred music, namely, the spiritual, had a tremendous effect on all types of American music, including blues, jazz, gospel, and works in the classical idiom. In fact, "black music is the sum total of what American music is growing into and the roots that American music has to hold on to." The influence of the black church and its music can be readily heard in the compositions of Lena Johnson McLin, a prolific black composer, unfortunately known to comparatively few people. Her father was a minister, her mother a minister of music, and her sisters, aunts, and uncles were musicians. Notable among them is her famous uncle Thomas A. Dorsey, who she said most influenced her gospel style. Dorsey had the young Lena accompanying such renowned gospel singers as Mahalia Jackson and Sally Martin. Significantly influenced by black spirituals and the gospel idiom,3 word painting, repetition of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Black Sacred Music Duke University Press

Analytical Notes on Lena McLin’s Eucharist of the Soul

Black Sacred Music , Volume 1 (1) – Mar 1, 1987

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© Copyright 1987 JBSM/Jon Michael Spencer
ISSN
1043-9455
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2640-9879
DOI
10.1215/10439455-1.1.35
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Analytical Notes on Lena McLin's Eucharist of the Soul* Donna McNeil Cox Introduction One of the principal sources of thematic material for black composers con­ tinues to be black sacred music. Even prior to engaging in formal composition, of music in the oral tradition. blacks were producing and maintaining a wealth This sacred music, namely, the spiritual, had a tremendous effect on all types of American music, including blues, jazz, gospel, and works in the classical idiom. In fact, "black music is the sum total of what American music is growing into and the roots that American music has to hold on to." The influence of the black church and its music can be readily heard in the compositions of Lena Johnson McLin, a prolific black composer, unfortunately known to comparatively few people. Her father was a minister, her mother a minister of music, and her sisters, aunts, and uncles were musicians. Notable among them is her famous uncle Thomas A. Dorsey, who she said most influenced her gospel style. Dorsey had the young Lena accompanying such renowned gospel singers as Mahalia Jackson and Sally Martin. Significantly influenced by black spirituals and the gospel idiom,3 word painting, repetition of

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Black Sacred MusicDuke University Press

Published: Mar 1, 1987

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