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Appendix of Negro Songs

Appendix of Negro Songs In making these additional songs part of this book, I have been inter­ ested in enriching the quantity of Negro songs with rare and, in most cases, heretofore unknown versions. The seculars are very rare, because seculars generally are the least known. Thus I am especially proud of placing them here. In fact, more great work songs and calls are placed here than may be found in any previous volume. The fol­ lowing items are presented for a better understanding of what follows. 1 . The songs are not harmonized, for this book is designed not for choral groups but for seekers . Nowadays conductors do not follow the hymn-type harmonizations found in many books anyway. Also, I do not wish to stereotype the songs with my own taste. 2 . The songs have not been too fully annotated, since I believe that this book has given sufficient background for an understanding of the songs. Moreover, a good folk song is its own best document. Yet, where clarity is concerned, the matter of annotation has been dealt with. 3. If too few songs have been assigned to definite areas or person­ alities, it is because I have thought it http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Black Sacred Music Duke University Press

Appendix of Negro Songs

Black Sacred Music , Volume 9 (1-2) – Sep 1, 1995

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Copyright © 1995 by Duke University Press
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1043-9455
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2640-9879
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10.1215/10439455-9.1-2.243
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In making these additional songs part of this book, I have been inter­ ested in enriching the quantity of Negro songs with rare and, in most cases, heretofore unknown versions. The seculars are very rare, because seculars generally are the least known. Thus I am especially proud of placing them here. In fact, more great work songs and calls are placed here than may be found in any previous volume. The fol­ lowing items are presented for a better understanding of what follows. 1 . The songs are not harmonized, for this book is designed not for choral groups but for seekers . Nowadays conductors do not follow the hymn-type harmonizations found in many books anyway. Also, I do not wish to stereotype the songs with my own taste. 2 . The songs have not been too fully annotated, since I believe that this book has given sufficient background for an understanding of the songs. Moreover, a good folk song is its own best document. Yet, where clarity is concerned, the matter of annotation has been dealt with. 3. If too few songs have been assigned to definite areas or person­ alities, it is because I have thought it

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Black Sacred MusicDuke University Press

Published: Sep 1, 1995

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