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Chapter 6. Characteristics

Chapter 6. Characteristics Chapter 6 Characteristics I. Definitions When one thinks of Negro music, he usually has in mind the religious songs generally called spirituals. However, the spirituals constitute just a part of Negro religious expression and are used by the Negro to give meaning to his deepest and most sublime feelings toward God and His great universe. For this reason the spirituals are, as a rule, sung in a slower and broader line than are the jubilees, which are songs of great exultation and joy-joy that is the result of a belief in the power of God unto salvation. To make this point clear it is only necessary to consider two well-known songs. "Lord, I Want to Be a Christian" is a song of the penitent who stands, as it were, before the very throne of his maker and proclaims his unworthiness and at the same time asks for the power not only to be "more holy" and "more loving" but also to be like Jesus. The music to this song is, as one will find in most folk songs, ideally suited to convey the fullest meaning of the words . It is simple, broad, and highly religious. "Down by de http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Black Sacred Music Duke University Press

Chapter 6. Characteristics

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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10.1215/10439455-9.1-2.104
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Chapter 6 Characteristics I. Definitions When one thinks of Negro music, he usually has in mind the religious songs generally called spirituals. However, the spirituals constitute just a part of Negro religious expression and are used by the Negro to give meaning to his deepest and most sublime feelings toward God and His great universe. For this reason the spirituals are, as a rule, sung in a slower and broader line than are the jubilees, which are songs of great exultation and joy-joy that is the result of a belief in the power of God unto salvation. To make this point clear it is only necessary to consider two well-known songs. "Lord, I Want to Be a Christian" is a song of the penitent who stands, as it were, before the very throne of his maker and proclaims his unworthiness and at the same time asks for the power not only to be "more holy" and "more loving" but also to be like Jesus. The music to this song is, as one will find in most folk songs, ideally suited to convey the fullest meaning of the words . It is simple, broad, and highly religious. "Down by de

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Black Sacred MusicDuke University Press

Published: Sep 1, 1995

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