New PDF release: American Music: A Panorama, Fourth Concise Edition

By Lorenzo Candelaria, Daniel Kingman

ISBN-10: 0495916129

ISBN-13: 9780495916123

This briefer, extra obtainable variation of our best-selling survey textual content describes American song as a landscape of distinctive but parallel streams--hip-hop and Latin; folks and state; gospel and classical; jazz, blues, and rock-that replicate the uniquely assorted personality of the us. evaluating and contrasting musical kinds throughout areas and time, Candelaria and Kingman carry a imaginative and prescient of yank song either exuberant and artistic, a song that arises out of the historical past and musical traditions of the numerous immigrants to America's shorelines.

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CHAPTER 3 The American Indian Tradition 35 be made of clay. Rattles are nearly universal, are of many types, and are often worn on the ankles while dancing. The use of drums alone, without singing, is virtually unknown. Words Since the music is nearly all vocal, the question of the words arises. The songs are very often not in the language of speech. Vocables—simple vocal sounds such as “fa-la-la” in the holiday song “Deck the Halls”— are often either interpolated between actual words or replace them altogether.

Cengage Learning reserves the right to remove additional content at any time if subsequent rights restrictions require it. 26 PART I Folk and Ethnic Musics 3. John Henry had a little baby, He could hold him out in his hand; Well, the last word I heard that po’ child say, “My daddy is a steel-drivin’ man, O Lordy! ” 4. John Henry told his old captain, Said, “A man ain’t nothin’ but a man; Before I let your steel gang down I will die with the hammer in my hand, O Lordy! ” 5. John Henry told his captain, “Next time you go to town Uh-jes’ bring me back a ten-pound maul For to beat your steel-drivin’ down, O Lordy!

With every step the turtle-shell rattle fastened behind the right knee contributed its hollow accent, sometimes suddenly magnified when all the dancers in unison struck the right foot sharply against the ground. Now and then the gourd rattles were shaken for two or three seconds, giving a curious accompaniment of elevated sound in contrast to the low, chanting voices. . When it was all over, I came away with the feeling that I had witnessed an ancient rite that was rich in symbolism and impressive in its significance.

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