Afro-American Folksongs - online book

A Study In Racial And National Music, With Sample Sheet Music & Lyrics.

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Chapter Vm. Structural Features of the Poems. Funeral Music                                                                            100
Improvization.—Solo and Choral Refrain.—Strange Funeral Customs.—Their Savage Prototypes.—Mes­sages to the Dead.—Graveyard Songs of the American Slaves.
Chapter IX. Dances of the American Negroes                      112
Creole Music—The Effect of Spanish Influences.— Obscenity of Native African Dances.—Relics in the Antilles.—The Habanera.—Dance-Tunes from Mar­tinique.
Chapter X. Songs of the Black Creoles                               127
The Language of the Afro-American Folksongs.— Phonetic Changes in English.—Grammar of the Creole Patois.—Making French Compact and Musi­cal.—Dr. Mercier's Pamphlet.—Creole Love-Songs.
Chapter XI. Satirical Songs of the Creoles                          140
A Classification of Slave Songs.—The Use of Music in Satire.—African Minstrels.—The Carnival in Mar­tinique.—West Indian Ptllards—Old Boscoyo's Song in New Orleans.—Conclusion.—An American School of Composition.
Appendix of Ten Characteristic Songs                                  157
Index                                                                                171
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