Negro Folk Rhymes Wise & Otherwise - online book

A detailed study of Negro folk music, includes lyrics & sheet music samples.

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As every informed person knows, the Plantation Melodies, or "Negro Spirituals" of the American slave were first introduced to the world at large by Fisk University through the indomitable courage of Mr. George L. White and the musical genius of the original Jubilee Singers who started on their famous tours of America and Europe on the 6th of October, 1871. Even the name Jubilee, which is so common now, was first used in con­nection with this music by the Fisk Singers and still properly signifies the music sung by representatives of Fisk University.
The Negro Folk Song
Professor John W. Work of Fisk University has written, and the University has published, an interpretation of the plantation music. This volume, which is highly appreciated by those interested either in music or in the Negro, can be obtained through the University. It may be considered as the first of Fisk University publications, just as Professor Talley's book on Negro Folk Rhymes is the second publication.
Fisk University Music School
The very extended training in music given at Fisk University has been recognized by many as entitling that school to rank as the leading music school of the colored people of the United States. Applications for admission to training are always in excess of the facilities of the school.
Best Education for the Least Money
Fisk University has always struggled for standards. It sifts its students in order that out of the many who seek admission, the best shall be afforded opportunity to enter. Applicants by the hundreds are unable to come because of the limited space in the dormitories.
Fisk Lives by the Support of the Generous Public
Fisk has always been a project of faith. It continues to believe that it will receive support if it proves worthy. It seeks an opportunity to present its case to all those interested in the provision of a genuinely equal opportunity for the best education for the best students among the colored people having the least money. The institution and its every student i9 ex­pected to practice economy, live simply, work hard, and think well.
Inquiries concerning the University will be welcomed by
Fayette Avery McKenzie, September 17, 1921.                                                         President.
Nashville, Tennessee.