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The Glory Field: American Music

Abby and Elijah said they were the new breed. One new type of expression during this time frame was music. During the section labeled 1900 ragtme music was the new thing. Just one of the music evolutionss that took place in the novel.
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Michelle Walker

on 14 March 2013

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Transcript of The Glory Field: American Music

The Glory Field American music, in most of its various forms, can be traced back to the music of the earliest African-Americans. Even though these Americans came here under the worst of circumstances, they still brought with them traditions, and developed new traditions of their own, that have grown into what is recognized around the world today as American music. Musicians, like other artists, are usually quick to give credit where credit is due. Just as a writer quotes his sources, a musician credits those musicians who inspired him. In the case of the early African-Americans, that is not always easy. Many of the slaves who brought musical traditions from Africa will never be known by name. No one wrote their history. Many of the slaves who sang work songs in the fields will never be known by name. No one wrote their history either. However, there is a lot that we do know. SPIRITUALS The first well-recognized form of African-American music was spirituals. Spirituals have a strong rhythm. They are often sung by a group, sometimes with a leader, who sings a line or two alone and a chorus that sings the refrain. Spirituals originated in the Southern United States. Spirituals sung by slaves often expressed the hope for freedom that was so important in their lives. After slavery ended, spirituals began to spread to other parts of the United States. Spirituals influenced the development of another well-known form of Americans music - the Blues Jazz Eventually elements from all of these forms of music and more came back together. In their own kind of melting pot, African rhythms, slave work songs, spirituals, blues, ragtime, and other influences recombined to form the beginnings of that truly American art form - jazz. In the late 1800's jazz was just beginning, but not long after the turn of the century, it would be the most popular American music. It would go on from there to worldwide popularity. Jazz would branch out into many forms and it would influence furture styles of American music. American Music "If you thinking about playing that fast music you better find some other place to play it than around the house," Elijah said. "You know Grandma Saran said that ain't nothing but the devil's music."
"Ragtime ain't the devil's music. The devil ain't got no music. You think that go music down in hell?" In your notebooks write this heading - Ragtime Music. Listen to the clips, after the two clips list three interesting facts about ragtime music History In your notebook answer the following question: Why do you think music was a popular way for slaves to express themselves? Blues The blues were a more individual style of music than spirituals. Blues were often sung solo and sometimes they were accompanied by guitar music. The blues were often about sadness and facing troubles. They could also be funny, positive, and even defiant How can the music we have listened to in class help us to understand African American history? Provide examples to explain your answer

What type of music do you listen to and why?

100 years from now if someone were studying our society, what could they learn from the music we listen to? How did this video pay homage (respect) to music history?
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