Black Music in the Harlem Renaissance: A Collection of Essays / Edition 1

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This work provides an in-depth look at the role of black music within the Harlem Renaissance movement, suggesting its primacy to Renaissance philosophy and practice. Floyd holds that the music of this period was also the source of certain ambivalent attitudes on the part of the black leadership. The book features essays on various subjects including musical theatre, Duke Ellington, black music and musicians in England, concert singers and the interrelationships between black painters and music. It also includes a music bibliography of works composed during the period.
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Paper edition of the 1990 Greenwood Press work which was initiated as a special issue of Black Music Research Journal but grew too big for that format. Ten essays address a variety of subjects connected with African-American music of the 1920s, e.g. vocal concert music, musical theater, Duke Ellington, and the relationship of the music to literature and art. Includes an extensive bibliography of works composed during the period. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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SAMUEL A. FLOYD, JR., is Director of the Center for Black Music Research, Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois.

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Table of Contents


Music in the Harlem Renaissance: An Overview

Vindication as a Thematic Principle in the Writings of Alain Locke on the Music of Black Americans

Vocal Concert Music in the Harlem Renaissance

Harlem Renaissance Ideals in the Music of Robert Nathaniel Dett

William Grant Still, Florence Price, and William Dawson: Echoes of the Harlem Renaissance

Black Musical Theatre and the Harlem Renaissance Movement

The Renaissance Education of Duke Ellington

Interactions between Writers and Music during the Harlem Renaissance

Interactions between Art and Music during the Harlem Renaissance

The Negro Renaissance and England

Bibliography of the Music: The Concert Music of the Harlem Renaissance Composers, 1919-1935


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