Index to African-American Spirituals for the Solo Voice

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Overview

Spirituals were an intrinsic part of the African-American plantation life and were sung at all important occasions and events. This volume is the first index of African-American spirituals to be published in more than half a century and will be an important research tool for scholars and students of African-American history and music. The first collection of slave songs appeared in 1843, without musical notation, in a series of three articles by a Methodist Church missionary identified simply as c. Collections that included musical notation began appearing in the 1850s. The earliest book-length collection of spirituals containing both lyrics and music was published in 1867 and entitled Slave Songs of the United States. Not since the 1930s, with the publication of the Index to Negro Spirituals by the Cleveland Public Library, has an index of spirituals been compiled.

The spirituals are neatly organized in four indexes: a title index, first line index, alternate title index and a topical index that includes twenty major categories. A bibliography of indexed sources serves as a guide for further research.

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An easy-to-use, extensively cross-referenced index to spirituals located in over sixty sources. Songs are listed in title, first line, alternate title, and topical indices. Each entry notes the elements in each source; for example, Death Ain't Nothing But a Robber is located in Erskine Peters' Lyrics of the Afro-American Spiritual on page eight, and includes only text, not melody or other music. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Meet the Author

KATHLEEN A. ABROMEIT is the Conservatory Public Services Librarian at Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
Bibliography 1
Title Index 9
First Line Index 77
Alternate Title Index 145
Topical Index
Admonition/Judgement 179
Aspiration 181
Christmas 182
Church 182
Death 182
Deliverance 184
Easter 185
Faith/Assurance 185
Heaven 188
Jesus 190
New Testament 191
Old Testament 191
Praise 192
Prayer 193
Rituals of Preparation for Renewal/Regeneration 194
Satan 195
Songs of Spiritual Journey 195
Suffering 197
Women 198
Work Songs 198
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