Sacred Symphony

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The first and only collection of its kind, Sacred Symphony contains 100 transcriptions of muscial excerpts from the chanted sermons of contemporary black preachers. In his introduction to the pieces that follow, author John Michael Spencer argues that there is an observable correlation between the chanted sermons of today's black preachers and the antebellum spiritual. He shows that the pieces collected here, each of which spontaneously evolved during the course of a sermon or prayer service, are themselves spirituals containing similar musical components--melody, rhythm, call and response, counterpoint, harmony, form, and improvisation.

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Meet the Author

JON MICHAEL SPENCER is Visiting Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Music and Divinity School at Duke University.

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Table of Contents




Give Me Jesus

You Must Have That True Religion

Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel?

A Little Talk With Jesus Makes It Right

Every Time I Feel The Spirit

Ride On, King Jesus

In that Great Gettin' Up Morning

Everybody Talkin' 'Bout Heaven Ain't Goin' There

Don't Be Weary Traveler

Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?

Walking Together Children

Selected Bibliography

Index of First Lines


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