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Lining out the word : Dr. Watts hymn singing in the music of Black Americans

Author: William T Dargan; Isaac Watts
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press ; [Chicago] : Center for Black Music Research, Columbia College Chicago, ©2006.
Series: Music of the African diaspora, 8.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is the first book to take a close look at an important and little-studied component of African American music, one that has roots in Europe, but was adapted by African American congregations and went on to have a profound influence on music of all kinds--from gospel to soul to jazz. "Lining out," also called Dr. Watts hymn singing, refers to hymns sung to a limited selection of familiar tunes, intoned a line at  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William T Dargan; Isaac Watts
ISBN: 0520234480 9780520234482
OCLC Number: 56334106
Notes: "The George Gund Foundation imprint in African American studies"--Preliminary page.
Description: xvi, 320 pages : music ; 24 cm.
Contents: The proverbial trees : patterns of change in African American music making. "Blest be the tie that binds," part I : congregational singing as a worship ethos for Dr. Watts hymns ; "Blest be the tie that binds," part II : regional style traditions of Dr. Watts hymn singing ; "Our God, our help in ages past" : the tradition of Dr. Watts in English historical perspective ; "Father, I stretch my hands to thee" : the tradition of Dr. Watts in African historical perspective ; "I love the Lord, he heard my cries" : the role of Dr. Watts hymns in the musical acculturation of African Americans ; "Go preach my gospel, saith the Lord" : words as movers and shakers in African American music --
The proverbial forest : webs of significance in African American music making. "I heard the voice of Jesus say" : the singing life of the Reverend Doctor C.J. Johnson (1913-1990) ; "Come ye that love the Lord" : the lining out-ring shout continuum and the five-key sequence ; "God moves in a mysterious way" : the lining out-ring shout continuum beyond church walls.
Series Title: Music of the African diaspora, 8.
Responsibility: William T. Dargan.
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Traces the history of lining out from the time of slavery, when African American slaves adapted the practice for their own uses, blending it with other music, such as work songs. This book explores  Read more...

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