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Slave songs of the Georgia Sea Islands

Author: Lydia Parrish; Creighton Churchill; Robert MacGimsey
Publisher: New York : Creative Age Press, 1942.
Edition/Format:   Musical score : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A valuable collection of folk music and lore from the Gullah culture, Slave Songs of the Georgia Sea Islands preserves the rich traditions of slave descendants on the barrier islands of Georgia by interweaving their music with descriptions of their language, religious and social customs, and material culture. Collected over a period of nearly twenty-five years by Lydia Parrish, the sixty folk songs and attendant  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Art music
Music
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Slave songs of the Georgia Sea Islands.
New York : Creative Age Press, 1942
(OCoLC)891418371
Document Type: Musical Score
All Authors / Contributors: Lydia Parrish; Creighton Churchill; Robert MacGimsey
OCLC Number: 1471906
Notes: For solo voice or various combinations of voices, principally unacc.
Description: xxxi pages, 256 pages of music : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Rockah mh moomba --
I wok om a mo-na --
Fal-le-well Shisha Maley --
Byum By-e --
Ha'k 'e angels --
Until I die --
Where was Peter --
Plumb de line --
Down to de Mire --
Eli ah can't stan' --
Moonlight- Starlight --
Knee-bone --
Blow Gabriel --
Good-bye everybody --
Emma you my darlin' --
Go roun' the border Susie --
Sangaree --
It's cold frosty mornin' --
Throw me anywhere --
Gimme him --
Way down in the ole Peedee --
Johnny come a long time --
I jing-a-ling --
Believer I know --
Norah, hist the windah --
That suits me --
Wasn' that a wonder --
I heard the angels singin' --
Can't hide sinner --
John, John --
When I rise cryin' holy --
No hidin' place --
Livin' humble --
Swing low sweet chariot --
Zion --
My God is a rock in a weary land --
Wade in nuh watuh childun --
Sabbath has no end --
In that old field --
Jesus gon tuh make up my dyin' bed --
O de robe --
Ride on conquering king --
Aye Lord, time is drawin' nigh --
Nummer me one --
In some lonesome graveyard --
Call me hangin' Johnny --
Knock a man down --
Sandy Anna --
Pay me my money down --
Debt I owe --
Ragged leevy --
Good-bye my Riley o --
Ole Tar River --
Shilo Brown --
Anniebelle --
Do remember --
Peas an' the rice --
Oh when I come to die --
Five fingers in the boll.
Responsibility: by Lydia Parrish ; music transcribed by Creighton Churchill and Robert MacGimsey ; introduction by Olin Downes.

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A valuable collection of folk music and lore from the Gullah culture, Slave Songs of the Georgia Sea Islands preserves the rich traditions of slave descendants on the barrier islands of Georgia by interweaving their music with descriptions of their language, religious and social customs, and material culture. Collected over a period of nearly twenty-five years by Lydia Parrish, the sixty folk songs and attendant lore included in this book are evidence of antebellum traditions kept alive in the relatively isolated coastal regions of Georgia. Over the years, Parrish won the confidence of many of the African-American singers, not only collecting their songs but also discovering other elements of traditional culture that formed the context of those songs. When it was first published in 1942, Slave Songs of the Georgia Sea Islands contained much material that had not previously appeared in print. The songs are grouped in categories, including African survival songs; shout songs; ring-play, dance, and fiddle songs; and religious and work songs. In additions to the lyrics and melodies, Slave Songs includes Lydia Parrish's explanatory notes, character sketches of her informants, anecdotes, and a striking portfolio of photographs.

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