News, Project — January 29, 2014 at 5:40 pm

Lezione di Canto # 1

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African American Character of Gospel Music: Gospel music incorporates distinctly African American traditions of performance and worship, reflecting the character of African American spirituality. The essence of gospel performance is participation. Gospel singers employ a wide range of vocal techniques and colorings to make their music emotionally compelling and to draw their listeners in. As is true in jazz and blues, gospel musicians stress expressive range over tonal purity. They puntuate their singing with growls, dips, slides, blue notes, moans, and falsetto effects – techniques that would not seem musical to anyone schooled in the conventions of european classical music. As in jazz and blues, gospel music highlights individual expression through improvised, spontaneous creation.

(Africana: the Encyclopedia of African and African American Experience -Kwane Anthont Appiah, Henry Louis Gates Jr.)

 

 

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