Janet Jackson

JANET JACKSON

On The Making of Rhythm Nation "Before I ever started work on Rhythm Nation, I knew that I didn't want to make another album like Control. Control was about my life; Rhythm Nation is about what's going on in the world around us. The theme of the album is people...
Antonín Dvořák

BLACK SPIRITUAL

Themes in Dvorak's "New World Symphony" by F.R. Singleton  The renowned Czech composer Antonín Dvořák recognized the significance of Negro spirituals and the contributions they made to American culture in his most famous symphony, "From The New World."  In 1892  Dvorak came to the United States to direct the National Conservatory in...

The Birth Of The Blues

by Guadulesa As Blacks migrated in the late 1800's from the Mississippi Delta, they carried their songs to industrial centers like St. Louis and Chicago. The blues, spirituals accompanied by staccato handclaps and the foot-produced drum sounds of plantation dances all came together as Blacks congregated in the Northern cities. By...
negro spiritual culture
Expressions from a bitter-sweet past. by Dorothy Kitchen The history of the spiritual goes back to the beginning of the African slave trade in the American colonies in 1619. Millions of men, women and children were brought to this country from different parts of Africa. Those who survived were forced into...
Public Enemyvideo
The Public Enemy's account of the slave trade, this country's worst crime. Bass in your face Not an eight track getting' it good to the wood so the people Give you some a dat reactin' to the fax that I kick and it stick And it stay around Pointin' to...

Black Spirituals

Themes In Dvorak's New World Symphony Negro Spiritual Themes Used in Antonin Dvorak's The New World Symphony Fifth Symphony in E Minor, Op 5 By F.R. Singleton The renowned Czech composer Antonín Dvořák recognized the significance of Negro spirituals and the contributions they made to American culture in his most famous symphony, “From...
Negro Spirituals

Singing

A Legacy of Hope by Phylis Vander Naald Smiles spread across the soprano section as the singers congratulate themselves on maneuvering through an awkward transition in the Negro spiritual "Poor Man Lazarus." They have rehearsed the song with its difficult harmonies only a few times. At the piano, director Kathryn...
MARIAN ANDERSON
  by Anne Tedards I would be fooling myself," Marian Anderson once wrote, "to think that I was meant to be a fearless fighter; I was not meant to be a soprano instead of a contralto." Nevertheless, in the spring of 1939, Anderson found herself in the middle of a...