Download PDF by Robert W. Halli Jr.: An Alabama Songbook: Ballads, Folksongs, and Spirituals
By Robert W. Halli Jr.
Alabama is a nation wealthy in folksong culture, from outdated English ballads sung alongside the Tennessee River to kid's video game songs performed in cellular, from the rhythmic paintings songs of the railroad gandy dancers of Gadsden to the spirituals of the Black Belt. The musical background of blacks and whites, wealthy and negative, hill folks and cotton farmers, those songs suffer as a residing a part of the state's diverse past.
In the mid Nineteen Forties Byron Arnold, an keen younger tune professor from The college of Alabama, got down to locate and list as a lot of those songs as he may possibly and was once rewarded through unstinting cooperation from many informants. Mrs. Julia Greer Marechal of cellular, for instance, was once ninety years previous, blind, and a semi-invalid, yet she sang for Arnold for 3 hours, permitting the recording of 33 songs and onerous Arnold and his technician. Helped via such dwelling repositories as Mrs. Marechal, the Arnold assortment grew to good over 500 songs, augmented by way of box notes and noteworthy biographical details at the singers.
An Alabama Songbook is the results of Arnold's efforts and people of his informants around the country and has been formed through Robert W. Halli Jr. right into a narrative enriched through greater than 2 hundred major songs-lullabies, Civil struggle anthems, African-American gospel and secular songs, mess around tunes, temperance songs, love ballads, play-party rhymes, and paintings songs. within the culture of Alan Lomax's The people Songs of North America and Vance Randolph's Ozark Folksongs, this quantity will attract normal audiences, folklorists, ethnomusicologists, preservationists, conventional musicians, and historians.
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An Alabama Songbook: Ballads, Folksongs, and Spirituals Collected by Byron Arnold by Robert W. Halli Jr.