Lining Out the Word: Dr. Watts Hymn Singing in the Music of Black Americans

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University of California Press, 27.06.2006 г. - 337 страници
This book, a milestone in American music scholarship, is the first 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 a time by a leader and taken up in turn by the congregation. From its origins in seventeenth-century England to the current practice of lining out among some Baptist congregations in the American South today, William Dargan’s study illuminates a unique American music genre in a richly textured narrative that stretches from Isaac Watts to Aretha Franklin and Ornette Coleman.

Lining Out the Word 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. Dargan explores the role of lining out in worship and pursues the cultural implications of this practice far beyond the limits of the church, showing how African Americans wove African and European elements together to produce a powerful and unique cultural idiom. Drawing from an extraordinary range of sources—including his own fieldwork and oral sources—Dargan offers a compelling new perspective on the emergence of African American music in the United States.

Copub: Center for Black Music Research
 

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Blest Be the Tie That Binds Part I Congregational Singing as a Worship Ethos for Dr Watts Hymns
23
Blest Be the Tie That Binds Part II Regional Style Traditions of Dr Watts Hymn Singing
46
Our God Our Help in Ages Past The Tradition of Dr Watts in English Historical Perspective
90
Father I Stretch My Hands to Thee The Tradition of Dr Watts in African Historical Perspective
103
I Love the Lord He Heard My Cries The Role of Dr Watts Hymns in the Musical Acculturation of African Americans
120
Go Preach My Gospel Saith the Lord Words as Movers and Shakers in African American Music
140
THE PROVERBIAL FOREST WEBS OF SIGNIFICANCE IN AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC MAKING
167
I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say The Singing Life of the Reverend Doctor CJ Johnson 19131990
169
God Moves in a Mysterious Way The Lining OutRing Shout Continuum beyond Church Walls
214
Conclusion
235
Selection of Transcribed and Discussed Performances
243
Partial Annotated List of Recorded LiningOut Performances Held in the Archive of Folk Culture Library of Congress
257
NOTES
261
BIBLIOGRAPHY
285
DISCOGRAPHY
303
INDEX
305

Come Ye That Love the Lord The Lining OutRing Shout Continuum and the FiveKey Sequence
193

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William T. Dargan is Professor of Music at Saint Augustine’s College.

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