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Archive for June 24, 2015

Signifyin’ in Song: How the Sounds of Slavery Changed Music Forever

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African-American spirituals are not just a cornerstone of the American choral tradition, they have impacted countless genres of music heard everywhere from saloons to symphony halls. Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor, “From the New World,” borrows heavily from African-American musical traditions, and spirituals in particular.