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ERIC Number: ED082255
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Nov
Pages: 47
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The Rhetorical Dimensions of Black Music Past and Present.
Baker, David N.
Examination of lyrics of the blues and jazz forms of black music indicates their importance as communication. Contemporary styles can be divided into five overlapping categories: (1) "mainstream," the post-"bebop" style and soul jazz; (2) jazz influenced by other ethnic music; (3) the avant-garde jazz, which is often nationalistic and of social importance; (4) "thirdstream," a combination of jazz with European classical concert styles; and (5) the new, diversified liturgical music. Aside from lyrics, there are musical signals that are of communicational importance to blacks because of special uses of rhythm, melody, inflection, scale patterns, harmony, and improvisation. Black music has been largely influenced by two durable styles that possess tested communicative powers. One is the antiphonal (call and response) song, issuing directly from African traditions. The other is the blues, the foundation of much popular black music and an embodiment of those elements which characterize black culture and the life style of blacks. (Included in this document are outlines for four courses on black music and an extensive reading list.) (RN)
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Authoring Institution: Speech Communication Association, New York, NY.