The Books Of American Negro Spirituals

The Books Of American Negro Spirituals

by James Weldon Johnson, J. Rosamond Johnson

Paperback(2 BKS IN 1)

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This stirring collection of Negro spirituals, edited by the great Negro poet James Weldon Johnson and arranged for voice and piano by his brother J. Rosamond Johnson, presents 120 of these melodic — and intensely moving — religious folk songs for contemporary performance. The original language has been faithfully preserved in this convenient performing edition, so that the spirituals can be sung today exactly as they were more than a hundred years ago. Included in this special, two-volumes-in-one publication are such perennial favorites as Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Deep River, Joshua Fit de Battle of Jericho, and Go Down Moses — songs handed down from generation to generation in a rich oral tradition, and painstakingly assembled and edited for the enjoyment of future generations. The songs are prefaced by James Weldon Johnson's masterful discussions of their origins, musical quality, and historical significance. Above all, he stresses the essential dignity of the Negro spirituals, which, though no doubt inspired by the religious faith of their masters, — are purely and solely the creation of the American Negro.

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ISBN-13: 9780306812026
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 11/27/2002
Edition description: 2 BKS IN 1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 662,849
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) is recognized alongside W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington as one of the most respected interpreters of the black experience.

Composer J. Rosamond Johnson (1873-1954) was an authority on Negro spirituals.

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