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An analysis of performance practices in African American gospel music: rhythm, lyric treatment and structures in improvisation and accompaniment

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Legg, A and Philpott, C, An analysis of performance practices in African American gospel music: rhythm, lyric treatment and structures in improvisation and accompaniment, Popular Music, 32, (2) pp. 197-225. ISSN 0261-1430 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2013 Cambridge University Press

Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0261143013000044

DOI: doi:10.1017/S0261143015000264

Abstract

African American gospel music is a unique and distinctive idiom that has had a pervasive influence upon the development of contemporary popular music. While there are now many sources available on African American gospel music, the focus of the vast majority of these studies is on the sociological, historical and stylistic aspects of the genre, rather than on identifying and codifying specific musical characteristics and performance practices. This paper extends the discussion of gospel singing techniques in Andrew Legg’s 2010 article ‘A taxonomy of musical gesture in African American gospel music’ (Popular Music, 29/1) by examining some of the key performance practices associated with rhythm and lyric treatment in African American gospel music, as well as common structures in gospel music improvisation and accompaniment. Through analysis of selected recordings, this research proposes a codified frame of reference for the definition and discussion of terminologies and performance practice techniques inherent within African American gospel music.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Performing Arts and Creative Writing
Research Field:Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Arts and Leisure
Objective Field:Arts and Leisure not elsewhere classified
Author:Legg, A (Associate Professor Andrew Legg)
Author:Philpott, C (Dr Carolyn Philpott)
ID Code:94943
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Tasmanian College of the Arts
Deposited On:2014-09-22
Last Modified:2016-03-23
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