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Racial Uplift and American Music, 1878-1943$
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Lawrence Schenbeck

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617032295

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617032295.001.0001

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Nathaniel Dett and Romantic Nationalism

Nathaniel Dett and Romantic Nationalism

(p.108) Chapter 3 Nathaniel Dett and Romantic Nationalism
Racial Uplift and American Music, 1878-1943

Lawrence Schenbeck

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter discusses Nathaniel Dett’s contribution in the advancement of black American music. It explains that Dett was one of the few learned African American composers who championed the cause of the use of black American folk songs as a basis for Western Classical compositions in the romantic-nationalist thought. This chapter adds that throughout his life, Dett advocated the use of “Negro music” in larger forms, as seen from his book The International Cyclopedia of Music and Musicians (1938).

Keywords:   black American music, Nathaniel Dett, The International Cyclopedia of Music and Musicians, Western Classical compositions, black American folk songs

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