“Say Four Come …”
This introductory chapter provides an overview of the main themes covered in the present book. In the early twentieth century there were countless initiatives, at both national and local levels, to provide black vocal music training. The aim was to disseminate knowledge of vocal music and four-part harmony singing among the African American masses, in order to raise the standard of musical culture. The impetus for music training can be attributed to the surprising commercial success of Original Fisk University Jubilee Singers.
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