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To Do This, You Must Know HowMusic Pedagogy in the Black Gospel Quartet Tradition$
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Lynn Abbot and Doug Seroff

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617036750

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617036750.001.0001

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John Work II and the Resurrection of the Negro Spiritual in Nashville

John Work II and the Resurrection of the Negro Spiritual in Nashville

(p.11) Chapter One John Work II and the Resurrection of the Negro Spiritual in Nashville
To Do This, You Must Know How

Lynn Abbott

Doug Seroff

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter focuses on the life and career of John Wesley Work II, who organized and sang tenor for the illustrious Fisk Jubilee Quartet. Work also collected and published Negro folk songs, and trained numerous student choirs and glee clubs. His greatest accomplishment may have been inspiring and awakening the Fisk student body, a cadre of future southern educators, to the cultural significance of spiritual singing. In doing so, Work gave direction to an outspreading legacy of music instruction and voice training.

Keywords:   spiritual signing, Fisk Jubilee Quartet, Negro folk songs, voice training, music education

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