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Andre J. Thomas: Way Over in Beulah Lan'

Understanding and Performing the Negro Spiritual




Understanding The Spiritual


The Origin and Development of The Spiritual


From Oral Tradition To The Printed Page


Beyond The Printed Page To Shaping An Art


Performing The Spiritual


From The Printed Page To The Concert Stage


Reflections On Six Spirituals


Interviews With Dr. Anton Armstrong and Prof Judith Willoughby

Renowned choral conductor and educator Andre J. Thomas has crafted a book that the conductor of any choral ensemble-be it church, high school, university, or professional will want close at hand when preparing to program any concert spiritual. Understanding the Spiritual, the first of the book's two sections, includes an exploration of the beginnings of the spiritual, its role in society and its transition into art music. Issues of interpretation-text, diction, rhythm and tempo-are addressed in the second section, Performing the Spiritual. In addition to interviews with noted conductors Dr. Anton Armstrong and Prof. Judith Willoughby as to matters of performance and selection, the centerpiece of this section is Dr. Thomas's personal reflections on several spiritual arrangements, including his rehearsal techniques (with specific examples and measure-number references to the included scores), as well as an insightful look into his decisions of interpretation.

Item code: 6487B | Songbook | $34.95 |add item to cart
Gospel  | 272 Pages | Softcover | 7 x 10
9780893287238 | 30/2268H

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