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Negro music and American. Negro music and American exploration of it and its impact on American culture. Here is your host for the survey's Tony look at Bach ragtime music was contemporary with the earliest jazz and had a great influence on it. It is however a separate body of music which there are many written examples in existence that date back to before the turn of the century. This is not true of jazz which is an improvised music that exists for posterity only on records. This points up the essential difference between ragtime and jazz for Ragtime is a composed music in the same manner as a classical composer. The ragtime composer conceives a whole composition with all its parts ragtime compositions have four equal themes each one as important as the other. An interesting thought about ragtime is that the
Mississippi River played a part similar to its role in the classical jazz story only in reverse. In this case Midwestern ragtime particularly from Missouri floated downstream to New Orleans where men like Tony Jackson Jelly Roll Morton and Joe Oliver played it and adapted it sounded their own uses. It is my personal belief that the Cakewalk the plantation slave dance that became an international craze whether it's afro american syncopations was responsible for the trend of composing using more and more folk tunes with more and more banjo syncopation until it became piano rag. The major composers of ragtime were Scott Joplin James God and Joseph lamb. Dobson was a curator of genius who put ragtime on a classic level. Our first number is one of the few ragtime waltzes written in a fine example of Joplin's beautiful rag compositions. The bit Thena was played by John ARP and. In the year nineteen hundred and Horace P. Bezler composed a cakewalk and called
after the possum. And here it is played by Trevor J Titian in St. Louis. You a cannon's Bill Daley is probably the best known rag song that was ever written
and I believe it is popular and well-known today as it was when it was written in 1992 Bill Daley played by Jonathan. Next week we have some great instrumental running and Floyd here.
Negro music in America with Tony look at Bach presented transcribed by the SEIU Radio Network. On us again next week as we continue our exploration of the negro and American music. This is the SEIU Broadcasting Service. This program was distributed by national educational radio. This is the national educational radio network.
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Negro music in America
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WSIU 8 (Television station : Carbondale, Ill.)
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University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland)
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Episode Description
This program, the twenty ninth of thirty nine parts, presents various examples of African-American folk and jazz music.
Series Description
This series focuses on music created and performed by African-Americans, including folk, and jazz styles. This series is hosted by Anton Luckenbach of Carbondale, Illinois, who also gathered interviews in New Orleans for this series.
Broadcast Date
Race and Ethnicity
Media type
Host: Luckenbach, Anton
Producing Organization: WSIU 8 (Television station : Carbondale, Ill.)
AAPB Contributor Holdings
University of Maryland
Identifier: 67-1-29 (National Association of Educational Broadcasters)
Format: 1/4 inch audio tape
Duration: 00:14:22
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