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Popular among the minstrel singers was a tune that originated in the work of one of the first of the black-faced impressionists, Bob although the claim is sometimes made that another early blackface minstrel, George Washington Dixon, composed it. " NoFarrell, body now alive remembers when "Zip Coon" or "Turkey in the Straw" was not the musical symbol of life on the farm, of the country But popular and other "coon songs" were and are, much more successful in the nineteenth century were the songs written for E.

The changes in form which an initial with melodic and harmonic repeated slight the second four bars and then again with more significant basic blues four-bar statement is a twelve-bar chorus, in is variation in the last four bars. compared, as The lyric Richard Wright has put it, form of to a this chorus can be man walking around a chair clockwise (the first four bars), then walking around it again counterclockwise (the next four), and then standing aside and giving a full judgment upon it (the last four bars).

Of auditions, simply does not break down into a structured rhythmic music; there are shifts of time and points and counterpoints of rhythm that make accurate notation impossible. As for the melodic qualities and quantities of African music, these too are shaped by a tonal and rhythmic conception entirely outside the Western diatonic tradition. To speak of the blue notes the flattened third and seventh they are inflected against their natural position within a fixed key, or the alterations of pitch of jazz singers or instrumentalists, or their as glissandos, as American developments of African music is to talk unlettered nonsense.

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