Spirituals, Hymns, and Gospel: Black Religious Music

Course Dates: 
June 15, 22, 29, July 6, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Bruce Nemerov
Course Catalogs: 
2015 Summer

1st four weeks

Beginning in the last third of the nineteenth century, black vernacular religious music became, for white America, the best-known example of that culture’s artistic expression.  But the music was not a static form, nor was it viewed in the same way by African-Americans as by mainstream America.  This course will trace the major currents of the spirituals, hymns, and gospel songs within, and without, the black communities where they were created and refined.

Bruce Nemerov (bnemerov@gmail.com) is a writer and musician.  He has produced and played on countless recordings, including the Grammy-winning CD John Work III: Recording Black Culture (2007).  Bruce is co-author of The Story Behind the Song (Greenwood Press, 2000) and co-editor of Lost Delta Found (Vanderbilt Univ. Press, 2005).