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These notes cover Minstrelsy: Pop-Culture Ridicule or Culture-Critical Alter Ego?
America's Musical Life
Dr. Joel Haney
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Victoria Notetaker on Monday October 3, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to MUSC 3039 at California State University - Bakersfield taught by Dr. Joel Haney in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 3 views. For similar materials see America's Musical Life in Music History at California State University - Bakersfield.


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Date Created: 10/03/16
Music 3039: Study Questions 7 Minstrelsy Questions 1) Which musical genre served as a high-culture foil to blackface minstrelsy? Name several features of minstrel-show music that white audiences valued for their difference from musical high culture. Public, popular-sphere Race relations, sex, social class (stereotypes on the stage of different classes) Music consisted of 3 chords Minstril Strip down orchestra consisting of: fidel, bones (drums), tambourine, and banjo. Rhythm: strong and driving Performing style 2) What two broad musical traditions did minstrel musicians draw on in creating their music? Provide examples. Anglo-American folk music: “Old Dan Tucker” African American music 3) How did minstrelsy go beyond merely ridiculing the images Euro-Americans had of African- Americans? What else did it provide an opportunity for? Foster, “Old Folks at Home” (1851) - pentatonic scale, Irish folk music 4) Why were some minstrel songs repurposed in the nineteenth century, and in what contexts? Provide examples. “Dixie” “Get off the track!” “Old Dan Tucker” Terms blackface minstrelsy- ​white performers blackening their faces creating ridiculing representations of African Americans; most popular form of entertainment in 19th Century America- died out around WWII. Virginia Minstrels- ​First organized minstrel group Formed in 1843, NYC Daniel Emmet (leader) credited for writing the group’s most famous song, “Old Dan Tucker” (1843) Hutchinson Family Singers- ​Active abolitionist, sang at anti-slavery rallies. Jessie Hutchinson, Jr’s song “Get off the track” was about slavery. Song was formed by music from “Old Dan Tucker” American Civil War- ​1861- April 1865, southern general surrendered to northern general. Most famous song during the Civil War was “Dixie,” confederacies used at rally. First presented on a minstrel stage in 1869 in NYC. Daniel Emmet was credited for this song. appropriation of a minstrel song


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