Label: Mirasound - SGLP 6047 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Stereo • Country: Netherlands • Genre: Funk / Soul, Folk, World, & Country • Style: Gospel
The term has mostly been used to indicate a religious Negro folk-song, originating firstly in the South of the United states during the slavery period. Although born in slavery its traditions have been continued and the Spiritual as a musical genre continues to this day.
According to noted Negro musician Dr. Rosamond Johnson, who has studied, sung and composed the music of his race very extensively, defines a Spiritual as "an American Negro folk-song, who's rhythm derived from the African tom-tom beat, with the substance of its text based on prayer and religious fervour; set to the characteristic musical cadence of Negro melody. Johnson's collection of Spirituals, puts it in slightly different words when he writes, "They are religious folk-songs origi- nated by the Negro in the South and used strictly for purposes of religious worship.
Burleigh, who is equally well known as a composer and as soloist of St. George's Church, New York, defines a Spiritual as follows:. They were never composed but sprang into life ready made from the heat of religious fervour, during some protracted meeting in camp or church, as the simple, ecstatic utterance of wholly untutored minds, and are practically the only music of America which meets the scientific definition of folk-song.
Burleigh then goes on to state that deep spirituality and rhythm are essential components and makes the rather impressive statement that the voice is not so important as the spirit.
It would appear from these various definitions that there are several fundamental properties of the Spiritual, namely: origin among Southern Negro folk, O My Soul - Henry Blackmon / Bertha Swedenburg - Geestelijke Liederen En Negro Spir it shall have grown up uncomposed, its subject matter religion, and possessed of much fervour; a characteristic melody; its rhythm based on the native African tom-tom beat and finally, that it should be the spontaneous outpouring of the spirit.
They are suited to communal singing, often use a call-and-response structure, with between the leader and the group. Some of the songs extend to several screens. Should you need version of the song, for printing without banners or adverts an PDF file is available for downloading by the link at the bottom of the song pages. There are also many other Christian pieces on this site which are included with other collections, e.
With lyrics plus printable PDF for download. George's Children Of Sierra Leone - Bumblefoot - 9.11, New York, defines a Spiritual as follows: "The plantation songs known as Spirituals are the spontaneous outpourings of intense religious fervour and have their origin chiefly in camp-meetings, revivals, and other religious exercises.
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