For each selection, discuss your impressions (apart from liking or disliking). What context would’ve produced this sort of music, and for what purpose? Also, what similarities do you see between these selections and later popular music? African American: “Maple Leaf Rag” (Scott Joplin, 1899)Links to an external site. “Lift Every Voice and Sing” (James W. and John R. Johnson, 1900/1905)Links to an external site. Appalachian vernacular: “Washington County Fox Chase” (Vance’s Tennessee Breakdowners)Links to an external site. “Wildwood Flower” (Carter Family, 1928)Links to an external site. Commercial popular music: “Sidewalks of New York” (James Blake and Charles Lawlor, 1894)Links to an external site.
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