True Colors of the Blues

Origin and Characteristics The Blues originated in the Mississippi Delta in the late 1800s. Blues music was originally a folk music that was popular among former slaves. The Blues spread all around the United States with the Great Migration, but when it reached more urban areas, various Blues-hybrid styles emerged. Most Blues music is comprised […]

Bebop Jazz

Origin & Characteristics Bebop is a style of Jazz that was developed in the 1940s. As more and more musicians were sent overseas to fight in WWII, the big bands that were key to the swing genre were split up, leading to the end of swing. Because of this, musical groups became smaller. Bebop groups […]

Ragtime: Joplin’s Joy

Origin and Characteristics Ragtime is a musical style that emerged during the time period of 1896 and 1920. It was first played in saloons, bars, brothels, etc. in areas that were heavily populated by black people. This genre of music features a highly syncopated treble over a steady bass. The name “ragtime” comes from the […]

Harry T. Burleigh

Henry “Harry” Thacker Burleigh was a black classical composer, arranger, and baritone soloist from Erie, Pennsylvania. He received his earliest music education from his mother, and was influenced by his grandfather, a former slave who sang spirituals to Burleigh as a child. Burleigh attended the National Conservatory of Music in 1892 when he was 26 […]

Folk and Spirituals

Origin Spirituals came about during the years of slavery when one of the only forms of expression that was allowed for slaves was music. Slaves used spirituals as a way to cope with the hardships of bondage. Also, many spirituals had multiple meanings, so slaves used them to communicate with each other in code. Folk […]

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Hi! My name is Terra and I am a sophomore philosophy major from Silver Spring, Maryland.