Virginia and the Piedmont These field recordings tell the story of African-American musical development in Virginia, the first home of slaves in North America, and in the Piedmont, where free blacks and whites made music side by side. Minstrel tunes, banjo songs, spirituals, work songs, and blues take us from the Reconstruction Era into the twentieth century and from the work gang to the concert stage. Deep River of Song African-American field recordings made for the Library of Congress from 1933 to 1946, a transformative period when black singers of the South and the Caribbean created a new musical language and thousands of brilliant songs that would captivate people throughout the world. The Alan Lomax Collection The Alan Lomax Collection gathers together the American, European, and Caribbean field recordings, world music compilations, and ballad operas of writer, folklorist, and ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax. Recorded between 1934 and 1942 by John A. Lomax, Alan Lomax, and Harold Spivacke.
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