The Story of the Jubilee Singers with Their Songs

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There was a time when Negro Spirituals were not well-known to most white people. Plantation melodies, sorrow songs and slave hymns like Swing Low, Sweet Chariot were first introduced to white people when the Fisk Jubilee Singers from Fisk University in Nashville began their fund-raising tours in 1871. Fisk was founded by white abolitionists to educate the newly freed slaves.The school was struggling with financial difficulties and its Treasurer and choir master organized a group of singers to take on tour to raise money for the school. He was ably assisted by the most noted of the singers, Ella Sheppard, assistant to White, pianist for the group, and, by 1881, the transcriber of 100 of these melodies. They toured until worn down by racism, discrimination and the heavy tour schedule. The book we are offering here, printed in 1875 like the first edition, is signed by these twelve Fisk Jubilee Singers, all who were present on the Third Tour. Veterans of the first tour are marked by an asterisk: Jennie Jackson*, Maggie Porter*, Thomas Rutling*, Ella Sheppard*, Georgia Gordon (veteran of the Second Tour), Hinton D. Alexander, Julia Jackson, Frederick J. Loudin, America W. Robinson, and Benjamin W. Thomas. It was also signed by the organizer George L. White. One of the things that makes this copy so special is that it also contains the signature of Theodore F. Seward who guided the troupe for the Third Season only. He was the noted educator who helped bring the Tonic So Fa teaching method from England to the U.S. He was also the composer of many hymns. On the half title there is an inscription by one of the troupe, using the printed words "Jubilee Singers" as part of the inscription: "To Mr. James Lee with the Compliments of the Jubilee Singers, 1876." A very good copy with Second Edition on the title page, hinges expertly repaired, shiny and bright gilt stamping. A little foxing to prelims, light tanning and wrinkling to the frontispiece as a consequence of it having a pasted on photograph of ten singers, all identified (in type). ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 231 pp

Title: The Story of the Jubilee Singers with Their Songs

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Categories: Music,

Publisher: London, Hodder & Soughton: 1875

Binding: Hardcover

Seller ID: 28477

Keywords: Music Gospel Spirituals