Negro Folk-Songs (Hampton Series, 1918)

Posted: September 13, 2012 in Natalie Curtis Burlin, Pre Blues, Spirituals

Author: Natalie Curtis Burlin

Some early studies on Negro folk song have received very little attention. One of them is the work produced by Natalie Curtis Burlin (1875-1921): Negro Folk-Songs, 1918. Natalie Curtis Burlin was an American ethnomusicologist who dedicated most of her efforts to the study of the native American folk, but was later in life also fascinated with African American music. She strove to record, not change, the music she heard, noting in the foreword to the first volume: “These notations of Negro folk-songs are faithful efforts to place on paper an exact record of the old traditional plantation songs as sung by Negroes… . I have added nothing and I have striven to omit nothing.” 


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