Usso Harlem Renaissance Final Paper

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Harlem Renaissance
The Harlem Renaissance period was when the world found out that there was indeed a distinctive and varied "negro/black American" culture and it was centered here in Harlem of New York City. It was a culture movement that began around 1920s. Before it was called the Harlem renaissance it was known as the "New Negro Movement", that was named after the anthology edited by Alain Locke in 1925. The Harlem Renaissance grew out of the changes that had taken place in the black community since the abolition of slavery, and which had been accelerated as a consequence of the First World War. It can also be seen as specifically African-American response to an expression of the great social and cultural change taking place in
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Black music is put into three categories. In the review of Black Music in the Harlem Renaissance: A Collection of Essays "The categories are folk music, coming from untrained, natural musicians; music composed in imitation of true folk music; and finally a formal or classical type of music." Bialosk stated the importance of music to the Harlem Renaissance by asserting that music had a much longer history among African American than literary achievement. Music and art was also a key factor in the Harlem Renaissance Movement. These two elements helped drove African American to express their inner identity, through from as music and art. African folk music is what you call "call-and-response organizational procedures, dominance of percussive approach to music, and off-beat phrasing of melodic accents" Dett stated in the book review. Also Marshall Bialosky was explaining how popular black composers and performers influenced many white composers by their musical ideas and speculation that influenced Harlem. Also the interaction between art and music are somewhat parallel to some extent. The review by Marshall on Allan Gordon's essay "interaction between art and music during the Harlem Renaissance," were providing "a new image of urban life, with its corollary of risk, peril, and complexity, that emphasized self-expression, revealed and interpreted the black psyche, challenged white standards

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