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The Transculturalisation of African American Gospel Music: The Context and Culture of Gospel Traditions in Australian Gospel Music.

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Legg, AFJ (2008) The Transculturalisation of African American Gospel Music: The Context and Culture of Gospel Traditions in Australian Gospel Music. PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

This research focuses on the effects of the transculturalisation of African American
gospel music into an Australian context and has been conducted through a series of
performances highlighting elements of this style and my skills in solo piano
performance and interpretation and the vocal and instrumental direction of the
University of Tasmania Southern Gospel Choir. These performances are
contextualized by the accompanying exegesis which examines the culture and context
of the development of African American gospel music and develops a comprehensive
taxonomy of musical expression and inflection for gospel music, supported by a
nomenclature system and recorded examples of the defining vocal performance
practices of the African American gospel tradition. These analytical tools are then
applied to the comparative analysis of two iconic gospel songs as rendered in
performances by two African American gospel choirs and the Southern Gospel Choir.
This in-depth analysis underpins an examination of the contexts and culture of
African American gospel music within Australia and specifically in a Tasmanian
setting, and has informed the developments of my musical direction of the choir and
as a solo performer within this style. The success of this direction has been reflected
in a 2005 ARIA nomination for the Southern Gospel Choir recording, Great Day.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2008 04:21
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2016 05:53
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