American Ballads and Folk Songs (Dover Books on Music) by Alan Lomax, John A. Lomax

By Alan Lomax, John A. Lomax

Track and lyrics for over 2 hundred songs. John Henry, Goin' Home, Little Brown Jug, Alabama-Bound, Ten Thousand Miles from Home, Shack Bully Holler, Black Betty, The Hammer Song, Bad guy Ballad, Jesse JamesDown within the Valley, The endure within the HillShortenin' Bread, The Ballad of Davy Crockett, and lots of extra.

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One of the six major epochs of music history. The baroque period is the third era, roughly spanning the years 1600–1750. It is preceded by the Renaissance era (1400–1600) and followed by the classical era (1750– 1825). The dawn of the baroque period coincides with the rise of instrumental music and the birth of opera, thus making the era especially important and relevant to vocalists. In addition to opera, other vocal genres extant during the baroque period include oratorio, passions, anthems, chorales, masques, cantatas (both sacred and secular), incidental music plays, and the vocal concerto.

The baroque era began with the birth of opera. The earliest operas were the result of experiments undertaken in Florence by the Florentine Camerata, who aspired to create fully sung, instrumentally accompanied drama. Set in the monodic style—essentially a single voice with instrumental accompaniment—the subjects of these earliest operatic experiments were almost always mythological in nature. Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643), who was from Cremona and not a member of the Florentine Camerata, is given credit for composing the first operatic masterpiece with Orfeo (1607).

Canticle. Liturgical, psalm-like text that is usually sung in a service of worship. Canticles are Biblical but are not from the 150 Psalms of David. Some of the most famous canticles include the Song of Mary (Magnificat), the Song of Simeon (Nunc dimittis), the Song of Moses (Cantemus Domino), the Song of Zechariah (Benedictus Dominus Deus), and the Three Songs of Isaiah (Ecce, Deus; Quœrite Dominum; Surge, illuminare). Canticle of Simeon. See Nunc dimittis. cantiga. A medieval monophonic secular song in Spanish or Portuguese.

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