Music From the Soul of Woman: The Influence of the African American Presbyterian and Methodist Traditions on the Classical Compositions of Florence Price and Dorothy Rudd Moore
AuthorMashego, Shana Thomas
Committee ChairRobinson, Faye
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractSince its inception, the African American Church has played a vital role in the African American community. During the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the black Methodist movement began. Methodism was the first separate denomination formed by African Americans in the United States and remains one of the largest denominations populated by African Americans. Presbyterianism became a part of African American culture during the mid nineteenth century. Within many black Methodist and Presbyterian churches, the tradition of the musical liturgy, which included the music of European classical composers, was expected to remain unchanged, and even today many of the churches within these denominations have held fast to a traditional music liturgy.For many black women coming of age during the late eighteenth through to the twentieth centuries, the time of the composers Florence Price (1887-1953) and Dorothy Rudd Moore (b.1940), the music liturgy of the African American Presbyterian and Methodist church aided them in their exposure to European classical composers and their compositions. This document explores the premise that exposure during their formative years to European classical music within their Presbyterian and Methodist churches helped to nurture Price and Moore's approaches to classical music composition. Included in Appendix A and B are works lists of Florence B. Price and Dorothy Rudd Moore. These works lists were organized by the author from various sources and should prove helpful to those interested in the research and performance of the composers' works.