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E-Book Version

Welcome to the e-book version of The Art of the Negro Spiritual, which traces the rich historical and performance aspects of the Negro Spiritual as developed in art song form.

I've begun working on a discography of spirituals commercially recorded. The document is organized by vocalist, song, and album title. At present, it is not arranged by composer because too many recordings do not identify the composers of the spiritual settings. Those composers that I've identified are indicated in italics.

To give me an idea of how the e-book is used, the sections of the e-book are accessible by password only. If you have registered, click on the available links to proceed:

If you have not registered or lost the password, please complete the form, and the password will be sent to the email address you submit. (All information requested is intended for e-book registration purposes only.)

New sections will be added and available sections will be updated as the project progresses. If you wish to be notified via email when major updates occur, be sure to click that option on the registration form.

Thank you for your interest in The Art of the Negro Spiritual. Other research by Randye Jones is featured at Afrocentric Voices in Classical Music.


The Art of the Negro Spiritual
PO Box 281
Grinnell, IA 50112
Phone: 641/821-0188 FAX: 641/236-5253
Email: research@artofthenegrospiritual