Recorded Solo Concert Spirituals, 1916-2022 (Paperback)
This work catalogs commercially produced recordings of Negro spirituals composed for solo concert vocalists. More than 5,000 tracks are listed, with entries sourced from a variety of recording formats. The featured recordings enhance the study of concert spiritual performance in studio, concert, worship service or competition settings.Arranged alphabetically, entries identify the accompaniment played in each recording, including chorus, piano, orchestra, guitar, flute, violin, and others. The vocal range of each soloist is included, as is the level of dialect used by the performer. The composers, publishers and format information are also listed for each recording. While structured like a discography, this guide extends beyond simply providing historical context and encourages the use of the recordings themselves.
Soprano and music historian Randye Jones manages the media collections for the Grinnell College Libraries. She lives in Grinnell, Iowa.