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Research in Music Series: Braxton Shelley (Harvard)

Braxton Shelley

Friday, March 23, 2:30pm, FAC Room 365, FREE

The Department of Music and Dance presents a talk by Braxton Shelley, Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute and the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

"My Mind Is Made Up": Form, Experience, and Meaning in Contemporary Gospel Performance

This talk proposes an analytic paradigm for African American gospel music, which uses the repetitive, escalating musical cycle known as “the vamp” to illuminate the interrelation of form, experience, and meaning in this genre.  Mr. Shelley uses four gospel selections in his analysis: Brenda Joyce Moore’s “Perfect Praise,” Richard Smallwood’s “I Will Sing Praises,” Kurt Carr’s “For Every Mountain,” and Thomas Whitfield’s “I Shall Wear A Crown.”