Title of Oral/Poster Presentation

Barbershop Harmony: What’s a Tag?

Class

Article

College

Caine College of the Arts

Faculty Mentor

Timothy Chenette

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Abstract

Analyzing barbershop sheet music led to the realization of several common characteristics of barbershop music. Those include common cadence patterns, voice exchanges, and use of secondary chords as embellishments. Several barbershop terms became important to explain, including the post, the barbershop seventh, and the tag. Barbershop music has been a cultural staple in the united states since the dawn of the 20th century, and took hold in the culture during the last years of the Great Depression with the founding of the Society for the Preservation and Education of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America (now called the Barbershop Harmony Society). Efforts of recent years have been directed at showing appreciation to the African American roots of this genre of singing, and greater inclusion has become a rallying cry of Society officials. The whole research project culminated in a lecture-recital held in Nov 2017.

Location

The North Atrium

Start Date

4-12-2018 12:00 PM

End Date

4-12-2018 1:15 PM

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Barbershop Harmony: What’s a Tag?

The North Atrium

Analyzing barbershop sheet music led to the realization of several common characteristics of barbershop music. Those include common cadence patterns, voice exchanges, and use of secondary chords as embellishments. Several barbershop terms became important to explain, including the post, the barbershop seventh, and the tag. Barbershop music has been a cultural staple in the united states since the dawn of the 20th century, and took hold in the culture during the last years of the Great Depression with the founding of the Society for the Preservation and Education of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America (now called the Barbershop Harmony Society). Efforts of recent years have been directed at showing appreciation to the African American roots of this genre of singing, and greater inclusion has become a rallying cry of Society officials. The whole research project culminated in a lecture-recital held in Nov 2017.