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Date Posted: 00:41:48 11/04/04 Thu
In reply to: Ed Harris (Venezia) 's message, "Music" on 18:01:21 11/03/04 Wed
"Jazz and Blues were invented by Gershwin when he blended some African influences with the Ashkenazi Klezmer tradition. One only has to look at his use of homophonic harmonisation and his use of polyphonic structural texture, not to mention syncopation, to realise this. Compare it with some of Bartok's middle streichquartette and the codified scores of what used to be called "Negro Spirituals" (which actually emerged in the British sugar islands).
"Neither of these things are British or American."
Jazz comes out of ragtime and the negro spiritual though, which predate Gershwin. I think the spiritual actually DOES have some English influences on it.
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