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Title:The choral music scene in the Gold Coast (Ghana) prior to 1933
Author:Andoh, Timothy E.
Periodical:The Ghana Bulletin of Theology (ISSN 0855-7942)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Ghana
West Africa
church music
Art, Architecture, Music, Drama
choral music
Vocal music--History and criticism
Abstract:This paper looks at the Christian choral music scene in the Gold Coast (now Ghana) prior to the year 1933, when Ephraim Amu's 'Twenty-five African Songs' introducing innovative methods of composition was published. During the pre-1933 period the tradition of choral music composition prevailed in the country. This tradition had been nurtured by the introduction of art music, the hymn and anthem of Western Europe, and the introduction of formal education into the country by the Europeans. The paper also presents a profile of some of the early Ghanaian composers of choral music, with samples of some of their compositions, which show influences from the tradition known to them - the hymn and anthem. Attention is paid to the following composers: J.E. Allotey-Pappoe, Charles E. Graves, Gaddiel R. Acquaah, Isaac Daniel Loo, O.G. Blankson, Jacob B. Anaman, and Ephraim Amu. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]