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Frederick Jerome Work

WORK, Frederick Jerome. b. Nashville, Tennessee, 11 August 1878?; d. Bordentown, New Jersey, 24 January 1942.  Work is best known for two collections of arrangements of traditional African-American songs.  The earlier collection is New Jubilee Songs, as Sung by the Fisk Jubilee Singers (Nashville: Fisk University, 1902); the word ‘New’distinguishes the collection from Theodore F. Seward’s Jubilee Songs, as Sung by the Fisk Jubilee Singers (New York: 1872, 1884).  His other collection, for which his brother, John Wesley Work (II)* wrote the introduction, is Folk Songs of the American Negro (Nashville:  Work Bros. & Hart Co., 1907). The years 1879 and 1880 are each found in several...

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