Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Sweet Thing – The History and Musical Structure of a Shared American Vernacular Form - Oxford Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Sweet Thing: The History and Musical Structure of a Shared American Vernacular Form

Nicholas Stoia

Abstract

Sweet Thing: The History and Musical Structure of a Shared American Vernacular Form is a historical and analytical study of one of the most productive and enduring shared musical resources in North American vernacular music. Many of us learn the form as children, when we sing “If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands,” and we hear it frequently in popular music, but usually without realizing that this poetic and rhythmic pattern has been penetrating the minds of musicians and listeners for centuries. The antecedents of the form date back to sixteenth-century Scotland and England, and ap ... More

Keywords: blues, country, gospel, history, analysis, form, scheme, popular music

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190881979
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190881979.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas Stoia, author
Assistant Professor of Music, Duke University

Show Summary Details

subscribe or login to access all content.

Contents

View:

Part I Antecedents of the “Sweet Thing” Scheme in the British Isles and North America

Part II The Musical Structure of the “Sweet Thing” Scheme in Early Blues, Country, and Gospel Music

End Matter