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Author Topic: I am looking for the earliest record of blues patterns in sheet music.  (Read 334 times)

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Offline davet

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Greetings

I am undertaking a little research into the earliest sheet music that included a blues pattern. I have got back as far as back as 1904. there is a ragtime piece called 'One O them things?' which has a blues pattern in it. I found it in an essay by Ray Dessy.

Any comments, information would be much appreciated.

best wishes
DaveT
« Last Edit: December 24, 2019, 09:30:35 AM by davet »

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Re: I am looking for the earliest record of blues patterns in sheet music.
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2019, 09:52:58 AM »
Hi davet
What do you mean by a "blues pattern"?
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Re: I am looking for the earliest record of blues patterns in sheet music.
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2019, 05:42:39 AM »
Hi Dave,

There's a very interesting book called Long Lost Blues: Popular Blues in America, 1850-1920 that came out several years back. He traces the blues prior to the recording era with a particular focus on sheet music.

https://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/32ykh8wx9780252034879.html




Offline davet

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Re: I am looking for the earliest record of blues patterns in sheet music.
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2019, 06:29:09 AM »
Thank you both for responding to my query.

John
I started to write "12 bar pattern" and then stopped because the illustrious members of this site would have gently reminded me that blues also comes in a variety of other packages (eight, four bar and other configurations). Thanks for nudging me to provide more detail.

Jeff
Thanks for the reference. The book looks like it covers what I am looking for. I have ordered a copy.

 


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