Green Library Music Lecture Series with Jerome Count

Green Library Music Lecture Series with Jerome Count

William Moore


Past Event
Professor William Moore of Boston University will examine the rediscovery of Shaker music and dance traditions during the years of the folk music revival. He will indicate that the activities of Jerome Count, a left-leaning educational reform and former union spokesperson, were central to the current widespread appropriation of the melodies of this regional, celibate, communitarian Protestant sect. At his seasonal progressive educational institution, held annually during the summers between 1947 and 1968 in Columbia County, New York, Count brought together enthusiastic teenagers, folklorists, and skilled composers and choral directors. Together, these constituencies created influential public performances, significant published choral arrangements, widely distributed songbooks, nationally distributed television broadcasts, and the first audio recordings of Shaker songs.

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