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Barbershop music – Wikipedia

Retrieved March 22, Cash sought to save the art form from a threat by radio. A barbershop chorus sings a cappella music in the barbershop style. Historically barbershoppers may have used the word “minor chord” in a way that is confusing to those with musical training.

According to the Barbershop Harmony Society BHS”Barbershop music features songs polecas understandable lyrics and easily singable melodies, whose tones clearly define a tonal center and imply major and minor chords and barbershop dominant and secondary dominant seventh chords that resolve primarily around the circle of fifthswhile making frequent use of other resolutions. Retrieved from ” https: In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Music of the United States vocal harmony.

The dominant seventh-type chord is so important to barbershop harmony that it is called the “barbershop seventh”.

Barbershop Polecats

The melody is not usually sung by the tenor or baritone, except for an infrequent note or two to avoid awkward voice leadingin tags or codasor when some appropriate embellishment can be created. Barbershop Harmony Barbeeshop ‘s Barberpole Cat Songs “Polecats”—12 songs which all Barbershop Harmony Society members are encouraged to learn as bzrbershop shared canonic repertoire—all famous, traditional examples of the barbershop genre:.

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It’s the consummation devoutly wished by those of us who love Barbershop harmony. Barbershop singing is performed both by men’s and women’s groups; the elements of the barbershop style and the names of the voice parts are the same for both.

Barbershop vocal harmonyas codified during the barbershop revival era s—presentis a style of a cappella close harmonyor unaccompanied vocal musiccharacterized by consonant four-part chords for every melody note in a predominantly homophonic texture. Other researchers argue that today’s barbershop music is an invented tradition related to several musical features popular aroundincluding quartet singing [13] and the use of the barbershop chord, [6] [5] but effectively created during the s in the ranks of poelcats Barbershop Harmony Society whilst creating a system of singing contests and its contest rules.


Barbershoppers never lose sight or sound of its physicality. It is not heard in chords sounded on modern keyboard instruments, due to the slight tuning imperfection of the equal-tempered scale.

He notes too that “barbershoppers almost never speak of ‘singing’ a chord, but almost always draw on a discourse of physical work and exertion; thus, they ‘hit’, ‘chop’, ‘ring’, ‘crack’, ‘swipe’, and ‘bust. Barbershop music is generally performed by either a barbershop quarteta group of four singers with one on each vocal part, or a barbershop choruswhich closely resembles a choir with the notable exception barhershop the genre of music.

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Use mdy dates from July Articles needing additional references from December All articles needing additional references Articles with hAudio microformats Articles with Synthlisten Unverifiable lists of persons from April All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from February Articles with unsourced statements from December Articles with unsourced statements from December Articles with unsourced statements from March While its legal name has never changed, it changed its official brand name to “Barbershop Harmony Society” in While the modern era of barbershop music is accepted to have begun with a s revival, opinions as to the genre’s origins vary with respect to race, gender, region and context.

Most elements of the “revivalist” style are related to the desire to produce these ringing chords. A VLQ possesses greater flexibility than a standard quartet, since they can perform even with one or more singers missing, as long as all four parts are covered.

Sharp Harmonya Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post magazine issue dated September 26, ; it depicts a barber and three clients enjoying a cappella song. Historical memoirs and journalism indicate a strong tradition of quartet singing among young African American men, gathering informally to “crack up a chord”.

BHS arrangers believe that a song should contain dominant seventh chords anywhere from 35 to 60 percent of the time measured as a percentage of the duration of the song rather than a percentage of the chords present to sound “barbershop”. From Harmonic Style to Genre. A cappella vocals pitch pipe finger snapping foot tapping. Retrieved February 5, Barbershop music American styles of music A cappella Four-part harmony.


A song called “Play That Barber Shop Chord” [4] often cited as an early example of “barbershop” in reference to music contains the lines:. This list of “famous” or “notable” persons has no clear inclusion or exclusion criteria. This page was last edited on 29 Decemberat English “barber’s music” was described in the 17th century by Samuel Pepys as amateur instrumental music.

The Harmonizer published October 24, A Study in Socio-musical Values. Retrieved October 14, If you ask us to explain why we love it so, we are hard put to answer; that’s where our faith takes over. Each of the four parts has its own role: The ringing chord is qualitatively different in sound from an ordinary musical chord e.

For another example, Barbershop music is always a cappella, because the presence of fixed-pitch instruments tuned to equal-temperament rather than just temperamentwhich is so highly prized in other choral styles, makes perfect just tuning of chords impossible. Play That Barber Shop Chord. Retrieved August 8, Blacks and the Birth of the Recording Industry, — Choruses normally sing with a director, as distinct from quartets. Still, the debate about the origins of this genre seems to be widely unsettled.

Both came from Tulsa, Oklahoma. One characteristic feature of barbershop harmony is the use of what is known as “snakes” and “swipes”. A harmonic seventh chord, or “barbershop” chord, as it might be tuned on a piano.

For example, favored chords in the jazz style are characterized by intervals which don’t audibly ring, such as diminished or augmented fifths. The defining characteristic of the barbershop style is the ringing chord, one in which certain overtones of the four voices reinforce each other, sometimes so strongly that the overtone is perceived by the listener as a distinct tone, even though none of the voices are perceived as singing that tone.