John Wesley Work

Short Name: John Wesley Work
Full Name: Work, John Wesley, 1873-1925
Birth Year: 1873
Death Year: 1925

John W. Work, Jr. (b. Nashville, TN, 1872; d. Nashville, 1925), is well known for his pioneering studies of African American folk music and for his leadership in the performance of spirituals. He studied music at Fisk University in Nashville and classics at Harvard and then taught Latin, Greek, and history at Fisk from 1898 to 1923. Director of the Jubilee Singers at Fisk, Work also sang tenor in the Fisk Jubilee Quartet, which toured the country after 1909 and made commercial recordings. He was president of Roger Williams University in Nashville during the last two years of his life. Work and his brother Frederick Jerome Work (1879-1942) were devoted to collecting, arranging, and publishing African American slave songs and spirituals. They published two collections: New Jubilee Songs as Sung by the Fisk Jubilee Singers (1901) and Folk Songs of the American Negro (1907).

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Texts by John Wesley Work (12)sort descendingAsInstances
طال انتظار العالمJohn Wesley Work (Author)1
Dios, yo quiero ser cristiano de corazónJohn W. Work (Adapter)2
El mundo ha esperado Que Cristo el Rey de pazJohn Wesley Work (Adapter)2
Goin' to lay down my sword and shieldJohn W. Work Jr., 1873-1925 (Author)1
Knocks like JesusJohn W. Work (Author)13
Listen, poor sinner Somebody's knocking at your doorJohn W. Work (Author)1
Lord, I want to be a ChristianJohn W. Work, Jr. (Adapter)6
Nasceu na estrebariaJohn Wesley Work, Jr. (Author (stanzas))2
Pastores sus rebañosJohn W. Work (Adapter)3
¿Viste tú cuando en la cruz murió?John W. Work (Adapter)2
Voy a retirar mis armasJohn W. Work Jr., 1873-1925 (Author)2
While shepherds kept their watchingJohn W. Work II, 1872-1925 (Author (stanzas))56

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