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John Wesley Work › Tunes

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

John Wesley Work II (sometimes Jr.) was born, educated, worked and died in Nashville. He majored in history and Latin at Fisk University (B.A. 1895, M.S. 1898), after which he was instructor of Greek and Latin until 1906 when he was appointed chair of the department. Work and his brother, Frederick Jerome (1879-1942), were leading figures in the preservation, performance and study of African-American spirituals. They published several collections of slave songs and spirituals, including New Jubilee Songs as Sung by Fisk Jubilee Singers (1901) and Folk Songs of the American Negro (1907). John Work II’s treatise The Folk Song of the American Negro (1915) was one of the earliest studies of African-American music undertaken by a descendant of an ex-slave. Work was named president of Roger Williams University, a position he held at the time of his death.

--The Presbyterian Hymnal Companion


Tunes by John Wesley Work (8)sort descendingAsInstances
GO DOWN MOSESJohn W. Work, 1871-1925 (Harmonizer)5
GO TELL ITJohn W. Work (1871-1925) (Harmonizer)3
HE IS KINGJohn W. Work (Harmonizer)1
HEAVY LOADJohn W. Work, Jr. (Arranged)2
[Lord, I want to be a Christian]John W. Work, Jr. (Adapter)1
[I found free grace and dying love]John W. Work, Jr. (Arranged)3
SOMEBODY'S KNOCKIN'John W. Work, Jr. (Arranged)1
WERE YOU THEREJohn W. Work, Jr. (Adapter)5

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