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The blues, a secular black-American folk music at the twentieth century, is primarily an improvised genre best represented in recorded form. The name, however, refers to a condition of melancholy or depression expressed by the singer, and it is this quality that distinguishes the many composed works published as blues songs at the beginning of the century. W.C. Handy's Memphis Blues and St. Louis Blues are classics of the genre.

 
The Memphis Blues : or Mister Crump / by W. C. Handy
Handy, W. C. (William Christopher), 1873-1958.
New York : Memphis (Tenn.) : T. C. Bennett;
W. C. Handy, c1912
4 p. of music : ill.: 35 cm.
Image ID: WWM9937/G98C111/001

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