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The American Musical Landscape

The American Musical Landscape

by Richard Crawford
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520224825

ISBN-13: 9780520224827

Pub. Date: 06/01/2000

Publisher: University of California Press


In this refreshingly direct and engaging historical treatment of American music and musicology, Richard Crawford argues for the recognition of the distinct and vital character of American music. What is that character? How has musical life been supported in the United States and how have Americans understood their music? Exploring the conditions within which music

Overview


In this refreshingly direct and engaging historical treatment of American music and musicology, Richard Crawford argues for the recognition of the distinct and vital character of American music. What is that character? How has musical life been supported in the United States and how have Americans understood their music? Exploring the conditions within which music has been made since the time of the American Revolution, Crawford suggests some answers to these questions.

Surveying the history of several musical professions in the United States—composing, performing, teaching, and distributing music—Crawford highlights the importance of where the money for music comes from and where it goes. This economic context is one of his book's key features and gives a real-life view that is both fascinating and provocative. Crawford discusses interconnections between classical and popular music, using New England psalmody, nineteenth-century songs, Duke Ellington, and George Gershwin to illustrate his points.

Because broad cultural forces are included in this unique study, anyone interested in American history and American Studies will find it as appealing as will students and scholars of American music.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520224827
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
06/01/2000
Series:
Ernest Bloch Lectures Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
404
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

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