America's Musical Life: A History

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"A superb, all-encompassing survey of music in America." —Kirkus Reviews
When it comes to American music, America's Musical Life is "the best one-volume history yet on the subject for musicians and enthusiasts, professional or amateur" (Kirkus Reviews). "Well-researched and sensitively constructed" (Library Journal) and "a book that welcomes the reader, who is happy to keep returning for more" (Music Library Association Notes), America's Musical Life tells the story of American music making in rich detail. In chronicling American music's bountiful heritage, this "superb book presents the whole sweep of U.S. cultivated and traditional music—from 16th-century Native American music through late 20th-century hiphop culture." A substantial cultural achievement, "this definitive history of music in the U.S. is sure to delight music aficionados and history buffs alike, and is a must for anyone interested in what music has meant to America and what America has meant to music" (Publishers Weekly).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393327267
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/19/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 992
  • Sales rank: 256,104
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Crawford is Hans T. David Distinguished University Professor at the University of Michigan and perhaps the most highly respected scholar teaching American music today. A past president of the American Musicological Society, Crawford has published ten books on American music and won numerous honors, fellowships, and awards, including election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Part 1 The First Three Centuries
1 The First Song: Native American Music 3
2 European Inroads: Early Christian Music Making 15
3 From Ritual to Art: The Flowering of Sacred Music 29
4 "Old, Simple Ditties": Colonial Song, Dance, and Home Music Making 56
5 Performing "By Particular Desire": Colonial Military, Concert, and Theater Music 83
6 Maintaining Oral Traditions: African Music in Early America 102
7 Correcting "the Harshness of Our Singing": New England Psalmody Reformed 125
Part 2 The Nineteenth Century
8 Edification and Economics: The Career of Lowell Mason 139
9 Singing Praises: Southern and Frontier Devotional Music 156
10 "Be It Ever So Humble": Theater and Opera, 1800-1860 173
11 Blacks, Whites, and the Minstrel Stage 196
12 Home Music Making and the Publishing Industry 221
13 From Ramparts to Romance: Parlor Songs, 1800-1865 240
14 Of Yankee Doodle and Ophicleides: Bands and Orchestras, 1800 to the 1870s 272
15 From Church to Concert Hall: The Rise of Classical Music 293
16 From Log House to Opera House: Anthony Philip Heinrich and William Henry Fry 314
17 A New Orleans Original: Gottschalk of Louisiana 331
18 Two Classic Bostonians: George W. Chadwick and Amy Beach 351
19 Edward MacDowell and Musical Nationalism 372
20 "Travel in the Winds": Native American Music from 1820 387
21 "Make a Noise!": Slave Songs and Other Black Music to the 1880s 407
22 Songs of the Later Nineteenth Century 429
23 Stars, Stripes, and Cylinders: Sousa, the Band, and the Phonograph 453
24 "After the Ball": The Rise of Tin Pan Alley 471
Part 3 The Twentieth Century
25 "To Stretch Our Ears": The Music of Charles Ives 495
26 "Come On and Hear": The Early Twentieth Century 524
27 The Jazz Age Dawns: Blues, Jazz, and a Rhapsody 557
28 "The Birthright of All of Us": Classical Music, the Mass Media, and the Depression 580
29 "All That Is Native and Fine": American Folk Song and Its Collectors 597
30 From New Orleans to Chicago: Jazz Goes National 619
31 "Crescendo in Blue": Ellington, Basie, and the Swing Band 641
32 The Golden Age of the American Musical 664
33 Classical Music in the Postwar Years 689
34 "Rock Around the Clock": The Rise of Rock and Roll 714
35 Songs of Loneliness and Praise: Postwar Vernacular Trends 736
36 Jazz, Broadway, and Musical Permanence 755
37 Melting Pot or Pluralism?: Popular Music and Ethnicity 778
38 From Accessibility to Transcendence: The Beatles, Rock, and Popular Music 799
39 Trouble Girls, Minimalists, and The Gap: The 1960s to the 1980s 813
40 Black Music and American Identity 837
Epilogue 853
Notes 861
Bibliography 897
Credits 925
Index 931
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