America's Musical Life: A History

America's Musical Life: A History

by Richard Crawford
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393327264

ISBN-13: 9780393327267

Pub. Date: 09/19/2005

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

"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

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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:
09/19/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
992
Sales rank:
198,155
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introductionvii
Part 1The First Three Centuries
1The First Song: Native American Music3
2European Inroads: Early Christian Music Making15
3From Ritual to Art: The Flowering of Sacred Music29
4"Old, Simple Ditties": Colonial Song, Dance, and Home Music Making56
5Performing "By Particular Desire": Colonial Military, Concert, and Theater Music83
6Maintaining Oral Traditions: African Music in Early America102
7Correcting "the Harshness of Our Singing": New England Psalmody Reformed125
Part 2The Nineteenth Century
8Edification and Economics: The Career of Lowell Mason139
9Singing Praises: Southern and Frontier Devotional Music156
10"Be It Ever So Humble": Theater and Opera, 1800-1860173
11Blacks, Whites, and the Minstrel Stage196
12Home Music Making and the Publishing Industry221
13From Ramparts to Romance: Parlor Songs, 1800-1865240
14Of Yankee Doodle and Ophicleides: Bands and Orchestras, 1800 to the 1870s272
15From Church to Concert Hall: The Rise of Classical Music293
16From Log House to Opera House: Anthony Philip Heinrich and William Henry Fry314
17A New Orleans Original: Gottschalk of Louisiana331
18Two Classic Bostonians: George W. Chadwick and Amy Beach351
19Edward MacDowell and Musical Nationalism372
20"Travel in the Winds": Native American Music from 1820387
21"Make a Noise!": Slave Songs and Other Black Music to the 1880s407
22Songs of the Later Nineteenth Century429
23Stars, Stripes, and Cylinders: Sousa, the Band, and the Phonograph453
24"After the Ball": The Rise of Tin Pan Alley471
Part 3The Twentieth Century
25"To Stretch Our Ears": The Music of Charles Ives495
26"Come On and Hear": The Early Twentieth Century524
27The Jazz Age Dawns: Blues, Jazz, and a Rhapsody557
28"The Birthright of All of Us": Classical Music, the Mass Media, and the Depression580
29"All That Is Native and Fine": American Folk Song and Its Collectors597
30From New Orleans to Chicago: Jazz Goes National619
31"Crescendo in Blue": Ellington, Basie, and the Swing Band641
32The Golden Age of the American Musical664
33Classical Music in the Postwar Years689
34"Rock Around the Clock": The Rise of Rock and Roll714
35Songs of Loneliness and Praise: Postwar Vernacular Trends736
36Jazz, Broadway, and Musical Permanence755
37Melting Pot or Pluralism?: Popular Music and Ethnicity778
38From Accessibility to Transcendence: The Beatles, Rock, and Popular Music799
39Trouble Girls, Minimalists, and The Gap: The 1960s to the 1980s813
40Black Music and American Identity837
Epilogue853
Notes861
Bibliography897
Credits925
Index931

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