The Cambridge History of American Music / Edition 1

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Overview

The Cambridge History of American Music is the first study of music in the United States to be written by a team of scholars. American music is an intricate tapestry of many cultures, and the History reveals this wide array of influences from Native, European, African, Asian, and other sources. Other chapters examine the growth and influence of popular musics, including film and stage music, jazz, rock, and immigrant, folk, and regional musics. The volume also includes valuable chapters on twentieth-century art music, including the experimental, serial, and tonal traditions.
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"This fine book's text is readable and understandable, with a thorough scholarly approach to the history of music in the U.S...It would be a valuable addition to college and high school library bookshelves. This book, The Cambridge History of American Music is recommended as good reading for every American music educator." Music Educators Journal Geary H. Larrick, University of Wisconsin

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521545549
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Series: Cambridge History of Music Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 654
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.57 (d)

Meet the Author

David Nicholls is Professor of Music at the University of Southampton. He is the author of American Experimental Music, 1890–1940 (Cambridge University Press, 1990) and contributing editor of The Whole World of Music: A Henry Cowell Symposium (1997), and The Cambridge Companion to John Cage (2002). He is also editor of the journal American Music.
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Table of Contents

1 American Indian musics, past and present 3
2 Music in American overview (part 1) 30
3 Secular music to 1800 49
4 Sacred music to 1800 78
5 African American music to 1900 103
6 Immigrant, folk, and regional musics in the nineteenth century 135
7 Nineteenth-century popular music 158
8 Art music from 1800 to 1860 186
9 Art music from 1860 to 1920 214
10 Music in America : an overview (part 2) 257
11 Immigrant, folk, and regional musics in the twentieth century 276
12 Popular song and popular music on stage and film 309
13 The rock and roll era 345
14 Ragtime and early jazz 388
15 Jazz from 1930 to 1960 418
16 Jazz since 1960 448
17 Tonal traditions in art music from 1920 to 1960 471
18 Serialism and complexity 496
19 Avant-grade and experimental music 517
20 Tonal traditions in art music since 1960 535
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