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An Introduction to America’s Music tells the fascinating story of music in the United States, from the sacred music of its earliest days to the jazz and rock that enliven the turn of the millennium.
Beginning with the music of Native Americans and continuing with traditions introduced by European colonizers and Africans brought here as slaves, the book reveals how this bountiful heritage was developed and enhanced in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to produce the music we hear today.
Crawford (U. of Michigan) tells the story of music in the U.S., from the sacred works of the 1500s to the jazz and rock of today. Following the widely varied paths music has taken (beginning with Native American songs and chants and continuing with traditions introduced by Spanish, French, and English colonizers, Africans brought here as slaves, and other immigrants to North America), he sets each topic in its historical and social context and shows how the spheres of folk, popular and classical music have continually interacted to form a variegated whole. The book contains many b&w illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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.