Introduction to American Music / Edition 1

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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.
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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 (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393974096
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (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

Preface ix
Part 1 The First Three Centuries
1 "The First Song": Native American Music 3
2 European Inroads: Early Christian Music Making 12
3 From Ritual to Art: The Flowering of Sacred Music 22
4 "Old, Simple Ditties": Colonial Song, Dance, and Home Music Making 42
5 Performing "By Particular Desire": Early Military, Concert, and Theater Music 56
6 Maintaining Oral Traditions: African Music in Early America 69
7 Correcting "the Harshness of Our Singing": New England Psalmody Reformed 81
Part 2 The Nineteenth Century
8 Edification and Economics: The Career of Lowell Mason 91
9 Singing Praises: Southern and Frontier Devotional Music 101
10 "Be It Ever So Humble": Theater and Opera, 1800-1860 111
11 Blacks, Whites, and the Minstrel Stage 123
12 Home Music Making and the Publishing Industry 137
13 From Jeanie to Dixie: Parlor Songs, 1800-1865 149
14 Of Yankee Doodle and Ophicleides: Bands and Orchestras, 1800 to the 1870s 169
15 From Church to Concert Hall: The Rise of Classical Music 181
16 From Log House to Opera House: Anthony Philip Heinrich and William Henry Fry 193
17 A New Orleans Original: Gottschalk of Louisiana 203
18 Two Classic Bostonians: George W. Chadwick and Amy Beach 214
19 Edward MacDowell and Musical Nationalism 227
20 "Travel in the Winds": Native American Music from 1820 236
21 "Make a Noise!": Slave Songs and Other Black Music to the 1880s 249
22 Songs of the Later Nineteenth Century 265
23 Stars, Stripes, and Cylinders: Sousa and the Phonograph 281
24 "After the Ball": The Rise of Tin Pan Alley 292
Part 3 The Twentieth Century
25 "To Stretch Our Ears": The Music of Charles Ives 309
26 "Come On and Hear": The Early Twentieth Century 325
27 Blues, Jazz, and a Phapsody: The Jazz Age Dawns 344
28 "The Birthright of All of Us": Classical Music, the Mass Media, and the Depression 356
29 "All That is Native and Fine": American Folk Song and Its Collectors 369
30 From New Orleans to Chicago: Jazz Goes National 382
31 "Crescendo in Blue": Ellington, Basie, and the Swing Band 393
32 The Golden Age of the American Musical 408
33 Classical Music in the Postwar Years 421
34 "Rock Around the Clock": The Rise of Rock and Roll 436
35 Songs of Loneliness and Praise: Postwar Popular Trends 448
36 Jazz, Broadway, and Musical Permanence 461
37 Melting Pot or Pluralism?: Popular Music and Ethnicity 475
38 The Beatles, Rock, and Popular Music 488
39 Trouble Girls, Minimalists, and The Gap: The 1960s to the 1980s 496
40 Black Music and American Identity 510
Acknowledgments 521
Index 525
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