The American Musical Landscape: The Business of Musicianship from Billings to Gershwin, Updated With a New Preface / Edition 1

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Overview

In this refreshingly direct and engaging historical treatment of American music and musicology, Richard Crawford argues for the recognition of the distinct and vital character of American music. What is that character? How has musical life been supported in the United States and how have Americans understood their music? Exploring the conditions within which music has been made since the time of the American Revolution, Crawford suggests some answers to these questions.

Surveying the history of several musical professions in the United States—composing, performing, teaching, and distributing music—Crawford highlights the importance of where the money for music comes from and where it goes. This economic context is one of his book's key features and gives a real-life view that is both fascinating and provocative. Crawford discusses interconnections between classical and popular music, using New England psalmody, nineteenth-century songs, Duke Ellington, and George Gershwin to illustrate his points.

Because broad cultural forces are included in this unique study, anyone interested in American history and American Studies will find it as appealing as will students and scholars of American music.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520077645
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/1993
  • Series: Ernest Bloch Lectures Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Crawford is Professor of Music at the University of Michigan. His writings have won awards from the American Musicological Society, the Sonneck Society for American Music, and the Music Library Association.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. I Histories
1 Cosmopolitan and Provincial: American Musical Historiography 3
Pt. II Economics
2 Professions and Patronage I: Teaching and Composing 41
3 Professions and Patronage II: Performing 70
Pt. III Three Composers and a Song
4 William Billings (1746-1800) and American Psalmody: A Study of Musical Dissemination 111
5 George Frederick Root (1820-1895) and American Vocal Music 151
6 Duke Ellington (1899-1974) and His Orchestra 184
7 George Gershwin's "I Got Rhythm" (1930) 213
Notes 237
Bibliography 345
Index 359
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