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America's musical life : a history

Author: Richard Crawford
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 2005
Series: Norton paperback
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : ReprView all editions and formats
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"A superb, all-encompassing survey of music in America." -Kirkus Reviews

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Crawford
ISBN: 9780393327267 0393327264
OCLC Number: 488495644
Awards: Winner of ASCAP Deems Taylor Award 2002
Winner of Society for American Music Irving Lowens Award 2001
Description: xvi, 976 s. : illustrations, portraits, facsimiles, music ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. The first three centuries. The first song : Native American music --
European inroads : early Christian music making --
From ritual to art : the flowering of sacred music --
"Old, simple Ditties" : Colonial song, dance, and home music making --
Performing "By particular desire" : Colonial military, concert, and theater music --
Maintaining oral traditions : African music in early America --
Correcting "the harshness of our singing" : New England psalmody reformed --
pt. 2. The nineteenth century. Edification and economics : the career of Lowell Mason --
Singing praises : Southern and frontier devotional music --
"Be it ever so humble" : theater and opera, 1800-1860 --
Blacks, whites, and the minstrel stage --
Home music making and the publishing industry --
From ramparts to romance : parlor songs, 1800-1865 --
Of Yankee Doodle and ophicleides : bands and orchestras, 1800 to the 1870s --
From church to concert hall : the rise of classical music --
From log house to opera house : Anthony Philips Heinrich and William Henry Fry --
A New Orleans original : Gottschalk of Louisiana --
Two classic Bostonians : George W. Chadwick and Amy Beach --
Edward MacDowell and musical nationalism --
"Travel in the winds" : Native American music from 1820 --
"Make a noise!" : slave songs and other black music to the 1880s --
Songs of the later nineteenth century --
Stars, stripes and cylinders : Sousa, the band, and the phonograph --
"After the ball" : the rise of the Tin Pan Alley --
pt. 3. The twentieth century. "To stretch our ears" : the music of Charles Ives --
"Come on and hear" : the early twentieth century --
The jazz age dawns : blues, jazz and a rhapsody --
"The birthright of all of us" : classical music, the mass media, and the Depression --
"All that is native and fine" : American folk song and its collectors --
From New Orleans to Chicago : jazz goes national --
"Crescendo in blue" : Ellington, Basie and the swing band --
The golden age of the American musical
Series Title: Norton paperback
Responsibility: Richard Crawford

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