The voices that are gone : themes in nineteenth-century American popular song (Book, 1997) [WorldCat.org]
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The voices that are gone : themes in nineteenth-century American popular song

Author: Jon W Finson
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this unique and readable study, Jon Finson views the mores and values of nineteenth-century Americans as they appear in their popular songs. The author sets forth lyricists' and composers' notions of courtship, technology, death, African Americans, Native Americans, and European ethnicity by grouping songs topically. He goes on to explore the interaction between musical style and lyrics within each topic. The
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jon W Finson
ISBN: 0195057503 9780195057508 0195113829 9780195113822
OCLC Number: 36112029
Notes: Originally published: New York : Oxford University Press, 1994.
Description: xiii, 336 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, music ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Distant Beloved: Genteel Romance Before the Civil War --
2. Realism and National Industry: Courtship in the Gilded Age --
3. Familiar Journey: Protocols of Dying in the Nineteenth Century --
4. Social Faith: Popular Views of Technology --
5. Antebellum Minstrelsy and the Carnivalesque --
6. Postbellum Blackface Song: Authenticity and the Minstrel Demon --
7. Romantic Savage: American Indians in the Parlor --
8. Out of Many, One? Western European Ethnicity.
Responsibility: Jon W. Finson.

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Jon Finson views the mores and values of nineteenth-century Americans as they appear in their popular songs. Presenting a guided tour of topically arranged, select songs, he points out the most  Read more...

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"Finson's work represents a superior addition to a body of literature..."--American Music"Finson's history of the racial, societal, and theatrical factors that went into minstrel show stereotypes is Read more...

 
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