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Author Crawford, Richard, 1935-

Title America's musical life : a history / Richard Crawford.

Imprint New York ; London : W.W. Norton, 2005, ©2001.


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 South Windsor Public Library - Non Fiction  780.973 C85A    Check Shelf
 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  780.973 C899A    Check Shelf
 Windsor Locks Public Library - Adult Department  780.973 CRA    Check Shelf
Description xvi, 976 pages : illustrations, portraits, facsimiles, music ; 24 cm.
Series Norton paperback
Note Originally published: 2001.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 897-923) and index.
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 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 -- Classical music in the postwar years -- "Rock around the clock" : the rise of rock and roll -- Songs of loneliness and praise : postwar vernacular trends -- Jazz, broadway, and musical permanence -- Melting pot or pluralism? : popular music and ethnicity -- From accessability to transcendence : the Beatles, rock, and popular music -- Trouble girls, minimalists, and the gap : the 1960s to the 1980s -- Black music and American identity.
Summary Richard Crawford tells the 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.
Subject Music -- United States -- History and criticism.
Music (OCoLC)fst01030269
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
ISBN 0393327264 (pbk.)
9780393327267 (pbk.)
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