Music in the USA A Documentary Companion

ISBN-10: 0195139887
ISBN-13: 9780195139884
Edition: 2007
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Description: Music in the USA: A Documentary Companion charts a path through American music and musical life using as guides the words of composers, performers, writers and the rest of us ordinary folks who sing, dance, and listen. The anthology of primary  More...

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List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/26/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 640
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 3.388
Language: English

Music in the USA: A Documentary Companion charts a path through American music and musical life using as guides the words of composers, performers, writers and the rest of us ordinary folks who sing, dance, and listen. The anthology of primary sources contains about 160 selections from 1540 to 2000. Sometimes the sources are classics in the literature around American music, for example, the Preface to the Bay Psalm Book, excerpts from Slave Songs of the United States, and Charles Ives extolling Emerson. But many other selections offer uncommon sources, including a satirical story about a Yankee music teacher; various columns from 19th-century German American newspapers; the memoirs of a 19th-century diva; Lottie Joplin remembering her husband Scott; a little-known reflection of Copland about Stravinsky; an interview with Muddy Waters from the Chicago Defender; a letter from Woody Guthrie on the "spunkfire" attitude of a folk song; a press release from the Country Music Association; and the Congressional testimony around "Napster." "Sidebar" entries occasionally bring a topic or an idea into the present, acknowledging the extent to which revivals of many kinds of music play a role in American contemporary culture. This book focuses on the connections between theory and practice to enrich our understanding of the diversity of American musical experiences. Designed especially to accompany college courses which survey American music as a whole, the book is also relevant to courses in American history and American Studies.

Carol J. Oja is William Powell Mason Professor of Music at Harvard University and the author of "Making Music Modern: New York in the 1920s". Judith Tick is Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Music at Northeastern University and the author of "Ruth Crawford Seeger: A Composer's Search for American Music".

Preface Introduction Acknowledgements Table of Contents List of Illustrations Figures and Graphics 1540-1770 1. Early Encounters between Indigenous Peoples and European Explorers, 1540-1642 (Castaneda, Drake, de Meras, Smith, Wood) 2. From the Preface to the Bay Psalm Book (1640) 3. Four Translations of Psalm 100 (Tehilim, Bay Psalm Book, 1640 and 1698, Watts) 4. From the Diaries of Samuel Sewall 5. The Ministers Rally for Musical Literacy, 1720-21 (Mather, Walter, Symmes) 6. Benjamin Franklin Advises His Brother on How to Write a Ballad and How Not to Write like Handel (ca. 1764) 7. Advertisements and Notices from Colonial Newspapers, 1716-1774 8. Social Music for the Elite in Colonial Williamsburg in the 1750s/1770-1830 9. "Christopher Crotchet, Singing Master from Quavertown" 10. Singing the Revolution (Adams, Dickinson, Greeley) 11. Elisha Bostwick Hears a Scots Prisoner Sing "Gypsie Laddie" in 1777 12. A Sidebar into Ballad Scholarship ca.1880-1970: The Wanderings of "The Gypsy Laddie" (Child, Sharp, Coffin, Bronson) 13. William Billings and the New Psalmody, 1770-1794 (Billings, Gould) 14. Daniel Read on Pirating and "Scientific Music," ca. 1790-1830 15. Padre Narciso Duran Describes Musical Training at the Mission San Jose, 1813-1815 16. Moravian Musical Life at Bethlehem in the 1800s (Henry, Till, Bowne) 17. Reverend Burkitt Brings Camp Meeting Hymns from Kentucky to North Carolina in 1803 18. John Fanning Watson and The Errors in Methodist Worship (1819) 19. Reverend James B. Finley and Mononcue Sing "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" in 1823 20. Turn-of-the Century Theater Songs from Reinagle, Rowson, and Carr: "America, Commerce, and Freedom" and "The Little Sailor Boy"/1830-1870 21. Thomas D. Rice Acts Out "Jim Crow" and "Cuff," in the 1830s 22. William M. Whitlock, Banjo Player for the Virginia Minstrels in the 1850s 23. Edwin P. Christy, Stephen Foster, and "Ethiopian Minstrelsy" 24. Stephen Foster's Legacy, ca. 1845-1960 (Foster, Gordon, Robb, Simpson, Willis, Galli-Curci, Kuller and Webster, Charles) 25. The Fasola Folk, The Southern Harmony and The Sacred Harp, ca. 1830-1860 (Walker, White, and King ) 26. A Sidebar into the Discovery of Shape-Note Music by a National Audience (Jackson, the 1991 Edition) 27. The Boston Public Schools Set a National Precedent in Music Education in 1837 28. Music Education for American Girls in the 1850s 29. Lorenzo Da Ponte Recruits an Italian Opera Company for New York (1831) 30. Early Expressions of Cultural Nationalism in the 1850s (Hopkins, Fry, Putnam's Monthly)/31. John S. Dwight Remembers How He and His Circle "Were But Babes in Music" 32. George Templeton Strong Hears the American Premiere of Beethoven's Fifth in 1841 33. German Americans Adapting and Contributing to Musical Life in the Mid 1800s 34. Emil Klauprecht's German-American novel, Cincinnati, oder die Geheimnisse des Westens, 1854 35. P. T. Barnum and the Jenny Lind Fever in 1850 36. Miska Hauser, Hungarian Violinist, Pans For Musical Gold in 1853 37. From the Journals of Louis Moreau Gottschalk 38. The 'Four-Part Blend' of the Hutchinson Family 39. Walt Whitman's Conversion to Opera in the 1850s 40. Clara Kellogg and the Memoirs of an American Prima Donna in the 1860s and '70s 41. Frederick Douglass from My Bondage and My Freedom, 1855 42. Harriet Beecher Stowe and Two Scenes from Uncle Tom's Cabin, 1852 43. From Slave Songs of the U

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