America's Musical Life A History

ISBN-10: 0393327264

ISBN-13: 9780393327267

Edition: 2005

Authors: Richard Crawford

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"A superb, all-encompassing survey of music in America."Kirkus Reviews. Winner of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award. When it comes to American music, America's Musical Life is "the best one-volume history yet on the subject for musicians and enthusiasts, professional or amateur" (Kirkus Reviews). "Well-researched and sensitively constructed" (Library Journal) and "a book that welcomes the reader, who is happy to keep returning for more" (Music Library Association Notes), America's Musical Life tells the story of American music making in rich detail. In chronicling American music's bountiful heritage, this "superb book presents the whole sweep of U.S. cultivated and traditional musicfrom 16th-century Native American music through late 20th-century hip-hop culture." A substantial cultural achievement, "this definitive history of music in the U.S. is sure to delight music aficionados and history buffs alike, and is a must for anyone interested in what music has meant to America and what America has meant to music" (Publishers Weekly). 200 illustrations.
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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/17/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 992
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 3.014
Language: English

Richard Crawford is Hans T. David Distinguished University Professor at the University of Michigan and perhaps the most highly respected scholar teaching American music today. A past president of the American Musicological Society, Crawford has published ten books on American music and won numerous honors, fellowships, and awards, including election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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
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 Philip 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 Tin Pan Alley
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
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 Accessibility to Transcendence: The Beatles, Rock, and Popular Music
Trouble Girls, Minimalists, and The Gap: The 1960s to the 1980s
Black Music and American Identity
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