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Cambridge History of American Music

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ISBN-10: 0521545544

ISBN-13: 9780521545549

Edition: 2004

Authors: David Nicholls

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The Cambridge History of American Music celebrates the richness of Americas musical life. It is the first study of music in the United States to be written by a team of scholars. American music is an intricate tapestry of many cultures, and the History reveals this wide array of influences from Native, European, African, Asian, and other sources. The History begins with a survey of the music of Native Americans and then explores the social, historical, and cultural events of musical life in the period until 1900. Other contributors examine the growth and influence of popular musics, including film and stage music, jazz, rock, and immigrant, folk, and regional musics. The volume also…    
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List price: $70.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/24/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 654
Size: 6.02" wide x 8.94" long x 1.57" tall
Weight: 2.244
Language: English

David Nicholls was born in 1966 in Eastleigh, Hampshire. Nicholls studied English Literature and Drama at the University of Bristol. When he graduated he won a scholarship to study at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. David appeared in plays at the Battersea Arts Centre, the Finborough, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Birmingham Rep, and had a three year stint at the Royal National Theatre, understudying and playing small parts. During this period David took a job at BBC Radio Drama as a script reader/researcher and he developed an adaptation of Sam Shepard's stage-play Simpatico with the director Matthew Warchus. He also wrote his first original script, Waiting, which was…    

Notes on contributors
Editor�s preface
American Indian musics, past and present
Music in America: an overview (part 1)
Secular music to 1800
Sacred music to 1800
African-American music to 1900
Immigrant, folk and regional musics in the nineteenth century
Nineteenth-century popular music
Art music from 1800 to 1860
Art music from 1860 to 1920
Music in America: an overview (part 2)
Immigrant, folk and regional musics in the twentieth century
Popular song and popular music on stage and film
The rock and roll era
Ragtime and early jazz
Jazz from 1930 to 1960
Jazz since 1960
Tonal traditions in art music from 1920 to 1960
Serialism and complexity
Avant-garde and experimental music
Tonal traditions in art music since 1960
Bibliography and references